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Recently Awarded Projects


Grant-funded projects for fiscal year 2018 (Nov 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2018) include:

2017 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival, Carroll College, Helena, $500: Support for Carroll's literary festival that features creative work and literary criticism by students from Carroll, other Montana colleges, and community members. The festival includes a keynote by a nationally acclaimed author. All events are free and open to the public.

Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee Attendance at Western History Conference, Selis-Qlispe Culture Committee, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, St. Ignatius, $1,000: Support for Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee attendance at 2017 Western History Association Conference, which includes numerous sessions relevant to SPCC projects in ethnography and history.

Native Montana — A Pop-Up Museum, Helena College University of Montana, Helena, $1,000: Support for Native Montana — A Pop-Up Museum, a photo exhibit showcasing Native Americans in Montana, both in the past and present. The project is a collaboration between Helena College, the Helena College Native American Studies faculty/historian Laura Ferguson, and the Montana Historical Society.

Winter 2017 - 2018 Book Discussions, Friends of the Glendive Public Library, Glendive, $1,000: A monthly scholar-led book discussion at the Glendive Public Library.

The Open Book Project, Choteau-Teton Public Library, $1,000. Support for a discussion group that will provide community members with an activity designed to enrich their quality of life through experiencing literature and sharing that experience with others.

En-th-a-eye "Place of the Little Bull Trout" Indigenous Film Festival, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, $1,000. This event will offer a variety of shorts and feature films that highlight Indigenous resiliency told from an Indigenous perspective followed by a discussion forum led by American Indian leaders within the film industry, local activists, educators, and storytellers.

"A Shot Above the Rest" Exhibit Opening and Book Signing, Yellowstone County Museum, $800. Funding for for new exhibit featuring photos, shootouts and memorabilia of sharpshooter Tom Frye. Tim Price, author of "Shooting for the Record," will speak about Frye's accomplishments and sign books on Friday, Februray 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Yellowstone County Museum.

El Rio Film & Discussion, MSU Billings Dept. of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, $1,000. Support for Juan Carlos Galeano to introduce and show his film El Rio, concerning how peoples of Amazonia adapt traditional belief to contemporary life. The screening and discussion will take place on Feb. 13th, 2018, at 6:30pm - 9:00pm at Art House Cinema in Billings.

Metis Music, Art and Culture Festival, Michif Heritage Keepers, $1,500. Support for the second annual festival that will include language preservation activities, handouts of Michif language materials, and interactions with participants in speaking Michif words and phrases. The festival will take place in Choteau, Montana, June 8-10, 2018.

Making History Relevant Workshop Series, The Extreme History Project, $1,150. Funding for workshops encouraging Bozeman residents to engage with their history. Workshops include: The House History Workshop, May, 2018; Historic Recipes in the Archives Workshop, September, 2018; Genealogy Workshop, October, 2018.

Mary Kassmeier, Midwife on the Upper Missouri, Women’s Reproductive History Alliance, $4,622. Support for a digitized collection of photographs and documentation by Mary Kassmeier, an early 1900's Fort Benton midwife. Mary Kassmeier helped pregnant women in communities along the Upper Missouri and collected over one hundred labeled images ranging from formal photographs of infants to intimate pictures that are a testament to a life dedicated to Montana women and children. The collection will be available online by late fall of 2018.

I Am Montana, Free Verse Writing Project, $8,000. Support for a creative project designed to allow young people to discuss their identities and reflect on their experiences and understandings of Montana. Free Verse will partner with Second Season and Arts Without Boundaries, in Billings, to bring writers to schools and juvenile detention centers across Montana.

2018 Honors Symposium: "Technology and Humankind," Flathead Valley Community College, $3,000. Funding for a lecture series that will examine the human and social impact of technological advancement, including the implications of technology on nature, the environment, the self, family, and society. The symposium is free and will take place in February and March, 2018.

National Buffalo Foundation/Kauffman Museum touring exhibit, The American Bison: Masters of the Plains, Western Heritage Center, $1,000. The exhibit explores the significance of bison in the cultures of Plains Indian peoples—particularly as a resource for food, clothing, shelter and tools, as well as how bison are being managed in contemporary times. The exhibit will be displayed at the Western Heritage Center in Billings February 19 – April 7, 2018. It will also be displayed at the Carbon County Historical Society in Red Lodge April 12 – May 28, 2018.

Native Filmmaker Initiative 2018-2019, Big Sky Film Institute, Missoula, $4,000. Support for a program created by the Big Sky Film Institute; the Initiative provides career-building opportunities for underrepresented artists pursuing filmmaking as a vocation, providing a platform for Indigenous stories in theaters and schools.

One Robe - Little Shell Tribe History Children's Book, Kimberly McKeehan, Great Falls, $3,897. Funding for the creation and publication of One Robe, a Little Shell Tribe children’s history book. This illustrated children's book will be published in English/Michif and English/Ojibwe language editions and will detail where the Little Shell Tribe came from, who they have been geographically, culturally, and historically, and who they are today. One Robe will be created for elementary readers and will be available for free or at very low cost to encourage access for tribal members.

The Wheatley Lecture Event, Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr. Endowed Lectureship Series Committee at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, $500. Support for "Creating Community in Fracturing Times: Returning Civility to Civil Dialogue" that will be held at Rocky Mountain College March 8-9, 2018. The event will feature the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, and Rabbi Uri Barnea.

2018 Museums Association of Montana Annual Conference, Museums Association of Montana, Helena, $1,000. Support for a conference that will provide the professional and volunteer staff of Montana's museums and cultural organizations the tools necessary to interpret and promote the understanding and appreciation of Montana's history and culture. The Museums Association of Montana's Annual Conference will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Helena, from March 8-10, 2018.

2018 Big Read, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, $1,000. Funding for Missoula Public Library's biennial Big Read program that includes four weeks of activities that will engage readers' imaginations through art, music, costuming, crafts-making, and storytelling. The 2018 Big Read selection is Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. Events will kick off on September 29, 2018 and conclude October 28, 2018. Related programming will take place daily through Missoula, Lolo, Frenchtown, Potomac, Seeley Lake, Condon, Drummond and Polson.

Montana Preservation Road Show Conference: Literary Landscapes and Discussion, Montana Preservation Alliance, Helena, $1,000. Support for "Literary Landscapes," a panel that will gather scholars and the public to discuss how Flathead/Glacier writers have reflected and impacted the regional landscape and how their legacies can live on, June 15, location TBD.

Refugees and Displacement: A Panel Discussion, Montana State University, Dept. of History and Philosophy, Bozeman, $1,000. Funding for a panel discussion focusing on the experiences of refugees and displaced people. The panel will be part of a series of spring events in the Bozeman area designed to promote critical and empathic conversations and reflection about refugees and forced displacement. This event will take place on March 19 and coincide with opening week of REFUGEE, an interpretive exhibition at the Exit Gallery in Bozeman.

Signatures from Big Sky 2018, Montana AGATE, Dillon, $1,000. Support for Signatures from Big Sky 2018, the only publication dedicated to the work of Montana's K-12 writers and artists. It has been published every year since 1990 and has included work from Montana students from all over the state and in every grade level. Submissions are due March 30 and publications will be available May 15.