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New Harmonies Deadline Drawing Near

New Harmonies Deadline Drawing Near

October 12, 2011
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing and Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 * [email protected]


Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) invites smaller museums, libraries, and historical societies in towns fewer than 20,000 residents to apply to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibition called New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. The exhibit will tour six Oklahoma communities from March 2013 through January 2014. For more information on Museum on Main Street, please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

This is an opportunity for communities to tell their own stories while showcasing this nationally renowned exhibit. The exhibit is small enough for ease in installation; only 800 square feet is required. Hosts for previous tours in Oklahoma have benefitted by using the exhibit tour for fundraising, increasing visitation and visibility, complementing a festival or special event, providing educational opportunities for school students, and partnering with other community organizations. Even when the exhibit leaves town after its tour, the benefits continue to accrue. To watch how one of these communities used the exhibit, Journey Stories, visit the Oklahoma Humanities Council's YouTube page, OKHumanitiesCouncil and click on 2011 Outstanding OHC Project - Newkirk Journey Stories .

Host sites will be selected based on geographic location, evidence of strong community support, strength of proposed ideas for supplementary events, and physical event space. The only fee is $250 to secure the tour and OHC grant funds are available for supplementary programming.

Applications are due November 1, 2011. The Oklahoma Humanities Council will work with an organization every step of the way to insure a successful tour for that community.

About New Harmonies
Listen to America's music and hear the story of freedom. It's the story of people in a New World, places they have left behind, and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world is remade. The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song -- both sacred and secular. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people -- Americans. Their music is the roots of American music.

The main beat of the exhibition is the on-going cultural process that has made America the birthplace of more music than any place on earth. The exhibition provides a fascinating, inspiring, and toe-tapping listen to the American story of multi-cultural exchange. The story is full of surprises about familiar songs, histories of instruments, the roles of religion and technology, and the continuity of musical roots from "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to the latest hip hop CD.

Host site applications are available online at www.okhumanities.org. For more information about this opportunity, please contact David Pettyjohn, OHC Assistant Director, at 405/235-0280 or via email [email protected]

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote 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.