Congratulations to Professor Nancy Marie Mithlo is a grant recipient of the 2021 Chancellor’s Arts Initiative!
The Chancellor’s Council on the Arts and the Office for Research and Creative Activities are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Chancellor’s Arts Initiative. The grant awards support projects from 12 UCLA faculty members, which range in scope from an exhibition spotlighting Black music in Los Angeles to an archive that expands documentation of underrepresented voices of American Indian activism.
A total of $150,000 in funding was awarded to faculty in the departments of architecture and urban design; English, Spanish and Portuguese; ethnomusicology; film, television and digital media; gender studies; music; sociology and African American studies; theater; UCLA Library; urban planning; and world arts and cultures/dance. After receiving a significant response and based on the strength of the submissions, the Office for Research and Creative Activities increased the funding from $100,000 to $150,000.
The projects will advance arts-related research that is timely, relevant, excellent, original and increases public awareness of the arts at UCLA. Priority was given to projects that contribute to UCLA’s larger commitments to sustainability, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.
Richard Ray Whitman, a member of the Yuchi Tribe, enrolled with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and a collaborator with Nancy Mithlo on the project “Expanding the Archive: American Indian Activism and Native Artists’ Life Histories”
Nancy Mithlo, gender studies
“Expanding the Archive: American Indian Activism and Native Artists’ Life Histories”
“Expanding the Archive” proposes the documentation of underrepresented voices of American Indian activism, focusing on artists who took part in the movement and the connection between their commitment to equity and their life histories as practicing artists. This project proposes a focus on Oklahoma City and Santa Fe, New Mexico, as hubs of activism wed with artistic legacies.