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OHC Grants over $90,000 to Fund Local Humanities Programs

OHC Grants over $90,000 to Fund Local Humanities Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The latest round of grant funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) will strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.

At a recent meeting of its board of trustees, OHC made awards and grant offers totaling $92,849 to 12 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 describes OHC's proud support for cultural and educational events across Oklahoma. "Our community grants program is unique among our several statewide programs because it directly responds to the diverse needs of our applicants. This grassroots approach promotes community-wide participation and engagement."

Event information is posted on the OHC calendar at okhumanities.org/calendar. Grant applications and guidelines are available online at okhumanities.org/grants.

Funded Projects and Offers:

Seminole Nation Historical Society, Wewoka, OK -- The exhibit An Everlasting Fire will be on permanent display at the Seminole Nation Museum, exploring the history and culture of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and showing how, after a century and a half of acculturation outside their homeland, the nation has retained and continues to practice strong aboriginal culture and lifeways. The exhibit opens October 1, 2016.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK -- The exhibit Matisse in His Time will present, for the first time outside Europe, highlights from one of the world's greatest collections of modern art from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In addition to over 50 works by Henri Matisse, the exhibit will also feature works by his contemporaries including Picasso, Renoir, Modigliani, and Miro. This grant from OHC will fund the exhibit and complementary programs from June 18 to September 18, 2016.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid, OK -- The 2016 Oklahoma Chautauqua in Enid is a living history program that will explore the early years of the Cold War. Living history performers will portray figures such as Winston Churchill, Nikita Khrushchev, Pete Seeger, and more, while interactive workshops and community programs will examine themes and ideas of the Cold War period. The free Chautauqua events will be held at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center's Humphrey Heritage Village from June 14 to June 18, 2016.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK -- The 45th annual Symposium on the American Indian will examine the theme "Indian Givers: Indigenous Inspirations," focusing on the many ways Native Americans have influenced and inspired the development of modern culture, including art, literature, and government. This six-day event will be held in April 2017 on the campus of Northeastern State University.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK -- The exhibit Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains will present the uses, styles, and development of feather headdresses from tribes of the American Great Plains. The exhibit will include actual headdresses, interpretive information, representations of headdresses in Native American art, and special children's programs. It will be on display from August 2016 through May 2017.

LeFlore County Historical Society, Poteau, OK -- The exhibit A Century of Medicine in LeFlore County will explore the challenges and impact of health care in a rural community, including pioneer-era medicine, homemade remedies, Native American traditions, and recent efforts to save the community's hospital. The exhibit will become part of the permanent collection at the LeFlore County Museum and will open in late 2016.

The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK -- The Society of Early Americanists 10th biennial conference will take place in Tulsa in March 2017. This grant from OHC will fund three free public events related to the conference's theme: "Early America and the Public." The events will include a panel discussion of pre-1830 American history, a talk on the significance of indigenous American earthworks, and an examination of early American novels.

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, OK -- Photographer Lewis Hine spent 30 years photographing child labor across the United States in the early 20th century, including visits to Oklahoma in 1916 and 1917 on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee. The Child Labor in Oklahoma exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center will present Hine's photographs from Oklahoma along with research about child labor, social reform, and the art of photography. The exhibit will be on display from October 2016 through April 2017 and will then tour museums statewide.

Western Trail Historical Society, Altus, OK -- An interpretive art exhibition called The Stories They Could Tell will portray the landscapes of southwest Oklahoma and the fascinating vernacular structures found there. Artworks by Altus artist Brian Nichols were specially commissioned for this exhibition to connect viewers with the past through relics of a bygone era in Oklahoma history. The Stories They Could Tell will be on display at the Museum of the Western Prairie from June 15 through August 15, 2016.

Cameron University, Lawton, OK -- The 3rd annual French Film Festival at Cameron University will feature six critically acclaimed French language films from different genres. The films will be shown with English subtitles, and university faculty members will introduce and discuss each film. The festival is free and open to the public, providing armchair travel and a unique experience of French culture, August 18 - 26, 2016.

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, OK -- Native Oklahoman Mason Williams will speak at a free event on October 25, 2016, about his experiences as a writer and performer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Williams will discuss his experiences pushing the envelope of pop culture issues during the tumultuous late 1960s, when the show's writers often clashed with censors from the CBS network. His talk will combine music, narrative, and a discussion of how the humanities can illuminate pop culture.

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK -- The exhibit The Art of Language in Asian Culture at the OSU Museum of Art will present selected artworks by Asian artists from the United States and several Asian countries. This juried exhibition will examine the diversity and creativity found in contemporary Asian art and is organized by the OSU Museum of Art in collaboration with the East Asia Library of Stanford University. The museum will also host four free public lectures during the exhibit's run from February 21 to June 6, 2017.