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2016 Grant Recipients


African Culture Connection Omaha $6,500 School residencies program (2016-17)
Alliance Public Library Alliance $1,987 Stage the multi-media presentation, “Orphan Trains to Nebraska,” at the Alliance and Chadron Libraries
Asian Community and Cultural Center Lincoln $1,600 Partially fund English language learning, literacy and citizenship classes.
Bright Lights, Inc. Lincoln $1,600 Sixteen scholarships for low-income students to attend week-long, humanities-based summer enrichment classes.
Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival McCook $3,500 Annual festival held June 9-11,2016: “20 Years and Still Telling Stories”
Center for Rural Affairs Lyons $2,000 Annual festival held June 9-11,2016: “20 Years and Still Telling Stories”
Chadron Public Library Foundation, Inc. Chadron $1,895 Bring producer Christine Lesiak and Dr. Lucy Reifel to preview and discuss “Medicine Woman” at the Trading Stories Native American Film Festival.
Concordia University Seward $10,000 Funding talks by 12 children’s book authors and illustrators at Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival September 22-24, 2016
Crane River Theater Company Kearney $1,725 “Crane River Theater Page to Stage” at libraries in Arnold, Broken Bow, Cozad, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington, Minden and Ravenna June 14-23, 2016.
Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics Omaha $4,000 Geraldine Brooks’ keynote address at the 26th Annual Women and HealthLecture, September 14, 2016, at the Joslyn Art Museum.
Custer County Historical Society Museum Broken Bow $375 Update an exhibition of 40-50 Solomon Butcher pioneer photographs for an opening on May 1, 2016
Darger HQ Omaha $2,000 Fund talks by ten pairs of collaborating artists in Omaha
Douglas County Historical Society Omaha $1,325 Fund a presentation by Gerald Charles Dickens as part of the “A Tale of Two Dickens” festival in Omaha

and $1,016 May 12, 2016 portrayal of the 1879 trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and the Indian Congress
The Durham Museum Omaha $4,000 “Home Brew: A Spirited History of Omaha Before and After Prohibition” exhibit, October 8, 2016 6o January 29, 2017
El Museo Latino Omaha $1,700 Day of the Dead “Ofrenda de Carapan” celebration

and $4,425 “Nebraska, A Land of Immigrants— A Lecture Series

and $4,500 Develop and present 10 weeks of art and art history programs at St. Peter and Paul Elementary and South High School.
Elkhorn Valley Museum Norfolk $675 "Tales from the Park,” a temporary exhibit showcasing the history of Verges Park

and $4,000 "Celebrating Our Past” exhibit about the history of Norfolk for its 150th Anniversary opening July 1, 2016
Flatwater Shakespeare Company Lincoln $1,500 Help fund summer classes for youth productions of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” July 15-16, 2016.
Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries on behalf of Nebraska Literary Heritage Association Lincoln $1,957 Print and mail posters and bookmarks to promote 150 notable Nebraska books during the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

and $3,880 Fund a website to promote 150 notable Nebraska books during the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.
Friends of Ash Hollow Big Springs $275 Dr. Jim Hansen’s lecture, “American Indian Culture of Ash Hollow” on August 6, 2016
Friends of the Homestead Beatrice $3,000 Bilingual storytelling event and a fiddling competition
Friends of the Midwest Theater Scottsbluff $1,800 IndieLens Pop Up 2016-2017 season of film screenings and discussion

and $5,430 “Ranky Tanky” educational workshops and student matinee
Friends of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Lincoln $4,500 Artist talks about “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska,” a component of the sesquicentennial celebration featuring paintings inspired from all 93 counties in Nebrasks
Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs, IA $2,000 Help fund an exhibit for the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary and an April 23, 2016, lecture.
Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation Genoa $2,000 Annual reunion celebration held August 13, 2016
Great American Comedy Festival Norfolk $2,000 Panel discussion on the societal impact of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” through the eras of different hosts.
Great Plains Art Museum Lincoln $2,000 “Contemporary Indigeneity 2016: Spiritual Borderlands” exhibit
Great Plains Welsh Heritage Center Wymore $3,500 Video and exhibit project highlighting the history and culture of Welsh settlers in Nebraska and the Great Plains.
Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History Hastings $2,000 Red Road photography project during the November 2016 Native American Festival.
Hear Nebraska Omaha $7,500 Collect and publish local music histories from 12 communities in conjunction with its Good Living Tour concert series.

and $1,905 Fund collection events for the Nebraska Vinyl Archive project.
Hildegard Center for the Arts Lincoln $2,000 Create a sesquicentennial traveling exhibit of photographs and text from each Nebraska county.
Inclusive Communities Omaha $4,500 “IncluCity,” a human relations and leadership program for a diverse group of high school students
Indian Center, Inc. Scottsbluff $1,000 Help fund the Circle the Bluffs Powwow at Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering, June 25-26, 2016.
Institute for Holocaust Education Omaha $5,000 Present a play based on a personal Holocaust survival story to 12 middle and high schools in 2016-2017.
International Quilt Study Center and Museum Lincoln $3,000 Free public talk and a website supporting the exhibition, “World Quilts: The Amish Story.”
Joslyn Art Museum Omaha $10,000 Interpretive technology for European galleries
Joslyn Castle Omaha $810 “A Joslyn Castle Festival in Celebration of Nebraska Art and Literature.”
KANEKO Omaha $7,500 feedback 2016-2017, featuring readings and writing workshops led by published authors
Kearney Public Library Foundation Kearney $2,000 feedback 2016-2017, featuring readings and writing workshops led by published authors
The Language Conservancy (Bloomington, IN) Macy $5,500 1,000 copies of the Omaha Level 1 language textbook for distribution to the Omaha Nation Public School in Macy and Walthill Public Schools
Lexington Public Library Lexington $1,991 Stage the multi-media presentation, “Orphan Trains to Nebraska,” at the Lexington and Kearney libraries.
Lincoln Orchestra Association Lincoln $2,000 January 2016 pre-concert chat with Anton Miller

and $1,750 Two pre-concert chats with composer Jake Runestad in April 2016
Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln $675 Excellence Project at Lincoln High School

and $1,000 Start and sustain a writing center at Lincoln North Star High School
Malone Community Center Lincoln $2,700 Symposium titled, “Art, Culture, and History-African American Film.”
Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Chadron $1,000 2016 Mari Sandoz annual conference, titled “Sandoz & Custer”
Meadowlark Music Festival Lincoln $1,150 “French Arts & Culture: A Lecture by Marina Pacowski”
Metropolitan Community College Foundation Omaha $1,500 Keynote speaker and five breakout session leaders for a creative writing forum.

and $10,000 Fund the participation of featured playwrights in the 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference
Mitchell Public Library Mitchell $5,000 Bringing “A World of Music with Todd Green” in seven communities across the state
Museum of Nebraska Art Kearney $855 “Mujeres at MONA,” the first exhibition in Nebraska to focus on five contemporary female Latino artists with Nebraska connections.
Nebraska Association of Professional Archaeologists Lincoln $1,845 Fund statewide events during Nebraska Archaeology Month in September 2016.
Nebraska Conservation Education Fund Lincoln $7,000 Enlist, train and support ten facilitators to host “Common Ground,” humanities-based climate change conversations held in ten communities, April-November 2017
Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering Valentine $2,000 Performances by poets and storytellers at the Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Lincoln $2,000 Nationally acclaimed Teddy Roosevelt portrayer at the May 5-7, 2017 Fort Kearney Outdoor Expo.
Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Omaha $1,610 Help fund the “El Grito de Independencia Festival” September 17-18, 2016 in South Omaha.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Omaha $1,850 Adriana Ramirez’s appearance at the July 2016 summer youth camp;

and $1,178 Poetry of Place Celebration at the State Capitol on April 29, 2016.
Nebraska StoryArts Omaha $1,700 Bring three professional storytellers to present at the 15th annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival September 10, 2016.
Nebraska Writers Collective Omaha $10,000 Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains youth poetry festival
Nebraska Writers Guild North Platte $831 2016 fall conference

and $485 Help fund Laura Madeline Wiseman’s facilitation of a three-day poetry retreat in Red Cloud June 10-12, 2016.
NET Foundation for Television Lincoln $10,000 “Nebraska 150 History Moments” to be broadcast during Nebraska’s sesquicentennial year

and $1,500 Plan for humanities educational curricula to complement the Platte Basin Timelapse project
NET Foundation for Television in partnership with Painted Rock Productions LLC Lincoln $10,000 Documentary, “Black Jack: John Pershing Revealed.”
Niagara Foundation-Nebraska Omaha $2,000 Rabbi A. Brian Stoller's appearance at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln for an April 14, 2016 Abrahamic Dinner event
Omaha Corral – Westerners International Omaha $929 Help fund a presentation by Paul Magrid about General George Crook in April 2016.

and $600 Bring speaker Paul Hutton for a September 1, 2016 event
Peru State College Peru $1,200 Fund two workshops and a performance of “Ain’t I a Woman!” in March 2016.
Sarpy County Museum Bellevue $1,700 Exhibit and brochure related to “The Way We Worked," a Museum on Main Street exhibition from the Smithsonian.
Sioux County Schools Harrison $830 “Celebrate Geography Day” at Sioux County Schools
St. David’s Welsh Society of Nebraska Omaha $1,000 Welsh Song Fest Tour (2017)
St. Gregory the Great Seminary Seward $5,300 Support a fall 2016 public lecture series on humanities topics held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Tabitha, Inc. Lincoln $1,667 Workshop and presentation by Bill Thomas on September 21, 2016.
TEDxLincoln 2016 Lincoln $1,500 Help fund the September 23, 2016 event/live stream at Kimball Recital Hall.
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney $7,500 Help fund collection of “Stories from the Nebraska Cowboy Trail,” in northern Nebraska, summer of 2016.
University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Department of Modern Languages Kearney $500 Spring screening of three international films at the World Theater
University of Nebraska at Omaha Board of Regents Omaha $5,775 “The Vietnam War: Lessons and Legacies"
University of Nebraska at Omaha Office of Latino and Latin American Studies Omaha $2,000 Bring film-maker Jayro Bustamante for several “Cinemateca 2016” appearances
University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre Omaha $1,000 Help fund community workshops leading up to the April 13-23, 2016 performances of “Kwaidan.”
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Board of Regents Lincoln $2,500 “Artists in Residence (AIR): A Celebration of Culture in Four Part Harmony”
University of Nebraska Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies Lincoln $1,500 “Mapping Nebraska” symposium
University of Nebraska History Graduate Students’ Association, Lincoln $1,625 Help fund the James A. Rawley 2016 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Marla Miller, in April 2016.
Urban League of Nebraska Omaha $1,160 Fund a screening and discussion of “Herman’s House.”
Western Nebraska Community College Foundation Scottsbluff $2,000 90th Anniversary Exhibit for display at Legacy of The Plains in Gering
The Willa Cather Foundation Red Cloud $8,000 Help fund the 61st annual Willa Cather Spring Conference June 2-4, 2016.

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