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Fresno City College Received $25K for Deep Maps Project

Aug 28, 2023

California Humanities has recently announced that Fresno City College will receive one of ten Humanities For All Project Grant Awards. Fresno City College has been awarded $25,000 for its project titled Deep Maps.

Deep Maps will culminate in a visual art exhibition and public program hosted by the Fresno City College Art Space Gallery in the fall of 2024. It will feature artists, designers, and cultural practitioners who make work that deepens understanding of place and landscape.

The Humanities For All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally developed projects that respond to the needs, interests and concerns of Californians, provide accessible learning experiences for the public, and promote understanding among our state’s diverse population.

“A key goal of the Fresno City College project is to center local Indigenous perspectives through on and off campus partnerships and to build complexity into the stories told about Fresno, the Central Valley, and local mountain areas,” said Elena Harvey Collins, FCC Art Space Gallery curator.

Further rooting these ideas within Fresno's local context, the exhibit will include materials related to the region's geographic history, through a reading room in collaboration with the FCC Library.

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate these grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

California Humanities promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975.

Currently in the Art Space Gallery

Join us for the opening reception of a solo exhibition by new Studio Art faculty Marla Sweitzer on September 14 from 5-8 p.m. in the Art Space Gallery AH 101.  Marla Sweitzer: Warping the Distance runs from September 14 to October 26. Regular hours for the Art Space Gallery are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Marla Sweitzer’s ceramic paintings explore how changing light interacts with color as it falls across a hand-built surface. Each form sits between sculpture and painting, blurring the distinction between architecture and landscape. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has exhibited her ceramic sculptures at Housewright Gallery (Seattle), Warbling Collective (London), Jason McCoy Gallery (NYC), and Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture (Knoxville). Sweitzer joins as an Instructor in the Art Department at Fresno City College. 

For additional information contact Elena Harvey Collins at


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