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OHC Awards Grants

OHC Awards Grants

May 14, 2010

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

OHC Grants More Than $77,000 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 $77,000 to cultural organizations presenting humanities programs. Funded projects include exhibits, discussions, a teacher institute, a television documentary, 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: http://www.okhumanitiescouncil.org/calendar. Grant applications and guidelines are available online at: http://www.okhumanitiescouncil.org/grants.

Funded Projects and Offers:

Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee – $15,000 to support the Five Tribes Story Conference, a two-day event that will include cultural performances and readings, followed by academic-focused panels and public discussions.

Cameron University, Lawton – $3,120.50 to support a public forum, “Alternative Energy: Promoting and Realizing the New Energy Frontier Today.” A panel of experts will discuss Oklahoma’s energy past and future and explore a deeper understanding of cultural and historical characteristics of the Southwest Oklahoma region related to issues of energy policy.

Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Wichita, KS – $5,000 to conduct interviews and filming for the documentary series “Lost Nation: The Ioway,” which examines the loss of a unique Native American culture and chronicles present-day efforts by tribal members to preserve and restore their culture.

Oklahoma Arts Institute, Norman – $8,500 to develop and print a walking tour booklet that informs visitors of the significance of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works of art at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center.

Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Edmond – $4,900 to support the annual “American Indian Learners” workshop and conference series. This year’s conference will focus on technology and how it can enhance the educational experiences of Native American students. The conference strives to increase awareness and understanding about Native American cultures among non-Native students and educators.

Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City – $7,700 to host poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia as the keynote speaker at the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature. Events will include a workshop on the Poetry Out Loud program for teachers and a public lecture.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City – $10,000 to mount the exhibit La Serenissima, which will feature 65 works of 18th-century Venetian art. The exhibition will survey painters and printmakers and their influence on later artistic movements in Europe, including 19th-century impressionism. Oklahoma City will be the sole venue for the exhibit.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City – $8,500 to support the Art 365 project, engaging artists, curators, and the public with contemporary art as a way to draw meaning from contemporary life and reflect creatively about the world. The project will include an exhibit, a catalogue on artwork and artists, and public programming.

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa – $5,000 to present a teacher institute entitled “At the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Culture: Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street, Latina Women, and Diverse Faces of American Immigration.” The institute will explore a deeper understanding of Oklahoma’s cultural diversity and encourage teachers to develop teaching methods that cultivate race, gender, and cultural awareness in curriculum.

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa – $5,000 to produce the exhibit Breaking the Glass: Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures, which will compare the traditions of Jewish weddings to those of other diverse faiths and people who settled in Oklahoma. The exhibit will examine customs, gifts, wedding attire, jewelry, and wedding rituals from Christian faiths, Islamic traditions, and Eastern religions.

University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Edmond – $5,000 to fabricate Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma, an exhibit that explores the early years of UCO as a training site for public school teachers in Oklahoma Territory, its relevance to the Edmond community, and the importance of “Old North,” the National Register structure that was the first building dedicated to higher learning in Oklahoma Territory.

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