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OHC Grants $62,500 to Fund Local Programs

OHC Grants $62,500 to Fund Local Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - At a recent meeting of its board of trustees, the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) reviewed 13 grant applications during its fall grant round and made awards and grant offers totaling $62,500 to 11 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 is so very pleased to offer these grant funds to organizations around the state. "Our Board of Trustees is always impressed by the good work taking place that help Oklahomans understand the human experience," said Thompson. "These projects make us better informed citizens and increase the quality of our lives. We are happy to provide funding to promote these humanities-based projects."

Funded Projects and Offers:

Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association, Pawnee--$5,000 to support the 2014 Pawnee Bill's Original Wild West Show. Using Pawnee Bill's original route books and programs, organizers will recreate an authentic Wild West show with the best acts and characters from 1886-1913.

Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc., Oklahoma City--$10,000 for Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian. This program will be an examination of the ideas and thoughts of Ralph Ellison as expressed through his love of jazz and blues idioms. The program will use historical narrative and music to weave the story of the lives of two Oklahoma icons.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman--$5,000 for Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition. To celebrate the centennital of distinguished Chiricahua Apache artist, Allan Houser, the museum will showcase a special exhibition featuring 100 of his incomparable drawings.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah--$8,000 for the 2014 Symposium on the American Indian, a symposium bringing together a diverse audience to examine the history, education, human experiences, the arts, social issues, and politics of tribal peoples. The theme, Thriving Nations - Resilient Peoples, will stimulate renewed perspectives on the self-determination of tribal peoples and inspire innovative ways to secure and sustain well-being.

Chautauqua Council of Enid, Inc., Enid--$4,000 and Friends of the Lawton Public Library, Lawton--$4,000 for the 2014 Oklahoma Chautauqua. The 2014 program, World War I, will feature workshops and evening performances with characters from history relating to the global impact of the First World War, its devastation of the countries involved, and the challenges of resolution and restoration.

Pioneer Library System Foundation, Norman--$10,000 for The 2014 PLS Big Read. The novel selected for this event is the Charles Portis novel, True Grit. Local events will include book discussions, a scholar-led panel discussion, film screenings and discussions, and a finale event.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah--$4,000 for Diligwa: 300 Years in the Making, an exhibition exploring the history, architecture, archaeology, and culture of an early 1700's Eastern Woodlands Cherokee village. The exhibit will highlight how trade with Europeans changed Cherokee life and culture and how such a village has been reconstructed into a living history exhibit housed at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City--$2,500 for Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, an exhibition co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The exhibit will provide a rich overview of masterpieces from the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe's most renowned artists since the 17th century - including 142 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City--$5,000 for Ralph Ellison at 100: A Centennial Symposium, a series of roundtables with nationally recognized humanities scholars exploring Ellison's legacy in the 21st century. A native of Oklahoma City and author of the Invisible Man, Ellison was an internationally renowned award-winning writer, jazz critic, and charter member of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

John Hope Franklin Center, Tulsa--$5,000 for Reconciliation in America Symposium: Education for Reconciliation. In its fifth year, the John Hope Franklin Center will host this symposium featuring scholars and community leaders coming together to share scholarship and best practices focused on the intersection of race relations, reconciliation, and education.

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