Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio receives grant award from California Humanities

Fresno State Students Participating in Zine Making Workshop Fall 2019. Photo by Anthony Cody

Photo: Fresno State Students Participating in Zine Making Workshop Fall 2019. By Anthony Cody.


California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards. Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio has been awarded $5,000 for its project entitled “Sudden Experiments: A Series of Student-Led Public Workshops on Art/Poetry-Making.”

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

“Sudden Experiments” is a series of creative art and poetry-making workshops in coordination with Creative Writing program faculty, Mai Der Vang, and facilitated by student leaders in the Laureate Lab. Workshops will be free, held virtually in fall 2021 and spring 2022.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with our campus and local community, while also giving our students a chance to grow as teaching-artists,” Vang said. “Poetry, art, and the humanities have the potential to transform our world, and I am excited for what the students will create out of this experience.”

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate the grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

A complete list of all Humanities For All Quick Grants can be found on the calhum.org website.

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit calhum.org, or follow California Humanities on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio is located inside the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State. Established in 2016, the Laureate Lab is an open space to explore the dimensions and connections of sculpture, movement, words, performance, and mixed media. To learn more visit the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio webpage, or follow the Laurate Lab on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Contact: Anthony Cody, Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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