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TO APPLY—NEH Landmarks Little Tokyo Workshop

Little Tokyo: How History Shapes a Community Across Generations

An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop for teachers

Los Angeles, CA

July 17-22 and July 24-29, 2022

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Application period is now closed


The NEH-funded Landmarks of American History and Culture program gives K-12 educators the opportunity to engage with projects that situate the study of topics and themes in K-12 humanities within sites, areas, or regions of historic and cultural significance. Projects employ a place-based approach and are designed to offer educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. While this program is open to all K-12 educators, the sessions and materials for Little Tokyo: How History Shapes a Community Across Generations are designed primarily for educators who work with grades 6-12.

Each Landmarks program is offered twice in one summer and accommodates 36 educators in each one-week session.

Session one: July 17 - July 22, 2022
Session two: July 24 - July 29, 2022

Please note that applicants apply to specific programs directly and not to the Landmarks program in general. Prior to completing an application to Little Tokyo: How History Shapes a Community Across Generations, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

Participant Stipends, Expectations, and Conditions of Award

Each participant will receive a $1,300 stipend after completing the workshop. This stipend is intended to help compensate participants for their time commitment and to defray the costs of participation in the workshop which may include expenses such as travel, housing, and meals. Stipends are taxable as income.

Applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the Landmarks program and to participate in its work on a full time basis while abiding by the NEH Principles of Civility at all times. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, a pro rata share of the stipend is received.

Participants are required to submit an assessment of their program experience and its values to their personal and professional development. These confidential evaluations will become a part of the project’s grant file and final report submitted to the NEH.

In addition participants are expected to create one lesson plan around workshop content using the Smithsonian Learning Lab. This can be worked on during and after the workshop period. A basic concept must be provided at the end of the workshop with a finished lesson completed no later than September 5, 2022.

COVID-19 safety precautions

All participants must agree to follow all local, state, and federal public health safety guidelines for the duration of the workshop as required by the Japanese American National Museum in accordance with public health orders. These may include but are not limited to masking and testing policies and proof of full vaccination.

JANM has taken additional precautions by installing UV lights in the HVAC system, which are effective at killing germs, viruses, mold spores, bacteria and fungi as they pass through the air system.

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

NEH Participant Eligibility Criteria

Landmarks programs are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as homeschooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel— such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate. At least three spaces per workshop session or six spaces total for the entire program must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (five or fewer years teaching experience). Participants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an instructor or academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g. taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

Application Deadline

Participant applications are due no later than Monday, March 1, 2022.

Principles of Civility for NEH Professional Development Programs

NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks programs are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

Seminar, Institute, and Landmarks presentations and discussions should be:

  1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  2. conducted without partisan advocacy;
  3. respectful of divergent views;
  4. free of ad hominem commentary; and
  5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias.
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How To Apply

The application period for this workshop has closed and applications are no longer being accepted.


Selection Committee and Criteria

Participants will be selected by a committee consisting of three or more members, including the project director and at least one K-12 classroom teacher. This committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications.

  • At least three spaces per session (six total for the entire program) will be reserved for educators who are new to the profession (five or fewer years teaching experience).
  • While previous NEH Landmarks, Institutes, and Seminar participants are eligible to apply and can attend, first consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH-supported professional development program.
  • Preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity and dissemination of the workshop.
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Application Notification Procedures

All applicants will be notified of their status via email (whether accepted, waitlisted, or not accepted) on Friday, March 25, 2022.

In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two NEH summer programs, but may attend only one NEH program per summer. Once they have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Landmarks, Institutes, or Seminars), participants may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.


Participant Acceptance Deadline

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer by Friday, April 8, 2022.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).


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