Recent Grant Awards

Humanities Nebraska offers grants to nonprofit organizations in support of projects related to the humanities including history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, theory and criticism of the arts. Applicants must have non-profit status according to the State of Nebraska and the IRS, and must provide proof of 501(c)(3) or other 501(c) status. (State, county, or local government entities, including schools, are exempt from this requirement.

Grant RecipientCityAmountDescription
AbendmusikLincoln281Malone Community Center and the American Spiritual Ensemble
Albion Area Arts CouncilAlbion$1,999to help fund two lecture demonstrations by global multi-instrumentalist Todd Green. On May, 5, he will present at Boone Central High School and Elementary School. His programs focus on 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.
Asian Community and Cultural CenterLincoln$2,500Support of the continuation of Stories of US program for 2019-2020
 and$1,200Support of the Camp Culture project
 and$10,000Help provide support for the “Untold Migrant Stories” digital
storytelling program involving immigrant and refugee students from
Lincoln High School
Bemis Center for Contemporary ArtOmaha$1,000Refocusing History: A Lecture Series
Bluebirds Across NebraskaLincoln$9182020 North American Bluebird Society Conference
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska at KearneyKearney$9,200PAWS University at UNK
 and$2,000Coming to the Plains: Latinx Experience in Central Nebraska – A traveling exhibit
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln$800Poetry of Place Celebration 2020, which encourages teachers and students throughout the state to study and write poetry about Nebraska
 and$2,000“Outreach Programming for Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibition at Nebraska”
 and$4,5002020 OLLI/WLS Symposium – “Global Displacement: Political Conflict and Climate Change”
Bright Lights, Inc.Lincoln$4,9022020 Teacher Salaries for Humanities Camps
Buffalo Commons Storytelling FestivalMcCook$500Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival
Completely KIDSOmaha$4,000Spoken Word Exploration and Inspiration
Crane River Theater CompanyKearney$2,900Page to Stage Library Outreach Program 2020
 and$3,450Letters from Home Student Matinee Series
Douglas County Historical SocietyOmaha$1,925“Straight Out of Omaha” exhibition of acclaimed people, places,
businesses and inventions
Douglas County Historical SocietyOmaha$1,925“Straight Out of Omaha” exhibition of acclaimed people, places,
businesses and inventions
Douglas County Historical SocietyOmaha$1,925“Straight Out of Omaha” exhibition of acclaimed people, places,
businesses and inventions
El Museo LatinoOmaha$3,000Traditional Textiles: Huipiles lecture series
 and$6,675Educational series of lectures, discussions, and workshops
Elkhorn Valley Historical SocietyNorfolk$2,000“Young at Art” traveling national exhibit
 and$1,437“Dakota Daughters,” a living history performance about three cultures
followed by open discussion
Ethiopian Community Association in OmahaOmaha$850Help fund a one-day festival and conference on Conflict Mediation,
Family Health and Cultural Musical Talent show competition
Faith Coalition of Lancaster CountyLincoln$2,000Forgiveness Project banners portraying stories of radical forgiveness
and reconciliation
Flatwater Shakespeare CompanyLincoln$5,000Little But Fierce youth education workshops
Fort Atkinson FoundationFt Calhoun$1,400Help support two bicentennial events at Fort Atkinson State Historical
Fort Kearny Preservation Restoration Development BoardKearney$1,245“Are We There Yet?” featuring homesteading stories and music
Friends of the HomesteadBeatrice$1,500Annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival
 and$3,000Traditionas of Homesteaders 2019
 and$1,700Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival
Great Plains Black History MuseumOmaha$650Sponsor the African American History Challenge with student review
sessions and competition event
 and$1,655George Smith and Will Brown lynching/Hate exhibit
History NebraskaLincoln$840Help fund a series of programming that illustrate the history of African
Americans in Nebraska for Black History Month
 and$1,500Exhibition “Crafting Culture: Women and the Business of Textiles in
 and$2,800Support screening and discussion of short films from the “Unladylike”
film series
Inclusive CommunitiesOmaha$1,850Help fund 7 facilitated and structured informal gatherings to engage in
conversations about diversity and inclusion
International Quilt Study Center and MuseumLincoln$1,847to help support lectures by Annalee Levin on the history of embroidery
in Lincoln.
John G. NeihardtBancroft$2,40539th Annual Spring Conference
KanekoOmaha$5,000Literary program for writers, workshop and reading sessions
Kearney Area Community FoundationKearney$7,515Kearney Area Storytelling Festival
Lied Center for Performing ArtsLincoln$2,000Help sponsor a conversation that will illuminate the origins of hip hop,
its revolutionary character, its growth in popularity, and how it became
a global phenomenon
 and$1,500to help support The Future We See: Town Hall which is scheduled for
February 26th, 2020 at the Lied Center in Lincoln.
Lincoln Orchestra AssociationLincoln$6,000Lincoln Crossroads workshops and performances
 and$1,750Pre-concert chats
Lux Center for the ArtsLincoln$1,800Day of the Dead Celebration
Lydia Foundation for Social EngagementSprague$2,000Marijuana Legalization Conversation
Malaika FoundationCentral City$5,000Global education for Nebraska schools presentations
Metropolitan Community CollegeOmaha$2,000Lawrence Ross will present a lecture to discuss his travels using the
Green Book and about this little known part of US History
 and$1,850Sponsor a play that reflects on North Omaha’s history, infused with the
policies and Omaha city procedures which resulted in the displacement of
families, businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods
 and$8,000Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019
 and$2,000for a February 12 program for Black History Month to be held at MCC’s
South Omaha Campus ITC Building.
National Orphan Train complexConcordia, KS$5,000Riders on the Orphan Train presentations in O’Neill, Sioux City, Norfolk
and Central City
Nebraska Folklife Network, Inc.Lincoln$7,000Help fund 40 oral history/folklife interviews with Nebraska culture
bearers in Southeastern Nebraska
Nebraska Game and Parks CommissionKearney$1,500Help fund the Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo-Heritage Encampment
Nebraska National Guard MuseumSeward$1,800Support funding to bring Chautauqua-style speakers Franklin Delano
Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to commemoration activities
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Inc.Omaha$8,000Help fund the 14th annual Shakespeare On Tour for middle and high school
students throughout Nebraska
 and$1,250Help fund the 2019 pre-show Scholars Forums and Post-Show Discussions
for the 33rd annual Shakespeare on the Green
Nebraska StoryArtsAshland$1,700Help fund participation of four professional storytellers at the 18th
annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival
Nebraska Writers CollectiveOmaha$1,250Help fund “A Day in the Life,” play that shares stories of homelessness
 and$8,960Great Plains Touring Artist Series
NET FoundationLincoln$10,000Fund a series of civics interstitials
Omaha Area Youth OrchestraOmaha$1,998Help host a conference on women in classical music and a panel
discussion on gender equality in music
Omaha Public Library FoundationOmaha$2,000Help fund participation of eight authors as part of the new Omaha Lit
Omaha Symphony AssociationOmaha$1,355Featured talk by Ann Hobson Pilot sharing her story as an
African-American woman and her career as a professional musician for
more than 50 years
One For All Musical TheaterOmaha$1,735Help fund a series of weekly classes leading up to a youth production of
a musical based on the Old Testament Book of Esther
Opera OmahaOmaha$1,282Support the 2019 Poetry & Music Project
 and$1,750to help fund an exhibit and opera concert highlighting poems written and
submitted by Nebraska students, grades 4-12.
Plainsman MuseumAurora$10,000Smithsonian Starter Skit Pilot Program
Platte Valley Literacy AssociationColumbus$2,000Help support materials for citizenship classes
Plum Creek Children’s Literacy FestivalSeward$8,000Help fund participation of children’s book authors and illustrators
Rabble MillLincoln$1,700Between Coasts Forum
Scotts Bluff County TourismGering$2,000Scotts Bluff Celtic Gathering
Sheridan County Historical SocietyHay Springs$2,000“History of the Mirage Flats Irrigation District of Sheridan County”
Sidney Gold Rush Days, Inc.,Sidney$1,420Annual festival emphasizing 1870s history
Social Action Committee of Unitarian ChurchLincoln$2,857Winter Lecture Series
Strategic Air & Space MuseumAshland$2,000Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Space exhibit
Valentine Community SchoolsValentine$1,300Summer learning and extension program
Verse, Inc.Omaha$1,475Presentation of “Why Shouldn’t I? The Story of Willie Esther Williams”
Vesper Concert SeriesOmaha$1,436for school visits by composer and social advocate Joel Thompson on March
10 in anticipation of a March 11 performance at UNO’s Community
Engagement Center.
Vision Maker MediaLincoln$2,000Vision Maker Film Festival
Washington County Historical AssociationFort Calhoun$6,000Media presentation of an exhibit of the pioneering history of Washington
Willa Cather FoundationRed Cloud$6,700Willa Cather Conference 2019