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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.)

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This Year's Grant Recipients

Grant Recipient City Amount Description
Asian Community and Cultural Center Lincoln $2,000 Support of the continuation of Stories of US program for 2019-2020

and $1,000 Support of the Camp Culture project
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Omaha $7,000 Support educational series of lectures, discussions and workshops
Bethany Lutheran Elkhorn $1,250 African culture through traditional dance
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln $1,070 Teacher workshops pairing components of Yazidi culture and themes of migration

and $800 Help fund the 13th annual Poetry of Place Celebration, which encourages teachers and students throughout the state to study and write poetry about Nebraska

and $1,700 Staged reading of “Elizabeth I: To Speak or Use Silence” during Women’s Week festivities

and $1,700 2019 Great Plains Conference presentation “Wakanyéja: A Conference on American Indian Behavioral Health”
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha $3,500 Art of Samuel Bak exhibit

and $850 Latinx exhibit and workshop
Board of Regents, University of Nebraska Kearney Kearney $2,000 UNK@theWorld film series and talk-back sessions

and $7,000 Personal Achievement Workshop Summer Camp
Bright Lights, Inc. Lincoln $1,700 Help fund teacher salaries for summer humanities classes
Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company Omaha $1,700 Presentation of “Sirens’ Song: The Women of James Joyce”
Douglas County Historical Society Omaha $,1925 “Straight Out of Omaha” exhibition of acclaimed people, places, businesses and inventions
El Museo Latino Omaha $3,000 Traditional Textiles: Huipiles lecture series
Elkhorn Valley Historical Society Norfolk $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 Omaha Omaha $850 Help fund a one-day festival and conference on Conflict Mediation, Family Health and Cultural Musical Talent show competition
Faith Coalition of Lancaster County Lincoln $2,000 Forgiveness Project banners portraying stories of radical forgiveness and reconciliation
Flatwater Shakespeare Company Lincoln $5,000 Little But Fierce youth education workshops
Fort Kearny Preservation Restoration Development Board Kearney $1,245 “Are We There Yet?” featuring homesteading stories and music
Friends of the Homestead Beatrice $1,500 Annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

and $3,000 Traditionas of Homesteaders 2019
Great Plains Black History Museum Omaha $650 Sponsor the African American History Challenge with student review sessions and competition event

and $1,655 George Smith and Will Brown lynching/Hate exhibit
History Nebraska Lincoln $840 Help fund a series of programming that illustrate the history of African Americans in Nebraska for Black History Month

and $1,500 Exhibition “Crafting Culture: Women and the Business of Textiles in Nebraska”
Inclusive Communities Omaha $1,850 Help fund 7 facilitated and structured informal gatherings to engage in conversations about diversity and inclusion
Kaneko Omaha $5,000 Literary program for writers, workshop and reading sessions
Lied Center for Performing Arts Lincoln $2,000 Help 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
Lincoln Orchestra Association Lincoln $6,000 Lincoln Crossroads workshops and performances
Malaika Foundation Central City $5,000 Global education for Nebraska schools presentations
Metropolitan Community College Omaha $2,000 Lawrence Ross will present a lecture to discuss his travels using the Green Book and about this little known part of US History

and $1,850 Sponsor a play that reflects on North Omaha’s written and oral history, infused with the policies and Omaha city procedures which resulted in the displacement of families, businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods

and $8,000 Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019
National Orphan Train complex Concordia, KS $5,000 Riders on the Orphan Train presentations in O'Neill, Sioux City, Norfolk and Central City
Omaha Symphony Association Omaha $1,355 Featured 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 Theater Omaha $1,735 Help fund a series of weekly classes leading up to a youth production of a musical based on the Old Testament Book of Esther
Opera Omaha Omaha $1,282 Support the 2019 Poetry & Music Project
Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Seward $8,000 Help fund participation of children’s book authors and illustrators
Scotts Bluff County Tourism Gering $2,000 Scotts Bluff Celtic Gathering
Sheridan County Historical Society Hay Springs $2,000 “History of the Mirage Flats Irrigation District of Sheridan County” presentation
Sidney Gold Rush Days, Inc., Sidney $1,420 Annual festival emphasizing 1870s history
Strategic Air & Space Museum Ashland $2,000 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Space exhibit
Valentine Community Schools Valentine $1,300 Summer learning and extension program
Verse, Inc. Omaha $1,475 Presentation of “Why Shouldn’t I? The Story of Willie Esther Williams”
Washington County Historical Association Fort Calhoun $6,000 Media presentation of an exhibit of the pioneering history of Washington County
Willa Cather Foundation Red Cloud $6,700 Willa Cather Conference 2019

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.