This Year’s Grant Recipients

Presented to:

The Nebraska Archeology Society

  • To help fund a speaker and publicity costs for the Nebraska Artifact Show planned in Seward for August 2017.

Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce

  • To fund an inaugural event designed to raise awareness and education about the local, slow food movement in southeast Nebraska.
  • The Aug. 20th event will feature a dinner talk on “The History of Local Food in Nebraska.”

The Indian Center

  • For a master of ceremonies and drum group for the Circle the Bluffs Powwow at Legacy of the Plains Museum June 17-18, beginning at 10 am each day.

Crane River Theater Company

  • To help fund library programs in Arnold, Broken Bow, Cozad, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, and Minden, June 13-22.
  • The Page to Stage program will guide children, ages 4 to 12, through the reading, discussion, and portrayal of characters from “The Little Mermaid.”

Hastings College

  • To fund two Hastings Oral History Initiative community workshops in Hastings. These workshops will provide community members with a forum for engaging in oral history and will promote interest and appreciation in preserving local history.

Elkhorn Valley Museum

  • For cases and mannequins necessary to display Johnny Carson memorabilia coming to the museum for a special summer exhibition in conjunction with the Great American Comedy Festival.

The Cheyenne County Visitors Center

  • For the Colorado Friends of Old Time Music & Dance to lead an August 20 “barn dance” at 1:30 pm as part of a weekend of activities.

Omaha Creative Institute

  • To help fund a photo exhibit and community  dialogue at the Nebraska City, North Platte, Valentine, Chadron, and Red Cloud libraries.
  • Stuart Chittenden traveled around Nebraska and explored the connectedness and disconnectedness of Nebraska communities and perspectives on the rural/urban divide. The exhibit was created to show how the people Chittenden interviewed regard their communities and their sense of identity.

Bright Lights, Inc. of Lincoln

  • To support students attending one of these humanities classes: It’s All Greek to Me: Olympus Adventures; Tales From the Dead: Egyptian Style; and Pioneering with Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Bright Lights classes provide opportunities for students to practice the skills learned during the typical school year while expanding their learning through in-depth study of creative and high-interest topics.
  • Learn more about Bright Lights here.

Friends of the Homestead of Beatrice

  • To help bring Dr. Bryan Mendez, an astronomer and public education specialist at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, to Homestead National Monument to give three one-hour presentations over three days during the total solar eclipse occurring in August of 2017.
  • The Homestead National Monument is taking advantage being in the direct path of a major astronomical event—a total solar eclipse—to provide interpretive opportunities to teach, inspire, and engage visitors.
  • Learn more about the Friends of the Homestead National Monument here.

Midland University in Fremont

  • To fund a series of five lectures during February, March and April, each discussing a religious tradition – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • In cooperation with Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative, Midland University will bring speakers to campus to discuss their own religious traditions and lead the audience of students and community members in discovering the diversity and commonalities of the traditions.

UNO Board of Regents

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln

  • To bring a nationally recognized Teddy Roosevelt impersonator to teach students and families at the May 11-13 Fort Kearney Outdoor Expo at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area near Kearney.
  • Nebraska Game & Parks wishes to enhance the historical element of its annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo with a series of presentations by nationally recognized Teddy Roosevelt impersonator Adam Lindquist.

The Nebraska Writing Project at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • To help fund the 11th annual Poetry of Place Celebration, which encourages teachers and students throughout the state to study and write poetry.  The project culminates with a public reading and discussion of poetry about place on May 5 in the Warner Chamber of the State Capitol in Lincoln.
  • Learn more about the Nebraska Writing Project here.

Nebraska Writers Guild of Omaha

  • To help fund three speakers as part of their six-town speaker series, March 5 – August 6, celebrating the history and literature of Nebraska.
  • Their goal is to expand knowledge of Nebraska’s history and literature while encouraging current and future Nebraska writers.

Opera Omaha

  • To help fund their upcoming William Blake Residency programs by scholar Michael Phillips, a scholar of the life and work of 18th Century artist and printer William Blake, to present a series of lecture/demonstrations on Blake’s printmaking techniques.  These programs are scheduled for April 24-28, 2017.