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Precautions in this time of COVID-19

Like you, the staff at Humanities Nebraska has been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 across the state. We are taking recommended precautions, doing our part to help slow the spread of this virus. This includes the majority of our staff working from remote locations. If you need to reach a staff member, please send email

As of this writing, some humanities programming has been postponed or cancelled, and some locations have changed. Other events will continue as planned in communities that have not yet been affected by the virus. A list of our core programs with updates can be found below.

For programming involving our Speakers Bureau or grant funding, please contact the site hosting the event(s) you are interested in before traveling to the venue(s). Contact information is available on the Upcoming Events page, which we will keep updated as information comes to us. 

We encourage all humanities lovers out there to follow the suggestions and directions from your local county health department and the CDC, Let's all work together to protect each other's health.

HN Programming Updates

Capitol Forum on America's Future
Capitol Forum Day in Lincoln (March 30) has been cancelled. Lead teachers are working to devise a plan for student ballots, etc.

Chautauqua: The Fifties in Focus
"The Fifties in Focus is scheduled for July 31 & August 1 in Ashland, Nebraska. No changes, delays or cancellations are predicted at this time. 

Governor's Lecture in the Humanities
The 25th annual lecture is scheduled for September 22 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. No changes, delays or cancellations are predicted at this time. 

Grants
At this time, we ask grantees who host events in their venues to:

For the most current information about grantee events that have already been scheduled, please see our Upcoming Events page. Grantees who are concerned about HN funding for an event that has been or will be cancelled should consult with their HN grant officer or associate director Mary Yager by email. Organizations wishing to apply for future grants are welcome to do so. The deadlines have not changed. 

Museum on Main Street
This program is currently on hiatus until the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" debuts in Nebraska in 2021. No changes, delays or cancellations are predicted at this time. 

Prime Time Family and Prime Time Preschool
Humanities Nebraska does not want the rescheduling of Prime Time to contribute to the uncertainty and stress of the current situation, so we have made the difficult and sad decision to end our spring season of Prime Time and to look forward to summer and fall.  Please read the following procedures for closing or rescheduling your Prime Time:

  • Programs that have completed 3 or more weeks: These programs will be considered complete.  Please follow all end-of-program and final report procedures.  Entry surveys can be sent to Humanities Nebraska.  For completion surveys, an online survey will be made available for families to access and submit. Gift books to school-age families as soon as possible
  • Programs that have completed 1 or 2 weeks: These programs will be considered indefinitely postponed, but still registered.  No final reports or completion surveys are required, but all team members must submit an invoice to Erika Hamilton for payment of stipends and reimbursements.  Entry surveys can be sent via USPS to Humanities Nebraska.  Important:  Program Coordinators should send Erika their priorities for scheduling a six-week program for the summer (starts May 1), the fall (starts September 1), or next spring (starts February 1).
  • Programs that have not started: These programs will be considered indefinitely postponed, but still registered.  Program Coordinators should send Erika their priorities for scheduling a six-week program for the summer (starts May 1), the fall (starts September 1), or next spring (starts February 1).

For further assistance, please contact the program director, Erika Hamilton, via email

Speakers Bureau & Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason
We ask our partners who host speaker events in their venues to:

For the most current information about events that have been scheduled, please see our Upcoming Events page. New programs can be scheduled at the discretion of program directors/site hosts and speakers.

Nebraska Warrior Writers
Nebraska Warrior Writers is now meeting online every Saturday at 9 a.m. via Zoom so that each participant can remain in their own space. Sessions will alternate between guest presenters and sharing works in progress. An in-person writing marathon is tentatively planned for sometime in June. Please contact workshop facilitators by email for an invitation to the Zoom meetings. 

 

A message to our donors

More than ever, we are grateful for your continued support of Humanities Nebraska and of each other.

These are extraordinary times, and the strength and devotion of Nebraskans gives us confidence that our mission will remain strong now and for the future. We anticipate a delay in acknowledging donations but please know, every effort will be made to acknowledge your donation in a timely fashion.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Thomas, Director of Development.  Thank you.

Federal CARES Act Grants to Support Operational Expenses

The National Endowment for the Humanities received $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions and humanists affected by COVID-19 as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by Congress and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.

Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, will go directly to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, based on the standard population formula used for their annual appropriation. Humanities Nebraska will receive a portion of this funding, which we will grant to Nebraska cultural organizations to aid with operational needs, such as payroll and rent.

There are many questions and details to finalize for this process, but our intention is to provide funds as quickly as possible, within the timetable and guidelines provided us by the NEH. To ensure that you get this information in a timely fashion, please verify your email address so we can update our database. 
 

Application for Humanities Nebraska CARES grants will require entry of an organization's Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. This DUNS refers to the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) which uniquely identifies business entities. If your organization does not already have a DUNS number, one may be obtained from D&B by telephone at 866.705.5711 or click here to register online

Learn how to apply here.

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.