Shakespeare for prisoners. The cultural prominence of millennials. Social justice in Missoula.
Last week, Humanities Montana announced it is awarding $26,583.60 to organizations and communities across the state that are bringing the humanities to citizens. Several awards go to Missoula organizations.
NCBI Missoula, the National Coalition Building Institute, is getting funds to support its Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Day. The event aims to promote acceptance and respect of others through storytelling.
"NCBI Missoula is proud to partner with Humanities Montana on events such as ... the annual MLK Community Celebration," NCBI's Mel Fisher said in a statement. "Grant support from Humanities Montana has enabled NCBI to organize, promote and host these events that bring people together, building bridges and fostering dialogue around issues such as diversity, community and justice."
The next grant deadline is Feb. 20.
Below is a list of awards with project synopses provided by Humanities Montana, the state’s independent nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
• Our Stories: Diversity Week at Hellgate High School, Flagship Program, Missoula, $500. Support for presentations and workshops that promote acceptance and respect of others through storytelling.
• Missoula's 2015 MLK Day Community Celebration, NCBI Missoula, Missoula, $500. Support for a day of events and dialogue around issues of equality, including economic, racial and social justice in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
• 2015 Winter Reading Series, Havre-Hill County Library, Havre, $483.60. Support for the Havre-Hill County Library Winter Reading Series. The topic is orphans, and the goal is to encourage critical thinking and lifelong learning.
• Shakespeare Behind Bars, Montana State University-Prison Project, Bozeman, $5,000. Support for a 10-week course on Shakespeare for incarcerated, adult men to study and compare their diverse life tragedies and experiences to those articulated in the bard's plays.
• Determining the Future of UM Native American Ethnographic and Art Collection, University of Montana Department of Anthropology, Missoula, $3,400. Support for the development of a long-term plan for UM's Native American ethnographic, art and artifact collection using input from appropriate cultural and academic authorities.
• Work Through My Lens, Missoula, $5,000. Support for an interactive, touring exhibit documenting the stories and images of food service workers in Montana that will be used to spark discussion about work, culture and identity.
• The Next America: How Millennials Are Changing Everything, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, $5,000. Support for a five-part lecture series that explores the social, political, economic and religious changes in America as the values of the under-30 crowd gain cultural prominence.
• TEDxUMontana-University of Montana, Missoula, $5,000. Support for a day of TEDx talks that focus on language and how language shapes human interactions to be held on Feb. 20, 2015, in the Dennison Theatre at UM and distributed throughout the state.
• Global Connections International Education Day featuring Academic WorldQuest, World Affairs Council of Montana, Missoula, $700. Support for a full day of international programming for Montana high school students, including a foreign film discussion, a conversation with Ambassador Mark Johnson, a foreign student roundtable and an international affairs competition.
• 47th annual Fort Belknap Mid-Winter Fair, Fort Belknap, $1,000. Support for playwright William Yellow Robe to lead playwriting workshops for students in Harlem and Hayes/Lodgepole schools.
Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, values and public issues. Its overall goal is to support top-quality, in-depth humanities programming in order to create a civil and engaged society in which Montanans think critically and converse about their roles in the contemporary world.