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 Recipient City Amount Description
African Culture Connection Omaha $5,715 Summer cultural enrichment programming for students
AND $10,000 School-year cultural enrichment programming for students
Angels Theatre Company Lincoln $1,800 2023-24 Salon Reading Series “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Asian Community and Cultural Center Lincoln $2,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration
AND $5,000 “Untold Migrant Stories” multimedia storytelling program for refugee and immigrant middle and high school students
AND $1,558 youth multicultural summer camp
AND $1,690 “Stories of Us” classes and showcase
Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement Omaha $2,000 Screenings and community discussions of a film about redlining
Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival McCook $2,000 Speakers at Buffalo Commons Music & Storytelling Festival
Buffalo County Historical Society Kearney $7,000 “Pawnee at Fort Kearny” event
Benson Theatre Omaha $700 Workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
AND $728 Panelists for workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
Center for Independent Documentary, for She Wrestles Eustis $8,700 Post-production costs for a documentary film about girls’ high school wrestling
Circle Theatre Omaha $1,000 Presentation on “The Tales of Chelm”
Crane River Theater Company Kearney $2,000 “Letters from Home” performance and talkback with veterans
AND $3,000 “Pretty Fire” performance and talkback with high school students
AND $2,000 Page to Stage library outreach
The Durham Museum Omaha $10,000 Museum Live! online educational programming
El Museo Latino Omaha $6,000 Artist lecture series
Elkhorn Valley Museum Norfolk $1,997 Programs on the history of agricultural photography and photo processes, and life lessons from 4-H
Flatwater Shakespeare Company Lincoln $1,250 “Little But Fierce” youth education program
Foundation for Montana History, with American Doorstop Project Scottsbluff $7,200 Speaker tour for 150th Anniversary of the Kentucky Derby: Nebraska’s National Legacy to Legendary Horses and Horsemen
Friends of the Homestead Beatrice $750 Educational programming at Homestead National Historical Park’s Homestead Days
Great Plains Theatre Commons Omaha $5,000 Workshop leaders at the GPTC New Play Conference
Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre Wymore $3,275 Speakers at the North American Festival of Wales in Lincoln
Hall County Historical Society Grand Island $9,000 “A Life Well Lived: David Kaufmann” documentary film
History Nebraska Lincoln $8,000 “Righting A Wrong” Smithsonian exhibit
John G. Neihardt Foundation Bancroft $2,000 Speakers at annual John G. Neihardt Spring Conference
Joslyn Castle Trust Omaha $1,633 “Architecture on Tap” presentations and discussions on historic Omaha metro neighborhoods
AND $4,000 “The Lost Generation” Art and Literary Festival
Kearney Area Community Foundation Kearney $2,000 Series of poetry readings and workshops
AND $1,600 Native American presenter at Family Fun Fest
Larksong Writers Place Lincoln $1,263 Larksong Writers Place Third Thursday: Voices at Larksong Reading Series
AND $895 Larksong Writers Place First Friday Online Reading Series
Legacy of the Plains Museum Gering $1,308 Circle the Bluffs Powwow
Lincoln Community Foundation, for Intertribal Medicine Collective Lincoln $1,994 A series of talks and workshops on Indigenous medicine traditions on the plains
Lincoln Orchestra Association Lincoln $4,550 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra 2023-2024 recorded Pre-Concert Chats
Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Lincoln $2,000 Mari Sandoz’s Homeland Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A High Plains Symposium
Malone Community Center Lincoln $1,000 Educational programming and roundtable discussions relating to Juneteenth celebration
McCook Community Kitchen McCook $1,900 Dia Des Los Muertos community celebration
Merryman Performing Arts Center Kearney $2,000 “Henrietta Solway” performance and discussion
AND $1,901 Hip-hop performance and discussion of Muslim culture
Metropolitan Community College Omaha $900 Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month speaker
AND $2,000 Hispanic Flamenco Ballet performances and discussions
Movement in Omaha for Racial Equity Omaha $9,000 Community conversations linking Omaha and southern Africa
National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center Concordia, KS $4,813 Orphan train presentations at Nebraska public libraries
Nebraska Crossroads Music Festival Lincoln $5,000 Artist conversations and “The Seat Beside You” video exhibition
Nebraska National Guard Museum Society Seward $1,800 Fort Donelson Exhibit
Nebraska Oregon California Trails Association Gering $5,000 Speakers and a film screening at the Oregon California Trails Convention
Nebraska Poetry Society Omaha $800 Spring virtual poetry education events
AND $718 Nebraska poets reading series
AND $1,400 Fall virtual poetry education events
Nebraska Public Media Lincoln $10,000 “Nebraska Icons” television segments
Nebraska Public Media Foundation, with Painted Rock Productions Lincoln $5,000 Production costs for a documentary film about war correspondents in WWII
Nebraska Storytelling Festival Lincoln $1,800 2023 Nebraska Storytelling Festival
Nebraska StoryArts Omaha $2,000 Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park
Nebraska Writers Collective Omaha $7,250 Visiting writers series of readings and workshops
Omaha Performing Arts Omaha $5,625 Discussions in the 2023/24 Voices Amplified season
Opera Omaha Omaha $1,800 Poetry & Music Project 2023-2024
Operation Christmas Card North Platte $5,000 North Platte Pow Wow
Partners for Livable Omaha Omaha $2,000 Lecture and demonstration on the genre of noise music
AND $1,000 Exhibit, public performance and discussion of products of creative retreat at Pahaku (Pawnee holy land)
Peru State College Peru $2,000 African culture discussion at dedication of Natalie Hahn African Art Collection
PFLAG Hastings Hastings $1,500 Planning Proud Voices on the Plains cultural festival
Sidney Gold Rush Days Sidney $3,150 Presenters at Gold Rush Days
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Denton $2,000 “Return of the Thunderbirds” celebration of spring, bird migration and Native American culture
Stand In For Nebraska Lincoln $6,625 Roots to Rise history and culture summer camp for BIPOC youth
TADA Productions Lincoln $1,000 Masterclass on history and cultural significance of the guitar
Together We Achieve Miracles Omaha $1,000 Community-based broadcast programming
AND $8,000 Community-based broadcast programming
Tri-Faith Initiative Omaha $5,000 Race, Religion, and Social Justice Conference
University of Nebraska-Kearney Board of Regents Kearney $5,000 Loper Launch humanities-based summer camp activities for youth
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Board of Regents Lincoln $800 Poetry of Place 2023
AND $5,000 Panel discussion at Great Plains Art Museum in conjunction with Threads & Trails: Contemplations of Our Herstories exhibition
AND $1,000 OLLI Fall Symposium-Misinformation & Conspiracy Theories
AND $7,000 “The Land Returns” documentary film
AND $2,000 Connecting teachers to the Nebraska Stories of Humanity web resource
AND $1,800 Lecture at the International Quilt Museum: “A New Deal for Quilts”
University of Nebraska at Omaha Board of Regents Omaha $2,000 ‘Making “Barlaam & Josaphat”‘ talk
AND $2,000 Student visit to “Nobody’s Listening” exhibit
AND $2,000 2023 Winchell Lecture guest speaker
AND $5,380 Author talks and workshops
AND $1,128 European Studies Conference keynote speaker
AND $1,700 Samuel Bak Museum: The Learning Center – The Stories We Share poetry and writing workshops
Village of Bushnell Bushnell $2,000 Educational speakers at Bushnell Day event
Willa Cather Foundation Red Cloud $2,000 National Willa Cather Center Author Series
AND $9,933 2023 Spring Conference programming