Minnesota Writing Project Wins National Grant Award

The Minnesota Writing Project, housed in the Center for Writing and in partnership with East Side Freedom Library and Speaking Out Collective, has been awarded a grant through the National Writing Project’s Building a More Perfect Union program! As part of the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Building a More Perfect Union funds organizations to develop programming in anticipation of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

The project, titled Reconsidering MN History through Dakota Narratives, is a collaboration of the East Side Freedom Library, Speaking Out Collective, and the Minnesota Writing Project to develop a collection of stories about Dakota history geared towards elementary-age children with accompanying curriculum for teachers. This project will support access for educators and young learners across the state to have access to a more truthful representation of Dakota People in what is known in settler geography as Minnesota. In doing so, this project seeks to live up to the themes of the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding by telling complicated stories, stories when European settlers failed to be their best selves; to commemorate our nationhood by learning from those whose ancestors were here before us in order to create a more perfect union.

You can learn more about the Building a More Perfect Union grant program and the funded projects on the program page.

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