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September 2018


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On Location: A Writing Workshop with Tami Haaland

Join former Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland on September 8th, 1:00 pm, at First People’s Buffalo State Park.

Her workshop invites reflection and meditative responses to the landscape as well as exploration of historic, cultural, and scientific details about the park. Participants will briefly read 2-3 short literary excerpts specifically chosen for the hike. Bring a notebook and be prepared to jot ideas, draft passages or sketch impressions as you stop and ask questions at intervals along the trail.

Tami Haaland

Meet Humanities Montana’s Staff this Fall

Our staff will be participating in many conferences and festivals this fall as the humanities and nonprofit communities come together for learning and reflecting. Be sure to visit us when we’re in your neighborhood!

Mountain-Plains Museums Association Conference, September 11-15, Billings: Ken Egan will greet attendees to this major gathering of museum professionals from throughout the western United States and Canada.

Montana Book Festival, September 27-30, Missoula: Kim Anderson will host special events at the Downtown Dance Collective, including a celebration of Montana Center for the Book Prize winners, a Big Sky Reads panel, and more.

Montana Nonprofit Association Conference, October 2-4, Helena: Brooke Beighle, our communications director, will represent HM and attend sessions focused on communications and development.

Missoula Public Library Big Read Events, October 16, Missoula: Kim Anderson and Samantha Dwyer will lead a discussion of science fiction/fantasy and the quest for self-knowledge as part of the month-long Big Read celebration of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Montana Educators’ Conference, October 18-19, Billings: Ken Egan and many of HM’s fine Speakers in the Schools presenters will offer sessions during the annual conference. You can see a full schedule here.

Montana State Reading Council Literary Conference, October 18-19, Billings: HM staff will be presenting on the Montana Center for the Book and programs available to libraries and schools.

High Plains BookFest and Awards, October 18-20, Billings: HM board members and Ken Egan will host a table at the annual awards banquet as HM joins in celebrating the diverse literary cultures of the U.S. and Canadian high plains.

Grant Deadlines

Regular, fellowship, three-year sustaining, and film and digital production grants have been suspended from November 1, 2018 until October 31, 2019 so that HM can expand development capacity and plan for a relaunch of our grants and programs in 2020.

Already approved three-year sustaining grants and Opportunity grants will continue.

Event Calendar

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Board Meets at Little Big Horn College September 13-15

Join Humanities Montana’s board and staff during their fall meeting at Little Big Horn College September 13-15. The meeting will begin with a welcome reception for the extraordinary and timely symposium "Treaties that Live" (see the article below) on Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm at the college.

The board meeting will begin at 8 am in the library programs room at Little Big Horn College the following day and will include a working session on rethinking Humanities Montana’s vision and mission. The board will attend the symposium as well. The public is welcome to attend all board meetings.

Grant Spotlight — "Treaties That Live" Symposium September 14-15

Little Big Horn College will host “Treaties That Live: Sesquicentennial of Crow (Apsaalooke) Indian Treaties of 1868” September 14-15. The symposium, including lectures, interactive panel discussions, an exhibit of documents, and films, will provide multidisciplinary accounts of the people and issues that were important at the time of the 1868 Fort Laramie and Fort Hawley treaties 150 years ago and ramifications of the treaties historically and today, and as a bulwark of tribal nationhood and sovereignty. You can see the full schedule here.

The symposium is funded in part through a grant from Humanities Montana.

Employment Opportunity: Humanities Montana Seeks Development Director

Do you feel called to help assure humanities opportunities for all Montanans? Consider joining Humanities Montana’s team by applying to serve as our development director. The development director will not only lead our advancement efforts but will help shape the organization’s future initiatives. This is a moment of exciting change for Humanities Montana and so we seek a person passionate about the transformative power of civil gatherings, public programs and grants, school enrichment programs, and more.

For more information about the position, as well as the application guidelines, go here. Review of applications will begin September 17 and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions about the position, call Ken Egan at 406 243-6022.

Humanities Montana Suspends Regular, Film and Digital Grants for 2019

Humanities Montana has entered a year focused on expanding development capacity and planning for a relaunch of our grants and programs during 2020. We will therefore suspend our regular, film and digital, three-year sustaining, and fellowship grants for fiscal year 2019 (November 1, 2018-October 31, 2019).

We will continue to offer Opportunity Grants (quick-action grants up to $1,000) and will honor our already-approved three-year sustaining grants.

We recognize this suspension may cause inconvenience for our many partners and humanists around the state. Please call Humanities Montana’s staff at 243-6022 to discuss this temporary change and other possible funders for your work.

Big Sky Reads — Support for Book Clubs

The Montana Center for the Book supports public book clubs in rural areas that engage in deeper, thought-provoking discussions about literature. We provide $500 stipends to pay for trained discussion leaders, author visits, book shipping, marketing, and other costs that enhance the humanities value of a program. (We do not cover costs for refreshments, venues, or organization staff.) Book clubs must be open to the public and meet in a public space or school. All book clubs supported by the Montana Center for the Book contribute reading lists, discussion questions, event times and more to our Facebook group. This is a great resource to find new books, new participants, discussion questions, and facilitators.

If your library, school, or other organization has an established book club you think qualifies, you can apply for this award any time. We fund up to ten clubs each year. There’s no deadline and the application is easy!

Special thanks to Bernard Rose for supporting Big Sky Reads through a generous gift.

Red Lodge Hosts Hometown Humanities 2018-19

Humanities Montana executive director Ken Egan met with Red Lodge community members on August 23 to continue discussing cultural opportunities in the region. Participants were especially enthusiastic about introducing a new multi-day cultural festival next fall and offering programs to encourage discussion of contemporary issues. And now that the school year’s begun, Humanities Montana staff will be back soon to meet with teachers.

For information about upcoming events and how you can be involved, contact Kim Anderson and sign up for the Hometown Humanities newsletter.

Locavore News

Informed Citizen presenter Courtney Cowgill, who is both a farmer and a journalist, says carrots and journalism have more in common than you might think. Cowgill shares what she’s learned after 20 years in the media and 10 years of farming—when it comes to feeding themselves with either food or information, people will support something they can trust. In an era of fake news and fake food, trust is waning. Local news and local food offer some important lessons on what to do about it.

Courtney’s presentation, Locavore News, is one of a dozen that your organization or school can book for free. Check out our Informed Citizen page on the website for information about how to start a conversation!

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — August 2018


Kim Anderson*
Brooke Beighle*
Devin Egan
Ken Egan*
Marie Habener
Raela Hulett
Bernard Rose
Hal Stearns
Dorothea Susag
Nicholas Vrooman


Elk River Arts & Lectures
Miles City Public Library
St. John's Lutheran Ministries

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