The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $72,658 in grants to organizations and individuals at its fall board meeting in Boise. Thirty-two awards include 20 grants for public humanities programs, five Research Fellowships, six Teacher Incentive Grants, and one Planning Grant. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council Education Endowment. The following projects were funded:
Global Lounge Incorporated, Boise, was awarded $3,000 to support “The World Village Fest,” a three-day Arts and Humanities event that will host numerous multi-national performing groups representing Idaho’s variety of cultures. This dance, music, storytelling, poetry, film, and food event showcases the community’s expanding blend of multicultural arts and humanities activites. The project director is Dayo Ayodele.
Northern Pacific Depot Foundation, Wallace, was awarded $1,780 to help fund an exhibit about women who came to Wallace as political activists, fortune seekers, and entrepreneurs, who advocated for schools, churches, and parks, helping make the community a better place for families. The project director is Shauna Hillman.
Boundary County Historical Society, Bonners Ferry, received $2,000 to develop several interpretive panels for an exhibit on area agricultural history inside and outside the museum, featuring farm equipment and implements, photos, and more. The project director is Dottie D Gray.
City Club of Boise, Boise, was awarded $4,000 for its 2018 series of monthly forums on issues of public concern. City Club of Boise strives for a forum of civil discourse about wide ranging issues exploring politics, religion, refugee resettlement, urban growth, homelessness, education, public health, and more. The forums are broadcast on Boise State Public Radio. The project director is Danielle Trujillo.
Center for Civic Education, Boise, received $4,380 to help support a three-day seminar for Idaho social studies teachers on “Freedom of the Press in Practice, Law, and History.” The seminar will be held in Boise February 8-10, 2018, and will explore issues press from the Colonial Era to the present. The project director is Troy Hamilton.
Community Library Network, Hayden, received $3,075 for support of the 2018 “North Idaho Reads” program, featuring the novel The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. Author Kelli Estes will speak in several local libraries in April 2018 about the inspirations for her book and how she became a writer. The series will include a series of programs exploring the little-known history of Chinese people living in the Northwest 150 years ago. The project director is Twylla Rehder.
Mountain Home Arts Council, Mountain Home, was awarded $974 to host a Living Voices program entiled “The Right to Dream,” about the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America. Held in February 2018, the program combines a dramatic solo performance with a montage of archival film and photos, and narration. Three school programs and a community performance are planned. The project director is Chris DeVore.
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center, Salmon, received $2,000 to help support a community exhibit that interprets the Lewis and Clark Expedition in an innovative way to retell the story of the expedition. The project director is Lin Gray.
Weippe Community Club, Weippe, was awarded $1,500 to help fund the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's “On the Road” performance of "Across the Divide" at the annual Weippe Camas Festival. The theater group will perform at three area schools as well. The performance explores the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, contemporary natural history, and more. The project director is Marge A. Kuchynka.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise, was awarded $3,500 for its “Shakespearience” program, taking a condensed version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to schools throughout the state. The performances are supplemented with study guides, Q & A sessions and workshops all in an effort to introduce Shakespeare to students around the state. The project director is Christine Zimowsky.
Samaria Community Foundation, Malad City, received $2,000 to help design and develop a driving tour of historic sites of Samaria, Idaho, settled in 1868. The entire township of Samaria is on the National Register of Historic Places, but the individual historic sites currently are not marked. This project will support a brochure describing the sites, historic marker signs for 40 sites, and posts on which to install the signs. The project director is Luke D. Waldron.
The Cabin, Boise, was awarded $4,000 for the 15th season (2017-2018) of its Readings and Conversation Series. This popular series brings nationally prominent authors to Boise to read their works and respond to questions. The project director is Kurt Zwolfer.
Boise State University, Boise, received $2,000 in support of a public lecture by Haitian writer Évelyne Trouillot, speaking on women and historical memory, and how literature explores the story of women in history. The lecture will be part of the Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies and the 1st annual World Languages International Conference in Boise in March 2018. The project director is Nere Lete.
Radio Boise, Boise, received $1,500 to partner with the Foote Park Project to create eight audio interpretive pieces exploring the story of Arthur and Mary Hallock Foote’s former home site. The project director is Caroline Stivers.
GCG PRODUCTIONS, Eagle, was awarded $5,000 to help support final editing of a film directed by filmmaker Karen Day Zak about the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans at the Minidoka Relocation Center, near Twin Falls, during World War II. Day will interpret the history through the viewpoints of three generations of Japanese-American families. The project director is Karen Day Zak.
Lewis-Clark State College Native American Club, Lewiston, received $2,000 to help support the “Native American Awareness Week” Festival in March of 2018. The program promotes Native American culture, and includes lectures, demonstrations, and other cultural activities, including a pow-wow, storytelling, and a Friendship Banquet. The project director is Bob Sobotta.
University of Idaho, School of Journalism and Mass Media, Moscow, was awarded $2,000 to help fund a public lecture by Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The project director is Kenton Bird.
Magic Valley Arts Council, Twin Falls, received $2,000 to offer free screenings and discussions of a number of Independent Lens films. The films explore the life of Jazz legend John Coltrane, the work of black novelist and civil rights activist James Baldwin, the life of labor activist Dolores Huerta, the work of writer/farmer Wendell Berry, and the plight of homeless women veterans. The project director is Carolyn White.
Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint, was awarded $1,000 for a Living Voices program titled "Klondike, The Last Adventure," set in the Yukon Region of the Klondike, Alaska, in 1897-1898, during the Klondike Gold Rush. They will present to the public and to students in Bonner County. The project director is Kathleen Mulroy.
Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, Salmon, was awarded $2,000 to continue a multifaceted project featuring exhibits, educational programs, discussions and field trips about the influence of the River of No Return and its tributaries to the history of Salmon River Valley. The project director is Karen Gallogly.
Elizabeth Brunner, Idaho State University Assistant Professor of Communications, Pocatello, received $3,500 for research to complete a book exploring how many of the billion people living in China are changing how they think about nature. She notes that as a country with the largest carbon footprint, people of China are coming to realize that economic growth is adversely impacting the livable environment. The project director is Elizabeth Brunner.
Alessandro Meregaglia, Boise State University assistant professor and archivist/librarian, Boise, was awarded $3,500 to research and complete a book exploring the history of Caxton Printers of Caldwell. Established in 1907, Caxton of Caldwell still produces books and continues to be managed by the Gipson family. The book will highlight the importance of regional publishing companies throughout the 20th century. The project director is Alessandro G. Meregaglia.
Trenton Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at BYU-Idaho, Rexburg, received $3,500 to complete a book, titled “Entangled Influence: Wordsworth, Darwin, and the Struggle for Literary Survival,” a study of the intersection between poet William Wordsworth’s poetry of the natural world and Darwinian theory in Victorian literature. The project director is Trenton Olsen.
David Adler, Alturas Institute Director and University of Idaho lecturer of law, Idaho Falls, was awarded $3,500 to complete a book about the U.S. Supreme Court case of Reed v. Reed (1971), the landmark case that began in Idaho and resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court’s first ruling upholding a Boise woman's claim of unconstitutional gender discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Adler notes that this Idaho story, with all principals except then-Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg being from Boise, became as significant for women as the Brown v. Board of Education case was for African-Americans. The project director is David Gray Adler.
Loran Olsen, Washington State University Emeritus Professor of Music, Port Angeles, Washington, received $2,000 to help support his continuing research for his decades-long project to preserve Nez Perce Music. Working closely with Nez Perce tribal members in Lapwai, Olsen’s project will result in a volume that will explore the meaning and power of Nez Perce song, and will focus on teaching and mentoring Nez Perce musical traditions historically and culturally. The book will be a comprehensive resource for Niimiipuu (Nez Perces) and others, for families, educators and institutions, and will include a compact disc of representative song examples. The project director is Loran Olsen.
Teacher Incentive Grants:
Claudia Moberly, Historical Society of Middleton, was awarded $1,000 to develop a walking tour of Middleton booklet to be used by elementary students and teachers. The booklet will include narrative and photos and will be distributed to area schools, libraries, and historical societies. The project director is Claudia Moberly.
Carrie Magnuson, The Treasure Valley YMCA, Boise, received $1,000 to support the Youth in Government program. This program serves as a supplement to public civic education and helps students explore and develop knowledge and skills to become active, engaged civic leaders. The program provides 300 high school students from around the state with a nine-month, hands-on learning experience in which they actively participate in the processes of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Idaho State Government. The project director is Carrie Magnuson.
Jan Green, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, was awarded $1,000 for a children’s literature class for teachers. The participants meet monthly to review children’s books and discuss how to use them in their classroom. The class qualifies for continuing education credits for the teachers. The 2017-2018 course includes a service theme, such as kindness, dignity of people, honoring family, helping the poor and vulnerable, and caring for others of the world. The project director is Jan Green.
Patty Bolinger, William Thomas Middle School, American Falls, received $1,000 to help support a field trip to Boise to complement 8th-grade American government classes. Students will visit the Idaho State Capitol Building, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Boise State University, and the Discovery Center. Teachers will teach about government, human rights, and the history of the Capitol prior to the trip. The project director is Patty Bolinger.
Alison Moulton, Caldwell Fine Arts Series, Inc., Caldwell, was awarded $1,000 to bring Newberry Award winning writer Gary Schmidt to Caldwell to visit four area schools and two libraries for discussions, assemblies, and writing workshops based upon his book, Okay for Now. This coming-of-age story was a National Book Award Finalist. The project director is Alison Moulton.
Diane Conroy, White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library, Genesee, was awarded $950 to support Student Days. More than 1,800 university students research the vintage magazines, newspapers, letters and papers in Ranch Museum collection. The grant will help preserve these artifacts, so they can be used in a variety of ways. The project director is Diane Conroy.
City Club of Twin Falls was awarded $1,000 to help launch the City Club of Twin Falls, and launch the first luncheon event and. The project director is Jeff Fox.
The Next Deadline for IHC Grants:
The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals is January 15, 2018. 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 www.idahohumanities.org, or by calling 208-345-5346.