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OHC Grants More Than $41,000 to Fund Local Programs

OHC Grants More Than $41,000 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 $41,000 to six 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. "Oklahomans benefit from these grants because the resulting activities reflect the unique needs and resources of each community," said Thompson. "By learning more about our shared human experience we all gain new perspectives and lead richer, more informed lives."

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

Funded Projects and Offers:

National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center, Concordia, KS--$5,000
to support Riders on the Orphan Train, the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center, as it makes its way once again to Oklahoma communities. This program combines live music, video montage with interviews, storytelling, and audience discussion.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah--$9,900 for the 1710 Cherokee Hands-On Exhibit, an exhibit based on extensive research conducted by humanities scholars in the construction and rendering of Diligwa, the newly constructed ancient Cherokee village living history exhibit. History, culture, and art will be displayed throughout the various stations.

Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno--$8,500 for Struggle and Hope: Oklahoma’s All-Black Towns, An Interactive People’s History, an interactive web project that will document the stories of historically all-black towns in Oklahoma through oral histories and scholar-led interviews.

Greatest Stories Never Told, Broken Arrow--$8,500 for development of a traveling exhibit, On Freedom’s Wings. The exhibit will portray the life story of James Herman Banning, Oklahoma African American aviation hero, and will include living history performances.

Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City--$4,500 for an Author Reading & Lecture by author Tim O’Brien, author of The Things We Carried. Themes of gender roles in war, hope, personal moral code, relationships, social pressure, symbolism, and war will be presented and discussed.

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City--$5,000 for History Alive: Museum Outreach 2014. Designed to provide K-12 educators with engaging, thought provoking, and entertaining programs to supplement their classroom curriculum, History Alive will focus on Oklahoma’s C3 Social Studies Standards and will include narrative-based presentation as well as participatory activities and opportunities for Q & A.