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Award Nominations Open

Award Nominations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2010
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing and Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 • traci@okhumanitiescouncil.org

Nominations Open for 2011 Oklahoma Humanities Awards

Oklahoma City, OK—The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) is accepting nominations for the 2011 Oklahoma Humanities Awards, which will be presented at a formal event in February at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The annual event honors outstanding contributions to the humanities in Oklahoma. The deadline for nominations is September 1.

OHC executive director Ann Thompson stated that the annual awards demonstrate how Oklahomans are enriched by humanities education, conversation, exhibits, and other events. “This is the time that we acknowledge outstanding contributions that enhance our quality of life and help us understand our place in the world,” said Thompson.

Nominations are encouraged for humanities projects that took place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 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: honoringa 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.

Awardees for 2010 included H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, Devon Energy Cooperation, the Lincoln County Historical Society, the Cherokee Nation Education Program, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. To view videos of the 2010 awardees, visit http://www.youtube.com/OKHumanitiesCouncil.

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

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.

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