November 2, 2014 (New York, NY) - In July 2014, the Sikh Coalition launched the “Connecting with 1984” Small Grants Pool to support and encourage community activism and raise broader Sikh public awareness about the tragic anti-Sikh violence that occurred 30 years ago.
The “Connecting with 1984” project aims to reconnect the sangat with a part of our history that requires justice and reparations, while enabling the diverse talent from within the Sikh community to carry these untold stories forward.
We are excited to share that over the past three months, we have invested nearly $75,000 in dynamic initiatives that continue to highlight and preserve the importance of remembering 1984. These new initiatives have brought awareness to new audiences across the country.
Some of the several exciting initiatives include supporting the launch of the 1984 Living History Project, taking the play “Kultar’s Mime: Four Sikh Children in the Aftermath of 1984” on the road for productions in New York and Washington D.C., and supporting 1984 workshops and panel discussions at conferences. These are just a few of the nearly dozen funded initiatives that will come to fruition in the near future. Stay tuned for more.
Thirty years after the horrific violence, the Sikh community is having a much needed dialogue about the events of 1984. We want to continue to identify opportunities to deliver small grants to keep this conversation going in the months ahead.
We have $25,000 remaining in the Small Grants Pool and we encourage submissions between now and the end of the year.
To learn more about how to apply for the Small Grants Pool, click here.