“An interactive timeline of the history of African-American music developed by Carnegie Hall, the digital re-creation of the acoustics of cultural sites, a series of short animated videos about basic concepts in philosophy and a virtual-reality game allowing users to explore the ancient pueblo of Mesa Verde are among the 253 recipients of new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities,” writes Jennifer Schuessler in Wednesday’s (12/12) New York Times. “The grants, which total $14.8 million, are the endowment’s third and final round of the year. They [support] projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico…. Digital projects receiving support include an interactive graphic novel about a 1741 slave rebellion in New York City, being developed by the group Historic Hudson Valley, and an augmented-reality experience at the Chicago History Museum that will take visitors to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition…. The soundscape project, created by a team at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will digitally recreate the ‘auditory signature’ of a historic studio on Nashville’s Music Row and the 3,000-year-old Chavin de Huantar archaeological site in Peru as part of an effort to establish protocols for preserving the ‘aural heritage’ of historic sites and structures.”

Posted December 13, 2018