American Rescue Plan funded writing grant for ‘non-binary’ 13-year-olds, Muslim jazz series in New York

Thousands of dollars from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act have funded a writing scholarship targeting “non-binary” 13-year-olds and a Muslim jazz music series, among dozens of other humanities projects at New York that do not appear to be related to COVID -19 pandemic recovery.

The ARP Act, which Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was touted by the Democratic Party as an economic necessity to get the country through the pandemic. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which received $135 million from the plan, announced in June 2021 that it had allocated $51.6 million in ARP funding to “state and jurisdictional humanities councils and interim partners to support the recovery and reopening of humanities organizations and programs across the country. »

Months later, Humanities New York distributed more than $360,000 in ARP funds to dozens of organizations, including a $10,000 grant to Urban Word NYC to launch three literary arts scholarships for marginalized youth. . One of the taxpayer-funded fellowships, the Black Girl Magic Fellowship, is a series “for NYC/NJ-based girls and non-binary youth ages 13-19, focused on their development as writers, building their self-esteem and problem solving. that matter most to them,” according to the Urban Word website.

President Biden speaks during a U.S. bailout event in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 12, 2021 in Washington, DC
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Humanities New York awarded another $10,000 ARP grant to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to create a five-part musical series on the influence of Islam and Muslims in jazz.

“This ongoing series highlights the contributions of Islam and Muslims to the birth and continued growth of jazz,” the National Jazz Museum website says. “These talks and concerts are fundamental to changing conversations and attitudes about ‘belonging’ in jazz history for Muslims and other marginalized groups.”

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Humanities New York awarded another $10,000 ARP grant to Roots Wounds Words to create a series of lectures aimed at providing Black, Indigenous, and storytellers of color “opportunities to deepen their literary craft in genres such as non -creative fiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and more.”

President Biden signs the US bailout, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington.
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Humanities New York awarded another $10,000 ARP grant to the Pan Am Museum Foundation to “explore how racial diversity has changed the airline industry.”

Nearly another $10,000 was spent creating a “cultural sensitivity training” program at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, and another $9,425 went to Seven Generations of Stewards to host a festival on “the Native American culture, history, foods and social issues,” to name a few.

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Fox News Digital has extensively reported on the millions of ARP funds that have funded social and climate justice programs across the country that have next to nothing to do with pandemic relief.

For example, NEH awarded the Oral History Association $825,000 in ARP funds for a grant project titled “Diversifying Oral History Practice: A Fellowship Program for Under/Unemployed Oral Historians,” which provided 11 one-year fellowships. $60,000 each for oral historians “from historically marginalized communities in the field,” such as “Indigenous peoples, people of color, people with disabilities, and working people.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), flanked by Senate Democrats Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) , Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), speak during a Child Tax Credit press conference in the Senate Studio on Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Today, about $15 billion begins flowing to families with nearly 60 million eligible children in the first monthly payment of the U.S. bailout’s increased and expanded child tax credit that was adopted in March.
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The NEH awarded an additional $499,023 to the University of Montana for several racial justice programs, including a public lecture series on “Racial Justice, Death, and Indigenous Knowledge.”

The Science History Institute of Philadelphia received $359,097 from the NEH to create a “multi-platform project exploring the historical roots and enduring legacies of racism in American science and medicine.” The same institute previously received a $1,230,100 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on April 14, 2020.

An additional $200,000 in ARP funds went to the Chicago Humanities Festival to create “six humanities programs on racial justice, gender equality, and building an inclusive society.” The group previously secured a total of $778,236 on two PPP loans between April 2020 and January 2021.

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Many economists have blamed the ARP for overheating the economy and contributing to the current crisis in inflation, which hit 8.2% last month.

The NEH and Humanities New York did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

New York is just one of several states that have awarded ARP funds to humanities projects, including Illinois, Delaware, Idaho and Pennsylvania, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act and shared with Fox News Digital.

Jessica Chasmar is a digital editor on the political team at Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to [email protected]

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