The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez will get support by NEH for outdoor sculptures


Rafael Ferrer, Yagüez, 1968, Escultura en acero pintado
Jardín frente al Edificio Luis de Celis, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $31.5 million in grants for 226 humanities projects across the country. These grants will support the publication of a Library of America anthology and accompanying national public programs series at 90 public libraries on 400 years of Latino poetry and enable the development of machine-learning algorithms to compare and classify features of Realist, Impressionist, and Barbizon School paintings to help art historians trace the spread of artistic styles.

This round of funding, NEH’s third and last for fiscal year 2022, will support vital humanities research, education, preservation, and public programs. These peer-reviewed grants were awarded in addition to $52 million in annual operating support provided to the national network of state and jurisdictional humanities councils.

“NEH is proud to support the many scholars, curators, storytellers, filmmakers, and teachers who are helping preserve, examine, and share the country’s rich and expansive history and culture,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “From books and documentaries to the preservation of cultural heritage materials, these 226 exceptional projects will foster the exchange of ideas and increase access to humanities knowledge, resources, and experiences.”

The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, will receive $10,000 [Preservation Assistance Grants] by the The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its conservation assessment of fourteen outdoor sculptures occupying its campus. The works are by local and regional artists, including Carmen Inés Blondet, José Buscaglia, Rafael Ferrer, María Matos, and Julio Plaza. Project Director: Pedro Fortunato Velazquez