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OHC Grants $110,000 to Fund Local Programs

OHC Grants $110,000 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 $110,000 to 14 cultural organizations presenting humanities programs around the state.  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 OHC has a long history of support for cultural and educational events across the state.  "Communities across the state benefit from these grants," said Thompson.  "Citizens have the opportunity to gather together, gain insight into important topics, and become more active civic participants.  By learning more about our shared human experience Oklahoma becomes a more vibrant, imaginative, and thoughtful state."

As individual programs are finalized, event information will be posted on the OHC calendar.  Grant applications and guidelines are available by clicking here.

Funded projects and offers:

Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc., Tahlequah, OK -- $7,000 to fund a cross cultural educational program focused on the history and heritage of the Cherokee peoples.  The annual program averages a reach of over 150 schools and cultural institutions with a statewide audience of over 7,000 people per year.

Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association, Pawnee, OK -- $4,000 for the 2015 Pawnee Bill's Original Wild West Show.  This living history program presents the culture and history of the American western experience.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK -- $11,000 to fund the 2015 exhibit "Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World."  The exhibit will showcase and interpret major works of forgery and the masters they copied.  The public programs include a lecture and discussion with the guest curator, an operatic musical interpretation of the life of a master forger, and a Q&A with a Vermeer forgery expert.

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK -- $3,000 to support the creation of the 2015 exhibit "Contextualizing Political Cartoons."  The exhibit presents, examines, and interprets the history and cultural significance of political cartons.

Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE -- $8,500 to fund the creation of the "Native Daughters" curriculum guide for K-12 educators that explores the history and cultural influences of Native American women.

Pioneer Library System Foundation, Norman, OK -- $15,000 for the Pioneer Library System's community reading program, "The Big Read," which will focus on Ursula K. Le Guin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea.  The program will explore the science fiction genre through the humanities and arts, and activities will include reading and discussion programs, a juried art exhibit, and a scholar panel lecture and discussion.

Chautauqua Council of Enid, Inc., Enid, OK -- $8,500 to fund the Enid Chautauqua.  This living history presentation program is themed around the Dust Bowl and will run in Enid, OK, June 9 to June 13, 2015.

Friends of the Lawton Public Library, Lawton, OK -- $8,500 to fund the Lawton Chautauqua.  This living history presentation program is themed around the Dust Bowl and will run in Lawton, OK, June 16 to June 20, 2015.

Seminole Nation Historical Society, Seminole, OK -- $8,500 for humanities content research and development for the 2016 exhibit "An Everlasting Fire: The Seminoles of Oklahoma," that explores the culture and history of the Seminole tribe in Oklahoma.  The exhibit will be displayed at the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka, OK.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK -- $7,000 to fund the 43rd annual Symposium on the American Indian.  The theme of the 2015 symposium is "Children: The Seeds of Change -- The Impact of Tribal Knowledge and Sovereign Rights on the Future of Cultural Identity."  Scholars with expertise in ethno-history and linguistics will deliver the keynote addresses and engage in panel discussions and seminars focusing on the symposium theme.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK -- $6,000 to fund the 2015 exhibit "Madonnas of the Prairie."  The exhibit will present and interpret the portrayal of women in the imagery of the American west.

Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, Norman, OK -- $10,000 for the 2015 traveling exhibit "Water: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource."  The exhibit will present and interpret the processes and implications of congressional policy making on water and water rights issues at 18 locations across Oklahoma from July 2015 to January 2017.

Living Arts of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK -- $3,000 to fund the exhibit "Speaking Volumes Transforming Hate" and complementary public programming focusing on the use of the arts and humanities to explore the cultural ramifications of hate, intolerance, and prejudice.

John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, OK -- $10,000 to support the 2015 symposium on "Media and Reconciliation."  The symposium will address how the media influences the process of reconciliation, specifically regarding the Tulsa Race Riots and their aftermath.  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will be the featured speaker at the opening session on May 27, which will be free and open to the public.  Conference session topics will include the use of social media, television, and print media in the process of reconciliation.