The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture has received a major planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its forthcoming project, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Additionally, the exhibition was designated a NEH "We the People" project by the Endowment. The goal of the "We the People" initiative is to "encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America." Dr. Maurice Berger, Senior Research Scholar of CADVC, is the Project Director and Curator of For All The World To See.
The exhibition is being organized in partnership with The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC. It will open in New York in May 2010 at the International Center of Photography, with a film festival and public programming at the New York Public Library. The show will travel to the National Museum of American History for the summer of 2011 and then on to the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in late 2012 and to museums across the United States as part of its national tour. Prof. David Yager, Executive Director of CADVC, notes that the grant and "We the People" designation will "help us to create the best exhibition possible and reach a broad and diverse audience, both at UMBC and through the project's extensive national tour. The NEH award and special designation acknowledges not only the excellence and quality of For All The World To See, but also highlights CADVC's ongoing commitment to presenting exhibitions and publications dedicated to race and culture."