2022 Grants Awarded
Children’s Festival of the Book 2022, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Bozeman, MT, $2,000. The 14th Annual Children’s Festival of the Book at the Bozeman Public Library on November 12, 2022 will feature author Shannon Hale and author/illustrator LeUyen Pham. This free festival devoted to children’s books allows families to meet and hear award-winning children’s authors and illustrators, here in Montana! The day includes presentations, workshops, crafts, author signings, and other book-related activities. Scholars will visit area schools on November 10 to reach even more readers.
Celebrating the Legacy of Red Cloud: Cross-Cultural Friendships, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT, $5,000. Working with the University of Nebraska Writing Project, Agate Fossil Beds and Fort Laramie National Parks, Elk River Writing Project at MSUB will develop an instructional film focused on the friendship between Chief Red Cloud and James Cook. This film, created for grades 5-12, will feature members of the Red Cloud family, the expertise of a NPS ranger, and writing teachers from Nebraska and Elk River Writing Projects as they explore this cross-cultural friendship.
Elk River Arts & Lectures FY 2023 Lecture Series, Elk River Arts & Lectures, Livingston, MT, $7,500. The Elk River Arts & Lectures’ Lecture Series creates opportunities for southwest Montanans to engage with the diverse ideas and outside perspectives found in the literary arts. We invite writers and other speakers from across the region and country to come to Livingston, give a free public lecture, and visit a local classroom. We strive to build community through the literary arts and conversations on topics of local relevance.
Crow Summer Institute 2022, Crow Language Consortium, Hardin, MT, $10,000. The 2022 Crow Summer Institute will provide training in phonology and communicative skills in the language, advanced phonology, and methods for teaching Crow as a second language. The CSI is critical to the survival of the Crow language. By providing high-quality training in current teaching methods, the CSI helps ensure revitalization the of this important cultural resource.
Creating a Community Dance in Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, Red Lodge, MT, $1,800. The Roosevelt Center will combine the evenings of dancing with the town’s monthly Second Saturday Art Walks to help attract even more visitors to view the art on view at locations throughout Red Lodge.
Lightning Creek Oral History Project, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, Bozeman, MT, $2,000. This project will lay the foundation for Crosscut’s Lightning Creek programs and their archives, starting with the Martin family, who owned this section of land for 55+ years using the name Trapper’s Cabin Ranch. The Crosscut team will conduct an oral history with Sandy Martin, while simultaneously collecting, organizing, and archiving photos and documents, ensuring the preservation of the Gallatin Canyon’s history.
James Welch Native American Literature Festival, Aasaisstto Language Society, East Glacier, $10,000.00. The James Welch Native American Literature Festival will be a three-day event celebrating the work of the internationally acclaimed writer James Welch and featuring contemporary Native American writers.
Philosophy Symposia Series, Merlin CCC, Helena, $3,750.00. The Philosophy Symposia Series will focus on military life & the ethics of war, freedom of speech, and our relationship with nature.
Blackfeet Ethnoecology Mapping Project, Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Browning, $6,100.00. The project will develop an Indigenous science database informed by the Blackfoot knowledge system to disseminate traditional landscape stewardship principles about ecosystem connectivity and the role and responsibility of Blackfoot people in protecting cultural and natural resources.
Talk Series: Language Reclamation and Beyond, University of Montana Linguistics Department, Missoula, $5,000.00. An international conference co-hosted by Chief Dull Knife College and featuring a series of plenary talks on Indigenous language documentation and reclamation.
Story of Butte, Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, Butte, $7,500.00. Support for curated articles about the history of Butte on a website and mobile app.
First Voices, Thresh, Inc., New York, New York, $2,000.00. Contemporary multidisciplinary interpretations of Indigenous stories for the digital platform working with tribal elders and high school students.
Buckskin and Cloth Dresses, April Martin, Busby, $4,000.00. Research fellowship on the evolution of women’s buckskin and cloth dresses with an emphasis on the Cheyenne Nation.
One Book Belgrade 2022, Belgrade Community Library, Belgrade, MT, $1,000. One Book Belgrade is a program which aims to foster connections in the Belgrade Community by bringing people together to read. This year’s program will spark conversations related to Westward expansion, conquest, justice, bravery, ecology, and family, and will conclude with an author event.
Melstone History Highway Sign Panel #3, Melstone Area Foundation, Melstone, MT, $1,000. Panel #3 of the history sign will complete the story the Melstone Area Foundation wishes to tell while preserving the area’s history in a way that will be accessible to many. With the third panel, the entire canvas from buffalo days to the present will be depicted in story and photos.
Food for Thought: An Evening of Great Conversation, Billings Public Library Foundation, Billings, MT, $999. The purpose of this evening is to offer a variety of engaging conversations, promote community dialogue and foster a spirit of life-long learning. In this process, we also wish to raise community’s awareness of the Billings Public Library and Library Foundation, plus raise funds in support.
August Institute, Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative, Trout Creek, MT, $1,000. The Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative (WMPLC) aims to support and increase equity, inclusion, achievement and well-being for all Montana students.
Sentinel Reads, Sentinel High School, Missoula, MT, $1,000. After COVID, Sentinel High School is excited to come together to engage in a “One Book” event. Our entire staff and student body will read the book The Big Burn, and incorporate the content and themes into every subject area in a week-long event, culminating in an author visit by Jeanette Ingold.
Music & Mental Health Panel, North Valley Music School, Whitefish, MT, $675.00. On behalf of Mental Health Awareness Month, North Valley Music School and the Nate Chute Foundation will co-host a Music & Mental Health Panel to explore the relationship between music and wellness. The event will be free and open to the public with both in-person and virtual attendance options.
Hands on Montana!, Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, MT, $1,000. Hands on Montana is a beloved, annual event that takes place in downtown Lewistown on the first Saturday in June! This free, community-wide event takes place from 12-4pm and celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of Central Montana’s culture! Hands on Montana includes a month-long community art show, live art demonstrations from ceramicists and glass blowers, local authors, free local food and drink, family art activities, and live performances from local groups!
Montana State Literacy Conference, Montana State Literacy Association, Lewistown, MT, $1,000. Montana State Literacy Conference will be held October 20-21 in order to promote the improvement of reading and literacy for teachers, administrators, and parents.
No-No Boy at Kirks Grocery, Kirks Grocery, Billings, MT, $1,000. No-No Boy blends original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images to illuminate hidden American histories. Julian Saporiti has transformed years of doctoral study into an innovative project which bridges a divide between art and scholarship.
We Burn Like This Montana Tour, We Burn Like This LLC, Billings, MT, $1,000. The award-winning Montana-made narrative feature film WE BURN LIKE THIS hits the road this June for a week-long Montana tour with writer/director/producer Alana Waksman in attendance for Q&As following the film.
Montana History Foundation Grant Writing Workshop Series, Montana History Foundation, Helena, MT, $1,000. With support from Humanities Montana, the Montana History Foundation will travel to three rural communities to deliver free grant writing workshops in 2022. The half-day training provides concrete steps for developing a strong project idea, crafting a fundable proposal, and creating a budget.
Romey Stuckart Essay and Talk, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, $1,000.00. Independent curator and author Ben Mitchell will write an essay about the artist Romey Stuckart for a 16-page exhibition catalog and a live presentation.
Annual Youth Concert, Helena Symphony, Helena, $1,000.00. An educational performance for 2,000 fourth and fifth graders from across the Helena region featuring the acclaimed Classical Kids Live Symphony program Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
MPN Playwrights Conference 2022: From Page to Stage, Montana Playwrights Network, Helena, $1,000.00. A two-day conference examining the sometimes obscure process a new play script follows in its journey from page to stage, with expert presenters and panelists offering analysis and discussion of original plays by Montana playwrights.
Teen Book Boxes Extension Program, Billings Public Library, Billings, $1,000.00. BPL, in partnership with Tumbleweed Runaway Services, will offer free books and supplemental materials to teenagers and young adults.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Lecture Event, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, $1,000.00. Support for the Wheatley Lecture this year featuring theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Mullan Road Conference 2022, River and Plains Society, Fort Benton, $1,000.00. Support for this national conference commemorating the completion of the Mullan Military Wagon Road in 1860 between Fort Benton and Fort Walla Walla, Washington.