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Humanities Nebraska awards 12 grants totaling $16,223

Recently, the board of directors of Humanities Nebraska awarded twelve mini-grants ($2,000 or less) to fund public humanities programming in six Nebraska communities.

John G. Neihardt Foundation received $1,420 for the 37th Annual Neihardt Spring
Conference, scheduled for April 28 at the Neihardt State Historic Site.

Friends of the Homestead received $1,800 to help fund annual Heartland Storytelling Festival March 22-23 at the Homestead National Monument.

Central Community College received $1,626 for an event titled “Earth Week: Native Corn,” which will be offered April 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Hastings Campus.

Friends of the University of Nebraska Press in Lincoln received $1,300 to help fund
presentations by two authors during the Nebraska Book Festival on Saturday, August 25, at the downtown City Campus student union.

Lincoln City Libraries received $1,796 to print and mail posters and bookmarks to
Nebraska’s 320 libraries to promote the new website.

Nebraska State Historical Society received $1,300 for its “Looking Past Skin”
programming series related to immigration in Nebraska. Events are scheduled for February and March 2018.

Vision Maker Media received $1,000 in support of the 2018 Vision Maker Film
Festival, which will feature works by Native Americans. The festival will be held in Lincoln this April.

North Platte
North Platte Public Schools KIDS Klub Afterschool Program received $1,081 to take 125 elementary students on a day-long field trip to the Hastings Museum.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Board of Regents received $1,100 to help fund keynote speaker Adam Beach’s delivery of the annual John Trudell Lecture in Native American Studies on February 16 at 7:30 p.m., at UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center. The institution also received $800 to help bring internationally acclaimed musician Benjamin Bagby to give a free pre-performance lecture on February 26 at 6 p.m. at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center in anticipation of the following day’s event, “Beowulf: The Epic in Performance.”

College of Saint Mary received $1,800 for its Native American visiting artist program. Four monthly lectures by Kelly Church will be presented in the Lincoln and Omaha areas from February to May.

Verse, Inc. received $1,200 to present history through performance of spoken word, song and dance. “An Ode to Burlesque: A Tribute to Josephine Baker will be performed on February 17 at 8 p.m. at Love’s Jazz and Art Center. ”

Humanities Nebraska inspires and enriches personal and public life by delivering opportunities to engage thoughtfully with history and culture. These opportunities include grants for humanities-related projects accessible to the public throughout the state, Speakers Bureau programs to schools and community groups, Prime Time Family Reading Time, Chautauqua summer history festival, touring exhibits from the Smithsonian, workshops for veterans, and many others.

Humanities Nebraska is a non-profit organization supported by the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska Legislature, and private donors.

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is a 501(c)(3) corporation that was created to raise funds and invest them in response to an endowment created by the Nebraska legislature to support the work of Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Humanities Nebraska is seeking nominations for the 2017 Sower Award in the Humanities, which will recognize an individual who has made “a significant contribution to public
understanding of the humanities in Nebraska.”

This was the first in the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues 2016-17 series “Crossing Borders” in addition to being sponsored by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Initiative.

Veterans and active duty military personnel in the greater Omaha area are invited to join Nebraska Warrior Writers from February 25 through May 6 at the Willa Cather Branch Library, 1905 S. 44th Street, Omaha.

You may have seen reports in the media about possible plans to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Veterans and active duty military personnel in the tri-cities area are invited to join Nebraska Warrior Writers, going on now through March 25. This free writing workshop is offered by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Writing Project and the Grand Island Public Library.

Spotlighting one of the most remarkable periods in American history, “The Bill of Rights and You” is a national initiative celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

Humanities Nebraska (HN), a statewide non-profit organization, is seeking applicants for one part-time position in Lincoln.

Seward and Nebraska City will host “World War I: Legacies of a Forgotten War” next June. Presented by Humanities Nebraska, the free, four-day Chautauqua festival of entertainment, historic presentations, exhibits, youth camps, and more will be held in Seward June 15-18 and in Nebraska City June 21-24.

Humanities Nebraska announced that Marian Andersen of Omaha will receive the 2016 Sower Award in the Humanities.

Fifty-nine Nebraska students, showing 36 entries, competed at the National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland held June 12-16. Over 3,000 students from across the United States, territories, Korea and China presented projects based on this year’s theme “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.”

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.