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Recently Awarded Projects

Grant-funded projects for fiscal year 2017 (Nov 1, 2016 - Oct 31, 2017) include:

$1,000 grant to Rocky Mountain College to fund Agricultural History of Hops and Craft Beer, two lectures given by Dr. Peter Kopp. One of the two lectures will take place at Rocky Mountain College on April 6th at 6:30 p.m.; the other will be a public lecture hosted by Carter’s Brewing in Billings, MT., on April 7th at 6 p.m.

Spring 2017 Lecture Series, Elk River Arts & Lectures, Livingston, $1,000.00. Support for four presenters (biologist and author Dr. Joseph Drew Lanham, troubadour Greg Klyma, and novelists Megan and Deirdre McNamer) who will each spend time working with Park High School students and give free public lectures in Livingston.

Bitterroot Salish History & Winter Storytelling 2017, Sleeping Child Hot Springs for All, $750. Support for the third annual presentation by the director of the Salish-Kootenai Culture Committee on the Bitterroot Salish history and stories.

Interpreting Today: Making Connections Through Story, Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, $550. A grant to fund a storytelling workshop led by Mary Jane Bradbury on developing stories from historical replicas and artifacts.

Fort Belknap Mid-Winter Fair, $581.56. Funding for honoraria for Gros Ventre (Aaniih) and Assiniboine (Nakota) tribal musicians who will perform at the fair.

Belgrade High School Writing Tutors, Belgrade High School Writing Center, $685. This grant will support the growth and development of the Belgrade High School Writing Center by allowing its tutors and their director to join their university counterparts at Montana State University for the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association Tutor Conference, February 24-25.

The Big Read: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Billings Cultural Partners, $1,000. Support for the purchase of books and honorariums for scholars to work with students in high school during the city-wide Big Read program running March 7-April 11.

Breakfast for Literacy for Families, Plant a Seed...READ!, $569.70. Funding for an annual event for families teaching the importance of reading aloud from birth to age 8 and how to interact in purposeful play with children.

2017 MAM Annual Conference, Museums Association of Montana, $1,000. Support for honoraria and marketing for the MAM annual museum conference, including lectures, tours, and workshops, in Kalispell, March 9-11, 2017.

Montana National History Day, Montana National History Day, $1,000. Funding will support the spring 2017 outreach and support for both teachers and students in Montana's middle and high schools.

Notable Montana Authors: Sharing the Story of Montana, Elling House Arts & Humanities Center, $600. A series of four programs, June-September, profiling some of the notable authors in Montana's history.

The Daly Mansion FREE 2017 Spring Lecture Series, Daly Mansion, $150. Annual lecture series featuring presentations on Montana history ranging from an examination of activist Jeannette Rankin to a discussion of racehorses on the wild frontier.

Research for an Article and Biography on Willard E. Fraser, Betty Lou Mandler, $2,000. The grant will support research into Willard E. Fraser, mayor of Billings from 1963 to 1969 and again from 1971 to 1972.

A Walk Along the Trail of the U.S. Forest Service, Cheryl Hughes, $3,500. A fellowship to support research into the U.S. Forest Service that will result in an interpretative trail at the site of the new U.S. Forest Service museum.

Shakespeare in Montana, Gretchen Minton, $3,500. Continuing research for a book project that tells the diverse stories about Shakespeare’s influence on the people of Montana.

The Future of the Wild in Montana’s Anthropocene, Christopher James Preston, $2,000. Support for research for a book on how human impacts such as climate change and habitat destruction mark the onset of the ‘post-wild’ world of the Anthropocene.

The Montana Book Festival, The Montana Book Festival Organizing Committee, $15,000 three-year sustaining grant. Sustaining support for the multi-day celebration of literary arts held in downtown Missoula, including readings, author signings, panels, workshops, special events, vendor exhibits and a book fair.

The Write Question, Montana Public Radio, $20,055 three-year sustaining grant. Continuing support for the half-hour weekly radio program and podcast that features the literature of, and writers from, the western United States.

Home Ground Radio, Artemis Common Ground, $15,000 three-year sustaining grant. Ongoing support for the weekly radio interview program aired throughout Montana on public radio.

Writing Home: Creative Writing on the Hi-Line, Missoula Writing Collaborative, $3,300. Six six-week writing residencies in fourth-grade classrooms in Havre and Fort Belknap.

Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All, Montana State University-Billings English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages Department, $2,500. An experiential-learning inquiry-based seminar for educators of all subject areas, for grades four through college faculty.

The 2017 In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival presenting The Story of the Blackfoot, Alpine Artisans, $2,400. A three-day festival inspired by Norman Maclean’s novella A River Runs Through It, September 8-10, 2017 in Seeley Lake and Missoula.

Language Revival and Healing through Language, University of Montana Linguistics Program, $2,584. A conference featuring Daryl and Jarrid Baldwin giving presentations on their experiences reviving the once-extinct Myaamia language April 21-22.

Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey, Montana Preservation Alliance, $3,000. A multi-year effort to document remaining historic rural schoolhouses in Montana, encourage their preservation and interpretation and present findings to the public.

Race in Montana Community Forum Series, The Montana Racial Equity Project, $2,500. Support for a community forum in Bozeman on September 15 focusing on various aspects of racial justice and equity issues.

MeagherFest ’17, Thomas Francis Meagher Association, $2,000. An international history, cultural, arts exchange festival celebrating the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish patriot who became Montana’s second territorial governor. The festival will be held on July 1 in Helena.

Counter Programming: Western Art Week and the Creative Indigenous Collective, Paris Gibson Square, $4,000. Events scheduled during Western Art Week include a Native Fashion show created by Still Smoking Designs and an indigenous panel featuring the Creative Indigenous Collective, March 15-18, in Great Falls.

First Annual Indigenous Film Festival, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, $1,000. A free event, June 9-11 featuring Native American shorts, an adult feature film and a youth feature film followed by discussion.

Metis Music and Art Festival, Metis Music and Art Festival, $1,000. The first annual festival will be held in Choteau and will focus on preservation and celebration of Metis culture, including indigenous arts, music, cultural foods, dance, historic preservation, and the Michiff language, June 9-11.

Columbus High School Yellowstone National Park Inquiry Project, Columbus High School, $1,000. Columbus High School students will study the historical and contemporary impacts that visitors have on Yellowstone National Park’s animals, ecosystem, and cultural values.

Native American Race Relations and Healing Symposium, The Montana Racial Equity Project, $900. A day-long symposium featuring two panel discussions on tribal sovereignty and other contemporary Native American issues, April 1 in Missoula.

Book Discussion Group, Wedsworth Memorial Library, Cascade, $1,000. Support for eight book discussions led by Dr. Penny Hughes-Briant exploring two themes—the lives of women and how people deal with disaster.

Grant-Writing Workshops, Montana History Foundation. Helena, $1,000. Support for a minimum of six grant-writing workshops across Montana in 2017.These workshops build capacity in Montana's rural arts and cultural nonprofits and allow them to compete effectively for grant dollars.

Wildlife, Montana State University Billings, $500. Support for a two-day event offering a series of Montana speakers on the topic of wildlife—from a history of bear management in Yellowstone National Park to an examination of snakes in ancient mythology, June 23-24.

Apsaalooke Pryor Mountain Video Project, Our Montana Inc., Billings, $1,000. Funding for a 15-20- minute video about the significance of the Pryor Mountains to the Apsaalooke people, produced by Crow videographers and editors and including interviews with Crow elders.

Healing Through Language, Sacred Roots Language Society, Missoula, $1,000. Support for a lecture by Bruce Wolf Child, an elder from the Kainai reserve in Alberta, a residential school survivor, and a language activist who will share his knowledge of the Blackfoot language and its relation to healing from historical trauma, April 22.

PCFA Annual Artists Lecture Series, The Park County Friends of the Arts, Livingston, $1,000. Four local artists will discuss what it is about Livingston and Park County that draws them, keeps them, and inspires them in a lecture series called “Why Here?”

Reflections of the Revolution: The October Revolution and Global Order, 1917-2017, University of Montana, Missoula, $1,000. A conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 October Revolution in Russia.

Nez Perce Living Culture Scholars, Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton, $1,000. Tribal elders from the Nez Perce Lapwai Reservation will travel to the Ravalli County Museum to share the history and living culture of the Nez Perce people in a two-day celebration at the opening of the Nez Perce Travelling Exhibit, May 19-20.

The Southsiders: A History of Billings’ Southside, Western Heritage Center, Billings, $500. An exhibit of a unique aspect of Billings—the Southside with its diverse ethnic neighborhoods and neighbors, south of the downtown railroad tracks.

Abridging Rights of "The Other," Missoula League of Women Voters, Missoula, $1,000. A tour of Fort Missoula’s WWII internment camp, three film screenings, and presentations from four guest speakers on the human cost to “the other” of xenophobia, property confiscation, and the loss of freedom and family as the price of security.

Crow Summer Institute, The Language Conservancy, Bloomington, Indiana, $5,100. Funding for the 2017 Crow Summer Institute, the premier Crow language teachers’ training program in the United States.

Children’s Festival of the Book 2017, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, $4,000. The 10th annual festival at the Bozeman Public Library will feature award-winning children’s author illustrators Grace Lin and Jarrett Krosoczka, Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.

Montana Playwrights Conference, Montana Playwrights Network, Helena, $2,600. The first Montana Playwrights Conference will offer workshops and activities aimed at playwrights, storytellers, literary/reading/writing teachers and business professionals, November 2-3.

I Am Interchange, Interchange Symposium, Bozeman, $3,000. Funds to support the creation of podcasts and social media promotion of the popular Bozeman current events discussions.

The Madison Valley History Museum Project, Phase II, Madison Valley History Association, Ennis, $2,500. Support to continue cataloging and indexing the several thousand artifacts and documents held by the Madison Valley History Association.

Michif Festival Videography, The Gay Dad Project, Missoula, $1,000. Documentation of the Michif Festival in Choteau, Montana, June 9-11, including interviews with elders.

Underage Democracy, Forward Montana, Missoula, $500. A non-partisan, peer-to-peer high school civic engagement program that complements existing grades 9-12 high school civics classes with templates that can be implemented by student leaders.

MSU-N Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2017: La Fiesta Continues, Montana State University-Northern Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (Havre), $500. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2017, MSUN will invite Dimencion Nortena, a Mexican norteno band, to perform for the community in a kermes (Spanish for carnival). The importance of this celebration lies in the inclusiveness of the rich cultural heritage of the ethnicities on the MSUN campus as well as Havre and the Hi-Line community.

The Big Read: The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Billings Cultural Partners, $1,000. The Round House explores the consequences of a single act of violence, the theme of justice and ultimately the theme of resilience in Native cultures. The Big Read is a national program that offers grants to support organizations in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. The Writer’s Voice will host the NEA Big Read in Billings and at tribal colleges throughout Montana in October, 2017.

KENDRA (project director Brooke Swaney), Big Sky Film Institute, Missoula, $10,000: A documentary that follows Native American adoptee Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, who was raised in a white family, as she reunites with her birth mother and discovers her Lummi heritage.

New Neighbors Project (project directors Bryan Bello, Saif Alsaegh, Claire Haughey, Ryan Seitz, Gabe Sweeney), Renga Media, Missoula, $10,000: Through a series of documentaries and live discussions, refugees recently resettled in Missoula will tell their own stories and infuse their observations into the community discourse.

The House That Rob Built (project director Megan Harrington), Big Sky Film Institute, Missoula, $10,000: A documentary about former University of Montana basketball coach Rob Selvig and the cultural phenomenon he helped to create in women's basketball.

The Bozeman Trail (project director Lee Haines), WyomingPBS Foundation, $5,000: A one-hour public TV documentary telling the story of the Bozeman Trail from three major viewpoints: Native American perspectives, the emigrant perspective, and the U.S. military perspective.

The Lentil Underground 360: A VR Journey for the Organically Curious (LU360) (project director Jaime L. Jacobsen and Charles Dye), Friends of MontanaPBS Inc., Bozeman, $3,500: A uniquely participatory web experience encouraging dialogue across Montana's sometimes polarized agro-economic aisle about the history, people, and ideas featured in Liz Carlisle's award-winning book.

Rick Steber's "Books for Kids" and Ninepipes Museum's Jackson Sundown Presentation, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Charlo, $3,061: A project that will provide free, autographed books by the author to students in various western Montana schools. The author will also present a program to the public based on his 2016 publication, Jackson Sundown.

MSU KGLT Chrysti the Wordsmith's "Latin in Everyday English," KGLT, Bozeman, $2,500: Collaborating with Erika Shupe, Latin teacher and consultant, Chrysti the Wordsmith will reveal, during the course of a year’s radio programming, how Latin animates our written and spoken American English.