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HISTORIC HOBO DAY – $11,987

KRISTI NOEM | SOUTH DAKOTA-1 | REPUBLICAN South Dakota State University received $11,987 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the preservation of Historic Hobo Day in Brookings, South Dakota. On Hobo Day, the school’s homecoming celebration, students dress as “hobos” to march, ride floats, and drive the “Bum-mobile” in a parade through the campus and downtown Brookings. The federal funding supported the digitization of community-held Hobo Day artifacts.

SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF OBESE GIRLS – $418,579 CHAKA FATTAH | PENNSYLVANIA-2 | DEMOCRAT

This Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study, funded by $418,579 from HHS, addressed the claim that obese girls have fewer dating and sexual experiences, but take greater sexual risks by not using condoms. By comparing intimate relationships among obese and non-obese girls, this study sought to determine whether obese adolescent girls experience a delay in the development of intimate relationship skills and whether the effects of obesity change over time.

TAI CHI FOR THE ELDERLY – $696,723

MIKE CAPUANO | MASSACHUSETTS-7 | DEMOCRAT The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly received nearly $700,000 from HHS to instruct elderly individuals in Tai Chi. According to the proposal, the instructors hope to improve the “overall function” of these participants at this center in Boston, Massachusetts, by teaching them this Chinese martial art.

VIDEO GAME FOR YOUR FUTURE-SELF – $651,498 ROBERT WITTMAN | VIRGINIA-1 | REPUBLICAN

A $651,498 HHS grant to Research and Evaluation Solutions, Inc. was described in the federal data as “A Virtual Learning World for Tweens to Experience Possible Selves (ME GAMES).” Through games like “My World of Dreams,” “The Valley of Others,” “Disappointments Bridge,” and “The Sea of Hope,” the goal was to “make the future feel close,” allowing adolescents to explore their future selves.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED CELEBRATIONS – $1,564,070 In fiscal year 2016, the federal government awarded 58 grants to support various “celebrations,” spanning city and town anniversaries to jazz master performances. For example, the NEA granted $100,000 to the Los Angeles neighborhood Pacoima for a local arts celebration, $100,000 “to support a celebration of Buffalo’s diversity through public performance,” and $20,000 for a “print marathon” celebrating the 20th anniversary for a contemporary art printing shop in Cleveland, Ohio.

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OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...

OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...