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Countdown Begins for 2013 Oklahoma Humanities Awards

Countdown Begins for 2013 Oklahoma Humanities Awards

Oklahoma City, OK—Less than two months remain to nominate individuals, organizations, and projects for the 2013 Oklahoma Humanities Awards. These awards will be presented at a dinner on March 28, 2013 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. This annual event honors outstanding contributions to the humanities in Oklahoma. The deadline for nominations is September 1.

OHC assistant director David Pettyjohn stated this is the seventh year for the annual awards event and each class of awardees has been richly deserving. “The work of many former awardees was unknown to us until we received their nominations. They worked within their communities, independent of OHC funding,” Pettyjohn said. “That is why it is so vital for our state’s nonprofits to help by sending in nominations. It is a great opportunity to recognize an organization, individual or project that has helped Oklahomans understand the importance of the humanities.”

Nominations are encouraged for humanities projects that took place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 in the following categories:

  • Oklahoma Humanities Award: honoring an individual who has contributed significantly to the understanding of the humanities in Oklahoma.
  • Public Humanities Award: honoring an individual scholar responsible for outstanding public humanities programming in a library, museum, historical society, or other cultural institution.
  • Community Leadership Award: honoring an institution or individual that creates or participates in a community-based program promoting public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities.
  • Community Support Award: honoring a business, foundation, or individual that has contributed critical financial support to public humanities programming in Oklahoma.
  • Humanities in Education Award: honoring a K-12 administrator, instructor, tribal education program, or school district that exhibits or supports excellence in humanities education.
  • Outstanding OHC Project: recognizing an outstanding humanities project made possible by an Oklahoma Humanities Council program or grant.
Award recipients are selected by a committee of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. OHC staff will work with awardees and nominators in the production of videos that will be presented at the awards dinner.

Videos of previous awardees are located at http://www.youtube.com/OKHumanitiesCouncil.

Nomination forms and guidelines are posted on http://www.okhumanities.org/oklahoma-humanities-awards. For additional information, contact OHC assistant director David Pettyjohn: david@okhumanities.org or (405) 235-0280.

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