The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University has now selected its first cohort of Greek public humanities projects. Seven projects in the fields of history, creative arts, and education will receive support over a 14-month period to bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for the Greek public. The projects are based throughout Greece—in Argos, Athens, Keratsini, Lefkada, Sikinos, Skyros, and Tinos. They work with local history, collective memory, museum archives, refugee material culture, folk traditions, underground publishing, and minority students and will result in an outdoor walking museum, hip-hop album, digital archive, history of science program, zine workshops, interactive map, and audio library, and wall tapestry.
The Initiative supports the transformative work of a new generation of arts professionals and educators, and seeks to maximize their social impact throughout Greece and beyond by leveraging the reciprocal benefits that the University and public humanities practitioners offer one another. The University, through the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, will provide project members access both to world-class scholars and creative thinkers, and to expertise in areas such as digital humanities, oral history, curation, and community-based educational programming. It will also facilitate outreach efforts and networking with partners beyond Greece. In turn, project leaders will bring into the pedagogic and intellectual life of the University their knowledge of the contemporary Greek cultural landscape, innovative educational practices, and ground-up institution-building.