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Thank you for your interest in applying to the CAC’s Summer 2021 NEH Landmarks Workshop, “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.”

We are currently accepting applications for “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.” We will be hosting two separate workshops, the first from July 11−17 and the second from July 25−31. Please note that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these workshops will be conducted online.

Applicants who submitted materials for the summer 2020 workshop (canceled due to COVID-19) who would like to re-submit for 2021 should email to notify us of their continued interest. Please include “Landmarks Applicant 2020” in the subject line of your email.

If you have not already submitted your materials, please use the application form below.

Note: This application form will not save your progress if you leave the current session. Please save your short-answer responses should your connection be lost.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Contact information

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School or organization information

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Teaching experience

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Essay question 1: What is your interest in this specific workshop and/or our topic of study?

In other words, what is it about Chicago, skyscrapers or architecture that piques your interest? Why are you applying for this CAC workshop among all the great NEH workshops being offered around the country? (500-word limit)

Essay question 2: How will participating in this workshop enhance your teaching or school service?

The more specific you can be about your intentions and needs, the better. Who are the students you serve? How will your participation enhance their learning? How do you imagine connecting this content on skyscrapers and architecture to your existing or future lessons/units/curricula? (500-word limit)

Essay question 3: How will you share your experience with your colleagues?

In other words, what methods will you use and/or what opportunities do you have for communicating your new knowledge and sharing the resources you’ll receive in the workshop? Are other colleagues from your school applying to our workshop as well? What structures are in place for sharing what you’ve learned? (500-word limit)


Tell us some information about your availability.

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Participant Eligibility Criteria

These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K−12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate. 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. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non−U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to participate.

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 an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture program whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.

At least three spaces per week (up to six spaces total for a program) may be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (five years or fewer of teaching experience).

To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual seminar or institute’s website.