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2017 Grant Recipients


African Culture Connection Omaha $2,000 Help fund a new program for 6th and 7th grade students to learn more about African culture.
Asian Community and Cultural Center Lincoln $3,500 “Stories of US" 2017-2018

and $2,000 Continuation of "Stories of US”
Audubon Nebraska Denton $725 Help fund the second annual “Words 4 Birds” community poetry workshop on April 23.
Auld Public Library Red Cloud $1,995 Fund “Orphan Trains to Nebraska,” multimedia presentations at the Red Cloud and Superior libraries in late August.
The Backwaters Press Omaha $1,450 Backwaters Reading Series 2017
Beatrice Public Library Beatrice $1,938 Fund “Orphan Trains to Nebraska,” multimedia presentations at the Beatrice and Crete libraries in late August.
Better Ponca Foundation Ponca $1,300 Bring a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator to the September 15-17 Expo at Ponca State Park
Boy Scouts of America, Cornhusker Council Walton $1,460 Fund components of two activity stations at their April 8 “NE 150: Diverse Origins” Nebraska History celebration at the State Capitol.
Bright Lights, Inc. Lincoln $1,890 Scholarships to enable students to attend humanities-themed summer enrichment day camps.
Brownville Village Theatre Brownville $2,600 Fund fall production and discussion of a stage play adapted from Willa Cather’s short story, “A Resurrection.
Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival McCook $2,750 Fund the June 9-10 festival, “Back in Time.”
Cathedral Arts Project Omaha $2,000 “Cathedral Flower Festival - Nebraska at 150: A Shared Story”
Cheyenne County Visitors Center Sidney $875 Help fund its 150th celebration.
Crane River Theater Company Kearney $2,000 Fund Page to Stage 2017 featuring “The Little Mermaid.” The program was held June 13-22 in ten public libraries
Doane University Crete $2,000 Collect oral histories from local community members, which were archived and used in a March 2018 event and accompanying exhibit titled “Latinos in Nebraska: Oral Histories from the Heartland.”
The Durham Museum Omaha $2,000 Help fund an Anthropocene Exhibition about the Age of Humans, which is being researched and constructed in collaboration with Creighton University. The exhibition will be on display from March 2018 until January 2019.
El Museo Latino Omaha $1,500 Lectures by visiting photographer Cristina Kahlo for the opening of “Three Generations of Women Photographers.”

and $4,300 "Traditions and Celebrations,” a series of three presentations October 7, December 13 and April 28.
Elkhorn Valley Museum Norfolk $2,000 Procure display items for a “Here’s Johnny” exhibition.
Film Streams, Inc. Omaha $5,500 Outdoor screening of the 1997 film “SELENA” in June.
Flatwater Shakespeare Company Lincoln $2,500 Fund the “Little But Fierce” summer Shakespearean sonnet workshops for youth in July.
Fly Over Media Lincoln $2,000 Three speakers at the Anvil Rural Journalism Conference on April 8.
Friends of Ash Hollow Big Springs $8,000 Fund “Convergence on Sacred Ground,” a July sesquicentennial celebration of local groups.
Friends of the Homestead Beatrice $1,620 Three presentations by astronomer Dr. Bryan Mendez titled, “Darkness Over the Prairie” in conjunction with the total solar eclipse event in August 2017.
Great Plains Black History Museum Omaha $1,152 Fund the African American History Challenge with student review sessions from November 2017 through January 2018. The competition event will be February 2018 at North Magnet School.

and $800 Three exhibits to be displayed during Native Omahans Week July 31-August 7.
Great American Comedy Festival Norfolk $3,000 Fund a June 17 panel discussion.
Hastings College Hastings $1,940 Fund two workshops focused on oral history.
Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History Hastings $1,260 Help fund their Native American Festival 2017 to be held Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Hastings Symphony Orchestra Hastings $1,947 Fund “A World of Music with Todd Green,” two lecture demonstrations of 25 string, flute, and percussion instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America, relating them geographically, historically and culturally to each other and to Western musical instruments.
Hear Nebraska Omaha $6,000 Collect and publish local music histories for its concert series.
Indian Center, Inc. Scottsbluff $2,000 Bring scholars to the Circle the Bluffs Powwow at Legacy of the Plains Museum
Joslyn Castle Omaha $1,000 A seven-day Joslyn Castle Arts and Literary Festival, featuring performances, workshops, presentations and discussions celebrating Nebraska’s sesquicentennial by focusing on literature, music, theatre, and visual art created by Nebraska women September 21-27.
KANEKO Omaha $10,000 Help fund their fourth annual “feedback” series, October 2017 – June 2018, which will combine elements of author readings, writing workshops, and literary discussion.
The Language Conservancy (Bloomington, IN) Macy $8,000 Omaha-Ponca Summer Institute at the Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy.
Lincoln Orchestra Association Lincoln $1,060 Fund “The Man with the Violin,” storytime at public libraries in September to introduce orchestra events.

and $2,250 Help fund pre-concert chats held prior to upcoming Lincoln Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Loren Eiseley Society Omaha $1,500 Help fund “Loren Eiseley’s Nebraska,” a mobile-friendly interactive digital map of sites throughout Lincoln and western Nebraska that are significant to Eiseley and his writing.
Lux Center for the Arts Lincoln $865 Help fund the Day of the Dead Celebration to be held at the Nebraska History Museum on Saturday, November 5, 2017, from 1-4:30 pm.
Metropolitan Community College Foundation Omaha $9,000 Bring renowned playwrights and directors to lead the 2017 Great Plains Theatre Conference.

and $2,492 Help fund a keynote speaker and seven breakout session leaders for the second annual MCC Creative Writing Forum, October 27-28, at the Fort Omaha campus.
Midland University Fremont $1,636 “Exploring Interfaith: Global Religion in Our Community” lecture series February-April 2017.
Montana History Foundation on behalf of the American Doorstop Project Statewide $4,500 Upgrade their existing website for more multimedia content related to Nebraska agricultural oral histories.
Nebraska Association of Professional Archaeologists Lincoln $500 Fund a speaker and publicity for the Nebraska Artifact Show.
Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce Nebraska City $700 Fund a dinner talk at the first “Central Avenue Farm to Fork” event, which is about the slow food movement.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Lincoln $2,000 Bring a nationally renowned Teddy Roosevelt scholar to the annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo, May 11-13.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Omaha $6,500 Fund pre-show scholar forums for the 31st annual Shakespeare on the Green and their 12th annual tour of middle and high schools.
Nebraska State Historical Society Lincoln $900 Bring Pat Leading Fox to the Nebraska History Museum for an August 20 talk about Pawnee cosmology.
Nebraska StoryArts Omaha $1,700 Fund the participation of two professional storytellers in the 16th annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival September 9
Nebraska Writers Collective Omaha $8,660 Visiting Artists Series featuring six nationally acclaimed performance poets to teach students who are participating in the 7th annual Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival during the 2017-2018 school year.
Nebraska Writers Guild North Platte $1,850 “Six Corners of Nebraska, presentations about the history and literature of Nebraska, which were designated as a Nebraska 150 Signature Event and presented April 2-August 6.
NET Foundation for Television Lincoln $4,500 Screenings and discussions of Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary in six communities

and $9,000 Film a Vietnam War episode of “Nebraska Stories.”
Norfolk Arts Center Norfolk $1,947 “A World of Music with Todd Green,” two lecture demonstrations of 25 string, flute, and percussion instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America, relating them geographically, historically and culturally to each other and to Western musical instruments.
The Norris Institute McCook $1,946 “McCook's Political Tradition - Telling the Story”
Omaha Corral – Westerners International Omaha $900 Fund Joe Jackson’s appearance at their September 7 event.
Omaha Creative Institute Omaha $1,922 Traveling photo exhibition and community dialogues related to “A Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations.
Omaha Equestrian Foundation Omaha $4,000 Help fund the exhibit, “History of Horses in Nebraska: From the Farm to the Military to Mounted Patrol,” for the Spring 2018 International Expo in Omaha.
Omaha Jitterbugs Omaha $1,338 Fund a luncheon panel discussion of swing dance history as part of its annual Jazz and Swing Dance Festival.
Omaha Theater Company Omaha $2,000 Audience engagement for Rose Theater Production of "Huck Finn"
Opera Omaha Omaha $1,850 Fund the William Blake Residency programming presented by scholar Michael Phillips April 24-28.
Peru State College Peru $2,750 Oral history documentary about the college for its sesquicentennial in 2017-18.
Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival Seward $8,000 Fund participation by 19 children’s book authors, illustrators, and literacy experts at the festival.
Ponca Carnegie Library Ponca $800 Bring four Nebraska writers to speak at a storytelling conference.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Niobrara $250 Fund scholars at the 2017 Annual Powwow.
Scotts Bluff County Tourism Gering $1,000 Fund the Scotts Bluff Celtic Gathering in mid-May
Sheldon Art Association Lincoln $1,750 Fund an April 13 public talk by Kirsten Pai Buick, PhD., titled “Slavery Makes the Woman.”
Steinauer Community Heritage House Steinauer $1,655 Create a Wall of Honor recognizing area veterans.
Strategic Air and Space Museum Ashland $5,500 Exhibit case and signs for the suit worn by Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson on his mission to the International Space Station.
Unitarian Church Lincoln $1,775 “Inequality of Income and Wealth: Causes, Consequences, & Resolutions”

and $2,832 Annual 6-part winter lecture series, “Imagining a Just World Order,” February and March 2018.
University of Nebraska at Kearney English Department Kearney $667 Two lectures on Queen Elizabeth I and the Reformation on November 2, 2017 at the Kearney Public Library and UNK.
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha $10,000 Help fund the digitization and creation of a website to share oral histories about the history and people of Omaha.

and $2,350 “Encountering the Other: Journeys and Pilgrimages” Medieval/Renaissance Studies lecture series at the Community Engagement Center October 5, November TBD, January 25, and April 5.
University of Nebraska at Omaha Board of Regents Omaha $2,000 “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery”

and $1,055 Dr. Amy Lonetree’s delivery of the annual John Trudell Lecture in Native American History on February 9, 2017.

and $1,055 “LGBTQ+ Voices: The Queer Omaha Archives Oral History Project"

and $4,000 “Gender Revolt!,” a three-film series at Film Streams in September 2017.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Board of Regents Lincoln $1,178 The 11th annual Poetry of Place Celebration 2017

and $1,999 Outreach phase of a multi-year project titled, “Family Letters: Digitization & Analysis of the Personal Correspondence of a Mexican American Family.”

and $460 “Some ‘Points’ on Embroidery and Womanhood in 19th and 20th Century Morocco” Lecture”

and $6,500 “Looking Past Skin: Nebraska Immigration - Today and Yesterday” exhibit

and $978 Film, lecture and discussion focused on gender, clothing, and the media.

and $2,000 Help fund data collection and then construction of a curriculum plan to advise Lincoln Public School teachers of promising practices to help bring awareness to human trafficking.
University of Nebraska History Graduate Students’ Association, Lincoln $806 Keynote speaker Dr. Nathan Probasco's appearance at the Twelfth Annual James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities on March 31, 2017
University of Nebraska Lincoln Department of Classics Lincoln $2,000 Help fund public outreach for “Homerathon,” a 20-hour festival and marathon reading of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, on April 19-20, 2018.
Wessel Living History Farm York $3,500 Summer history events scheduled May-September.
The Willa Cather Foundation Red Cloud $6,500 The 62nd annual Willa Cather Spring Conference focusing on “The Railroad and Popular Imagination.”

and $6,930 “My Ántonia at 100: The Ongoing Story,” five events across Nebraska, February through September in 2018, to celebrate the centennial of My Ántonia’s publication

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.