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Sat, July 1 2017
Idaho Humanities Council Awards $59,205 in Grants, Spring 2017

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $59,205 in grants to organizations and individuals this spring. Thirty-one awards include 25 grants for public humanities programs, and 6 Teacher Incentive Grants.  The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The following projects were funded:

Public Programs:

The Friends of the Portia Club, Inc., Payette, received $1,000 to conduct a series of oral histories to explore how Payette County has come to be shaped over time, focusing on the history of fruit orchards and the changing role of women in the community.  A public forum with a panel discussion will be presented in July at the Payette County Centennial.  The project director is Cleo Thompson

Death Rattle Writers Festival, Nampa, was awarded $1,200 to help support the fourth annual Death Rattle Writer’s Festival in Nampa October 2017.  The festival features poets, novelists, playwrights, storytellers, hip-hop artists and musicians from both emerging and professional communities.  The project director is Zachary Michael Reeder

The Department of Philosophy, Boise State University, Boise, received $1,200 for support of a public lecture by distinguished New York University Professor of Philosophy David Chalmers.  The presentation was held at the Community Library in Ketchum as part of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference and explored the ways in which virtual reality technologies challenge our understanding of the distinction between appearance and reality.  The project director was Andrew Joseph Cortens.

University of Idaho-Modern Languages and Cultures, Moscow, was awarded $1,500 to help support a presentation in November 2017 by a Spanish Theater Director exploring the refugee crisis both locally and globally.  His monologue focuses on the hardships that refugees are experiencing.  He will offer a lecture on his experiences with the refugees in the refugee camps and help moderate a discussion on the topic of the refugee crisis within a global context.  The project director is Marta Boris Tarre

Malad Valley Welsh Foundation, Malad City, received $1,500 to help support two presentations for the 13th annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival, to be held June 30-July 1, 2017, in Malad, Idaho. One presentation will examine the unique style and form of traditional Welsh poetry and the second will explore the history of music and poetry in Wales.  The project director is Gloria Jean Thomas.

The Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation, Inc., Boise, received $1,800 to help support presentations and workshops in southwestern Idaho with Juan Manuel Barco from Seattle and Bodie Dominguez from Lewiston. The goal is to create interest in the tradition of the Mexican corrido, stories about certain individuals or news of the day, and recruit new corrido-writing musicians.  A public presentation of the corridos will be presented in September 2017.  The project director is Ana Maria Schachtell

Jannus, Inc., Boise, was awarded $2,000 to help support the Neighbor Narratives project and build a refugee speakers bureau by training storytellers.  Story Story Night trainers will work with a select number of refugees to tell their stories of relocating to our state, why they fled, how they got here, and how they are settling and beginning new lives.  The project director is Jan Reeves.

Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, received $2,000 to help create a local history archive at the Caldwell Public Library. They will sort through a large collection of historical materials and make them accessible in digital and physical format to patrons. The project director is Marina Rose

The Foote Park Project, Boise, received $2,000 to support continued improvements at an Interpretive Center at the existing Foote Park Site.  The center highlights contributions of Arthur De Wint and Mary Hallock Foote, significant figures in Idaho’s history. This project will add an an interactive audio kiosk which will present selected quotations from Mary’s life and works.  The project director is Janet Worthington.

The Redside Foundation, Inc., Boise, was awarded $2,000 to document, archive, and present first-hand accounts of some of Idaho’s first outdoor guides and outfitters.  The narratives will be captured in video, audio, and print media.  It is hoped they will inform and provide inspiration and a platform for others to collect stories from their own guiding and outfitting communities.
A free public event will be held at the College of Southern Idaho's Herrett Center on November 14th, 2017.  The project director is Emerald LaFortune.

Community Library Network, Hayden, was awarded $2,000 to bring Fonda Lee, award-winning author of Zeroboxer and Exo to Rathdrum and Post Falls.  Lee presented her take on the world of sports in the distant future.  The project director is Twylla Rehder.

Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, Lewiston, was awarded $2,000 to produce and install interpretive vinyl "History Wraps" on traffic signal boxes in downtown Lewiston.  Through these interpretive content and historic images, local residents and tourists will have the opportunity to review the history and cultural resources of the Lewis Clark Valley.  The project director is Courtney Kramer

City of McCall, Idaho, McCall, received $2,000 to preserve, protect, and make publicly accessible the archive of historic documents, clippings, photos, and newspapers at the McCall Public Library.  When complete, they will host a public presentation on accessing the collection.  The project director is Carol Coyle

Boise Art Museum, Boise, was awarded $2,000 to present a panel discussion using the artwork of Native American artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) as a focal point for conversations about heritage, culture, storytelling, transformation, and identity. The program will offer connections between the work of an important American artist the audience’s personal experiences.  The project director is Melanie Fales

Confluence Press, Winchester, received $2,000 for their annual One Book program featuring Black River by S. M. Hulse.  Hulse will participate in a five-day residency to discuss her book with readers throughout the region.  The project director is Jennifer B Ashby

Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc., Hailey, received $2,000 to support a presentation by filmmaker Stanzin Dorjai at the 2017 Trailing of the Sheep Festival.  His documentary film centers on a shepherdess of sheep and endangered Pashmina goats in the Himalayas titled “Shepherdess of the Glaciers.”  His colleague Konchok Stobgais, a founder of the Cashmere Center in Pangong of India’s High Himalayas, will lead a workshop on working with cashmere.  The project director is Laura Musbach Drake

Idaho State University, Pocatello, was awarded $2,000 to help support the “Surviving Voices” event, a four-day program examining how alternative perspectives can help develop important strategies for combatting violence against women in its many forms. There will be special speakers, including  Elizabeth Smart, documentary films, and theatre performances.  The project director is Elizabeth Brunner

Foundation for Idaho History, Boise, was awarded $2,000 to help support the Idaho's Heritage Conference September 20-22, 2017 in Boise. The conference will engage statewide partners in preservation, history, museums, and archaeology in a cross-discipline conference fostering collaboration, inspiration, and networking. The project director is Dax Chizum.

University of Idaho-Department of Theatre Arts, Moscow, received $2,000 to help support a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Certain Women.”  Native American actress Lily Gladstone, a featured actor in the film, will present an introduction to the film and to women and Native women in film, and lead a post-screening discussion.  The project director is Ann Hoste.

Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, received $2,000 to support preparation of illustrated textbooks for first and second year Nez Perce to be used for classes at LCSC, University of Idaho, and Lapwai High School.  The illustrations will help enhance the textbook with drawings showing traditional Nez Perce culture. The project director is Charlette  Kremer

College of Southern Idaho/Social Science and Humanities Sympsium, Twin Falls, received $3,000 to help support a two-day symposium examining issues related to the refugee crisis in America, past and present. The conference will include legal scholars, historians, social scientists, refugees and will be designed for students, teachers, and community members.  The project director is Shilo Smith.

The Community Library, Ketchum, was awarded $3,500 to help support the annual Ernest Hemingway Festival.  The focus for this year’s festival, scheduled for September 7-9, is Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises, featuring distinguished author Paula McLain as the keynote speaker.  The project director is Bethany Hull

University of Idaho, Journalism, Moscow, was awarded $3,500 to help fund a multimedia project examining the experiences and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the state of Idaho. Through the production of a documentary film about the life of Steven Nelson and his murder on April 29, 2016 and through oral history videos collected from members of Idaho’s LGBTQ community throughout the state, this project seeks to preserve history, and examine social, cultural, political and legal issues in Idaho.  The project director is Denise Bennett

Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, Salmon, was awarded $4,000 for a multifaceted series of programs examing the River of No Return.  June programs will include an extensive exhibit of photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts, several public presentations, book readings and field trips to historic places on the along river.  The project director is Karen Gallogly.

Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc., Boise, received $4,000 to support a photographic exhibit at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center.  The exhibit will illustrate Boise's unique historical evolution and its current renown of having both the oldest geothermal system in the country, and the largest direct-use system in the United States.  The project director is Nellie Baker

Teacher Incentive Grants:

White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library, Genesee, was awarded $600 for a "Little House on the Prairie" Day.  Several stations interpreted events and explored pioneer life as depicted in the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and other children's pioneer literature.  The project director is Diane Conroy.

Maria Manning-Floch, White Pine Elementary, Boise, was awarded $650 to attend a Storyline workshop to learn how to integrate all curriculum into the Storyline method.  Students apply literary elements of plot, character, setting, and theme to write an interactive story as they learn Social Studies or Science.  The project director is Maria Manning-Floch

Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Boise, received $800 to support The Rock Party, an educational hands-on museum event for children and families.  Visitors work their way through the museum and numerous activity stations focused on Idaho’s historic mining, fossils and geology.  The project director is Shirley Ewing.

Kaidi Stroud, Sage International School, Boise, received $955 to expose students to the multi-ethnic fabric of Boise through an exploration of local, diverse cultures in Boise's new American school populations.  The project director is Kaidi Stroud.

Amy Schlatter, Syringa Mountain School, Hailey, was awarded $1,000 for a 4th grade hands-on, experiential field trip.  Students visited historical towns, buildings and mines, and participated in a day of primitive survival skills workshops.  The project director is Amy Schlatter.

Rebeca Jensen, American Heritage Charter School, Idaho Falls, was awarded $1,000 to help students begin researching their ancestral roots.  They researched their family history and shared one of the stories they learned with their class and at a public school assembly.  The project director is Rebecca Jensen

The Next Deadline for IHC Grants:

The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals, including Research Fellowships, is September 15, 2017.  IHC strongly recommends that prospective applicants contact staff to discuss their project ideas before completing proposals. Grant guidelines and application instructions are available on IHC’s website at, or by calling 208-345-5346.

contact: Cindy Wang
phone: (208) 345-5346
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