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OHC Grants More Than $71,000

OHC Grants More Than $71,000

For Immediate Release
October 21, 2010
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing and Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 * traci@okhumanitiescouncil.org

OHC Grants More Than $71,000 to Fund Local Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - At a recent meeting of its board of trustees, the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) made awards and grant offers totaling more than $71,000 to cultural organizations presenting humanities programs. Funded projects include exhibits, discussions, and other cultural events. OHC accepts major grant applications twice a year to encourage public humanities programming at the local level.

OHC executive director Ann Thompson says that the Council has a long history of support for cultural and educational events across the state. "As the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are mandated to grant federal funds to help foster humanities programming," said Thompson. "It is through these grants that we ensure Oklahomans have access to cultural events in their local communities. We're proud to help fund these outstanding projects that will serve thousands of people."

As individual programs are finalized, event information will be posted on the OHC calendar at: www.okhumanitiescouncil.org/calendar. Grant applications and guidelines are available online at: www.okhumanitiescouncil.org/grants.

Funded Projects and Offers:

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City--$7,500 to support the exhibit George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher, the first comprehensive retrospective of the famous designer's work. The exhibit will include 120 objects, including chairs, benches, cabinets, as well as over 50 historical documents.

Pioneer Library System Foundation, Norman--$15,000 for The Pioneer Library System's Big Read 2011. The six-week event will promote reading and encourage discussion of The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien. Programs include a panel discussion, scholar-led presentations at each library, and a presentation by Tim O'Brien at the conclusion of the project.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah--$2,500 for the 39th Annual Symposium on the American Indian. The theme is "Hands Across Nations: Smart Legacies-Strong Spirits" and will take place April 11-16, 2011 on the NSU campus. Programming includes panel discussions, the American Indian Symposium Film Series, workshops and the NSU Spring Powwow.

Jacobson Foundation, Norman--$5,000 for Weaving Traditions: For the Community and Its Native Population, a series of community programs to take place at the Historic Jacobson House. The programs include a course on Kiowa language; intertribal powwow songs and traditions; a Plains style beadwork class; and Southeast Woodlands basket weaving classes.

The City of Oklahoma City--$8,500 for Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later, an exhibit that explores the history of the City of Oklahoma City and the development of the city's form of government. The exhibit will be displayed in City Hall and will also feature two public lectures that explore the themes of the exhibit.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City--$10,000 for the exhibit Allen True's West, a traveling exhibit that explores the work of Allen Tupper True, regarded as Colorado's premier native-born artist of the early 20th century. The exhibit will feature three distinct phases of True's career: illustrator, easel painter, and mural painter.

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond--$2,500 for Technology and the Humanities: How the Internet Creates Transdisciplinary Humanities, a yearly symposium aimed at introducing the humanities to a diverse audience. The event will features a presentation by Dr. Richard Miller, an internationally recognized expert on writing in the digital age and how technology relates to the humanities in the 21st century.

Southern Prairie Library System, Altus--$7,785 for Historical Tapestry Tour of Southwest Oklahoma, a video tour of five sites in Jackson County that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The program also features a live bus tour and a Historical Tapestry Tour Brochure that will be available at schools, libraries, and museums.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah--$6,300 for the Cherokee Humanities Course, an interdisciplinary course that explores Cherokee beliefs, practices, and behaviors from historical to contemporary times. The course is led by traditional and political leaders, noted scholars, and tribal elders and will focus on Cherokee history, culture, and language.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah--$6,750 for an exhibit that explores the history of the Cherokee Female Seminary, one of the first higher education institutes built for women west of the Mississippi River. The exhibit will further explore the educational system of the period as well as tell the stories of the students and faculty. The exhibit will also feature a computer generated recreation of the seminary, which stood in Park Hill from 1851-1872

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.