PISCATAWAY, NJ - In support of local public humanities projects and programming, officials from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) announced it has awarded the Piscataway Public Library a $5,000 incubation grant.

According to a NJCH news release, the library will use the award “to conceptualize and develop their local history collection in a manner that is reflective and inclusive of the diverse community it serves.”

“We're excited to announce that we have been awarded grant funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to plan updates to our local history collection,” said Piscataway library officials in a Facebook post.

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Public humanities programming allows individuals to engage in lifelong learning and share in the exploration of history, values, cultures, and beliefs, said the NJCH. 

“There is very little funding available for experimentation, and yet sometimes what cultural institutions and other nonprofits need most is the ability to explore high stakes questions to which the answers are unknown,” said Executive Director, Dr. Carin Berkowitz.

“That is why our incubation grant exists,” she said. “It has the capacity to launch transformational projects whose outcomes cannot be known beforehand but whose results are incredibly impactful in their communities and in the public humanities more broadly.”

The NJCH awarded a total of $60,678 in incubation grant funding to thirteen organizations in New Jersey. 

For a complete list of award recipients, click here.

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