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May 2018

MAY 2018

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Thanks to Kendeda Fund for Supporting Tribal Partnerships

We are thrilled to announce the Kendeda Fund has awarded Humanities Montana a grant to support the Tribal Partnerships Initiative. Thanks to Kendeda’s generosity, we will award our next three Tribal Partnerships by June 15.

The Kendeda Fund is a private grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, empowering communities across the U.S. and around the globe to enhance equity, vibrancy, resourcefulness, and resilience. The Kendeda Fund helps underrepresented but trusted voices build social and community capital by supporting experienced, and emerging, leaders who have the vision to see problems differently and the courage to challenge conventional thinking.

Learn more about Kendeda here.

Montanan Receives Major Grant from NEH

Congratulations to National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient Irene Applelbaum!

Irene was awarded a $50,400 fellowship for her project "Making Kutenai Tales Accessible: Searchable Text, Interlinearized Narratives, and Audio Recordings." The project is an annotated edition, in digital and audio form, of nine folktales in the endangered Kutenai language, spoken in the northwestern U.S. and southeastern British Columbia, Canada.

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is August 20, 2018 for regular grants (over $1,000) and film & digital media grants.

Opportunity grants are available for up to $1,000. These quick-action grants are especially helpful for new or emerging humanities projects in smaller communities.

Event Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out about upcoming Humanities Montana-sponsored events.


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Humanities Montana strives to enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.

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Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Montana Center for the Book Prize Nominations Now Open

The Montana Center for the Book, a program of Humanities Montana, is now accepting nominations for the second annual MCB Prize. Nominations will be accepted from May 1 to July 15, 2018.

The Montana Center for the Book Prize recognizes and supports programs that celebrate literature and give people increased access to books and writers. The MCB Prize includes a $1,000 cash award presented to each of up to five Montana-based organizations that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming. Organizations may nominate themselves for the Prize and Humanities Montana will promote the MCB Prize widely. Prize recipients will be chosen by the Montana Center for the Book advisory committee and the Humanities Montana board of directors.

In awarding the MCB Prize, the Montana Center for the Book will prioritize geographic diversity with a special emphasis on organizations that reach rural populations. While programs do not have to be free, low- or no-cost programs are preferred. Examples of prize-worthy activities include mini-festivals, literacy promotion, One Book programs, little free library programs, reading/writing workshops, and book-making workshops.

For nomination instructions and examples of past winners, see our MCB web page.

Let’s Talk About Fake News

Whether it’s celebrity click-bait, your crazy uncle on Facebook, or a news article you disagree with, everyone’s raising the alarm about fake news. Join Darrell Ehrlick, editor of the Billings Gazette, Ed Kemmick, founder of Last Best News, and Jackie Yamanaka, senior political reporter for Yellowstone Public Radio at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney on May 24th, 6:30 pm, for a community conversation.

Let’s Talk About Fake News is part of Humanities Montana’s year-long focus, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen”, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

Join the discussion in several ways:

  • Book one of more than a dozen programs from our special Informed Citizen catalog (see directions below).
  • Work with Humanities Montana staff to put together a community conversation featuring local journalists and journalism scholars—send us an email or call Kim Anderson at 406-243-6022.
  • Watch for news about presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists coming to Montana later this year.

You can apply for a program funded by Humanities Montana using our easy online application (identical to our Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools applications). All Informed Citizen discussion leaders are selected through a careful application and review process in order to assure the highest quality. Thank you to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils for your generous support of this initiative, and the Pulitzer Prizes for your partnership.

Apply to Host Hometown Humanities 2018-19

Hometown Humanities is a program of Humanities Montana that brings a year’s worth of free humanities programming and support for humanities projects to one Montana town. In the past year, Humanities Montana has provided over 40 programs and supported multiple projects in Sidney, including the upcoming Let’s Talk About Fake News community conversation, a discussion series on diversity in Montana, readings and workshops with the Montana Poet Laureate, and a variety of programs designed for area schools.

Do you want your town to be the next Hometown site? Tell us why through our online application. Any town with a population under 20,000 is eligible and the application deadline is May 15th. We look forward to discovering our next Hometown!

Visit our Hometown Humanities page for more information and a calendar of events, and contact Brooke with questions or requests.

Montana Teachers Compete for Western Literature Prize

Montana teachers of Western American literature have a unique opportunity to share their teaching strategies at a national meeting. You can submit an application for the WLA/Charles Redd Center K-12 Teaching Prize, which supports attendance at the annual Western American Literature Conference. Go here to see the application details. The deadline is July 1. Montana's very own Cheryl Hughes and Hali Kirby have won this award—add your name to the list!

Opportunity to Lead Institute of Health and Humanities

The Institute of Health and Humanities is seeking a part-time contracted executive director. IHH is sponsored by the University of Montana with a thirty-year history of supporting programming and scholarship at the intersection of health/healthcare and the humanities. Go here to view the full job description.

NEH Needs You!

Montanans are encouraged to serve as reviewers on the National Endowment for the Humanities grant review panels. This is a chance to learn about exciting projects taking place around the nation and have an impact on funding for underserved states such as Montana. You can access the application form here.

Penny Redli Named Montanan of the Week by Senator Daines

Congratulations to Humanities Montana board member Penny Redli for being recognized as Montanan of the Week by Senator Steve Daines. You can read the senator’s full statement here. Well deserved, Penny—we’re proud of you!

Grants Awarded:
April 2018

Broadway Flags Community Conversation, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, Red Lodge, $1,000.00: Funding to support a two-hour event with panelists to discuss the history of the annual flag display in Red Lodge and how decisions have been made regarding which flags to include and when they are flown. This event is a response to concerns about flags that incorporate the Confederate flag into their designs. This community conversation is free and open to the public and will take place from 5-7pm on May 2 at the Pizza Company in Red Lodge.

Mark Matthews Teaches the Teachers, Sidney Middle School, Sidney, $750.00: Funding to support a two-day dance workshop with historian and dance instructor Mark Matthews. Mark will teach Sidney Middle School fitness teachers about the history, interpretation, and technique behind American dance traditions. This workshop will take place in early summer at Sidney Middle School.

MAM CARES Stipends, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, $1,000.00: Support for MAM CARES Stipends which will provide $100 stipends for 10 staff from rural museums, libraries, and archives to attend an archive workshop and community design charrette at the Missoula Art Museum on May 11, 2018, as part of MAM's Collection Access, Research, and Education Solutions (CARES) program.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — April 2018


Judy Bertram
Devin Egan
Ken Egan*
Arch Ellwein
Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer
Tami Haaland
Raela Hulett
Bill Kearns
Bernard Rose
Mary Shafaieh
Nancy Snyder
Dorothea Susag


Friends of the Boulder Community Library
Billings Cultural Partners
Livingston Park County Public Library

*Current Board and Staff Members
**Former Board and Staff Members