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OHC Grants More Than $66,000 to Fund Local Programs

OHC Grants More Than $66,000 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 spring grant round and made awards and grant offers totaling more than $66,000 to 10 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. "As the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are able 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.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 to Oklahoma. This program combines live music, video montage with interviews, storytelling, and audience discussion.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah--$8,500 for the Cherokee Heritage Center Cultural Outreach Program. This program is designed to serve youth through adult ages, and focuses primarily on the 14 county jurisdictional region that constitutes the Cherokee Nation. Some of the program activities include assemblies, storytelling, cultural presentations, and language.

Oklahoma City University--$4,981 for Remembering Ralph: Oral Histories Regarding Oklahoma's Literary Legend, Ralph Ellison. To preserve the legacy of Ralph Ellison and to continue his dialogues regarding American cultural identities and the arts, Oklahoma City University will be working on a preservation project consisting of oral history interviews with Oklahomans who remember Ellison and with people whose lives have been touched by his work. Recordings will be archived at the Oklahoma History Center.

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa--$9,274 for Identity and Innovation: Creativity in 20th Century Native American Art, a one-day symposium bringing together exceptional Native and non-Native scholars in the field of Native American art and art history. The exhibit, Identity and Innovation, focuses on themes of preservation, adaptation, innovation, and integration.

The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee--$8,500
for the Five Tribes Story Conference. This conference is a comprehensive study of how various disciplines rely on one another to define a culture. This two-day event includes lectures, workshops, concerts, and panel discussions. Attendees are inspired to think creatively about culture and family or community.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City--$1,800 for Allan Houser and His Students, an exhibition examining Houser's role as mentor and teacher. Activities taking place around the opening of the exhibit include a blessing of the exhibition, ceremonial dance, youth activities, and curator-led tours and discussions about the exhibit.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, --$5,000 for Across the Divide, an exhibition presenting a selected body of artworks created by a group of Chinese artists who are currently teaching studio art in universities across the United States. This exhibit will allow visitors to consider the role art has played in representing cultural identities, history, memory, trauma, and politics.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art--$15,000 for Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting, an exhibition from Glasgow Museums containing 41 paintings organized by the American Federation of the Arts. With works by some of the greatest names in European art, the exhibit will examine the evolution of thematic and stylistic trends in Italian art from religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century.

Creative Oklahoma, Oklahoma City--$3,000 for bringing two internationally recognized scholars, Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman and Ms. Justine B. Mbabazi, to present The Rwandan Experience - Using Creativity and Innovation for Social Change to Oklahoma Christian University and the State of Creativity Forum.

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City--$5,000 for History Alive - Museum Outreach, designed to provide K-12 classroom teachers an engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining program to supplement their curriculum. Programs include narrative-based presentations, as well as participatory activities.