This Children’s Cooking Show Wants To Know Why Their Grant Was Rejected
Meet Sara and Sammy, the little stars of “Sup! Kids Cooking.”
“On ‘Sup!’ dinner is the catalyst for exploring a whole universe,” the show’s co-producer Beth Baunoch told mitú. “The show’s primary aims are to foster cross-cultural understanding and empower young people. ‘Sup!’ uses cooking to educate, empower and inspire global citizens.”
Not only are they trying to show kids the fun and healthy side of cooking…
…the show is also encouraging children to learn about different cultures.
Sara and Sammy have even traveled to cook food from places they visit.
Enter the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Bausch told mitú that they applied for a NEH Development Grant to further fund the project and make eight additional episodes. They consulted with humanities advisers and filled out the application with the backing of different local organizations and made sure they followed the NEH’s guidelines.
“The NEH grant requirements focus on the humanities, and our show uses food as a way to explore the humanities. So yes, kids are learning to cook, but the idea is that they learn about the world through cooking [like] music, theatre, art, dance, philosophy, religion, film and language,” Baunoch told mitú. “Each of these themes are explored organically as the hosts contextualize what they are cooking. We also feel strongly that middle school kids, our target demographic, are not getting this type of information on television.”
After sending an application for funding, this is the response that Sup! received from NEH.
According to Baunoch, everyone involved with the show was surprised and saddened by the response from NEH.
“We were frustrated that the powers that be see brown skin and the first thing they do is pigeon hole them and assume they won’t have a large audience appeal,” Baunoch told mitú. “We don’t believe most people think like this. However, the people in power do which affects everyone because they decide what we see on TV. We understood that we don’t have a lot of experience as producers, and that our show is produced right now with no budget. But we have a great show that is backed by organizations that can help raise the production value of if we have money.”
“Fulfilling NEH’s mission, our show will be aided by humanities scholars in anthropology, art, music, language, history and communication,” Baunoch told mitú.
Keep your heads up, Sara and Sammy.
There are more people that support you than don’t.
Editor’s Note: The National Endowment of the Humanities has not responded to a request for comment, though they did tell Latino Rebels that they would never turn down a project based on someone’s ethnicity, but that they couldn’t disclose more information because their selection process was confidential.