2024 Grants Awarded

Geraldine Library Book Club, Chouteau County Library Foundation –  Geraldine Branch Library, Geraldine, MT, $500. This book club, hosted by the Chouteau County Library – Geraldine Branch, is held the first Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m. The book club meets at Milk & Honey (1254 Main St, Geraldine, MT 59446). To learn more about joining and participating, please contact the Geraldine Branch Librarian, Samantha Summers at (406) 737-4331 or visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594401863969842/).

The Sorry I’m Late Book Club, Preston Hot Springs Town/County Library, Hot Springs, MT, $500. The Sorry I’m Late Book Club, hosted by the Preston Hot Springs Town-County Library, meets on several occasions throughout the year at 3:00 p.m. at the library. 2024 dates include January 13, March 7, March 28, April 18, May 9, May 30, June 20, July 11, August 1, August 22, September 12, October 3, and October 24. To learn more, contact Starla Rice at (406) 741-3491 or visit https://prestonhotspringslibrary.org/programs.

Plains Public Library Book Club, Plains Public Library, Plains, MT, $500. The Plains Public Library Book Club, hosted by the Plains Public Library, meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. from September to May at the Plains Public Library (108 W Railroad St, Plains, MT 59859). To learn more, contact Cindy Thomas at (406) 826-3101 or visit their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/people/Plains-Public-Library/100077332718099).

Fort Benton Book Club, Chouteau County Library Foundation – Fort Benton Library, Fort Benton, MT, $500. The Fort Benton Book Club, hosted by the Fort Benton Library, meets on the 4th Monday of each month at noon in the basement of the Fort Benton Library (1518 Main Street, Fort Benton, MT 59442. To learn more, contact Emily Wicks at (406) 622-5222 or fblibrary1915@gmail.com and visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChouteauCountyLibrary).

LPL Book Clubs, Lewistown Public Library, Lewistown, MT, $500. The LPL Book Clubs, hosted by the Lewistown Public Library, meet monthly at the library. The Mystery Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month and reads true crime, mysteries, and paranormal fiction and nonfiction. The Science Fiction & Fantasy Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month and alternates between genres. The A-Z Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month and reads across a range of genres but is specifically marketed toward “newcomers to town and old souls” to encourage new residents to engage with their library and community. To learn more, contact Lewistown Public Library staff at (406) 538-5212 and visit the library’s website at lewistownlibrary.org.

Book Talk Book Club, Stillwater County Library, Columbus, MT, $500. The Book Talk Book Club, hosted by the Stillwater County Library in Columbus, MT meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about Book Talk Book Club, contact Kayli at slibrary@stillwatercountylibrary.org or at (406) 322-5009. To learn more about the Book Talk Book Club, visit their website.

Wedsworth Memorial Library Book Club, Wedsworth Memorial Library, Cascade, MT, $500. The Wedsworth Memorial Library Book Club, hosted by Wedsworth Memorial Library, meets once a month August through May. The group meets once a month in August, September, October, November, February, March, April, and May on the 2nd Monday at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, contact Nancy Royan at (406) 468-2848 or visit https://cascademtwedsworthlibrary.org/programs/.

Book Discussion at the Havre-Hill County Library, Havre, MT, $500. The summer reading program at the Havre-Hill County Library will take place on May 30, June 27, July 25, and August 29 this year. The group meets at the Havre-Hill County Library Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. and all are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Megan or Rachel at 406-265-2123 and visit their Facebook page.

Bringing Coyote Stories to Life for Missoula Area Homeschoolers, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula, MT, $2,000. This one-day workshop in February 2024 provided by Xʷlxʷilt (Aspen and Cameron Decker) will consist of storytelling and an interactive art activity held at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Xʷlxʷilt will bring their new Indigenous art and cultural education program called “Coyote Stories in a Bubble” to the museum to share their unique perspective and cultural knowledge with our area’s homeschool network. Participants will immerse themselves in the world of Native American storytelling, coupled with the creation of pictographic art using glow-in-the-dark paint under black light. Students will learn Salish language and Plains Indian Sign Language that correspond to the stories they listen to and have the opportunity to explore storytelling, creativity, and teamwork in a dynamic and visually stunning environment. This program is designed for elementary and middle school students and is designed to support IEFA standards and initiatives.

Using Games & Hip Hop to Teach Montana Youth About Cultural Appreciation and Appropriation, Ingenium, Great Falls, MT. $2,000. Ingenium, a nonprofit organization working with Montana youth to raise awareness and interest in STEAM careers and community impact through video game design and entrepreneurship, has partnered with Power Schools in Teton County to host an assembly in March that will teach kids about the differences between cultural appreciation and appropriation through the lens of music and video games. The assembly will feature a performance by Christian Takes Gun Parrish a.k.a. Supaman, a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, dancer, and innovative hip-hop artist, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the artist about how his input shaped the design of characters and music in recently developed video games. The project aims to both entertain students and encourage them to think about how they can respectfully interact with different cultures in the world around them.

“Why Should I Care” Film Screening, Presentation, Panel and Audience Discussion, Hands On Global, Inc., Helena, MT, $1,395.00. Hands On Global’s film “Why Should I Care” about the issue of unhoused people in Helena, features a compilation of interviews with unhoused members of the community, representatives of nonprofits serving them and local government, and concerned members of the public. It offers a comprehensive and informative view of this complex issue. The film screening will take place on March 7, 2024, at St Paul’s Methodist Church in Helena, Montana, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and will include a facilitated panel discussion with representatives from the city, health care, faith, community service, and unhoused communities. The project aims to provide new information that encourages the Helena community to make informed decisions based on facts and a broader perspective of this issue.

Saakwaynaamah’kaa — Mural Painting Demonstration & Artist Talk with Blackfeet Artist Terran Last Gun, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT, $1,910.80. Coinciding with a new exhibition open to the public from April through June 2024, the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, features an on-site mural demonstration and artist talk by Blackfeet artist Terran Last Gun, Sah’kwiinaamah’kaa. The project teaches and helps preserve the cultural significance of historic and contemporary indigenous art and traditions.

Alpine Artisans 2 Valleys Stage Supaman Workshops, Alpine Artisans, Inc., Seeley Lake, MT, $1,600. This project is part of an ongoing series sponsored by Alpine Artisans 2 Valleys Stage. They produce five in-school cultural events per year featuring presenters who provide educational and enriching experiences at four local schools in the Seeley-Swan area. Guest performers offer students in rural communities hands-on, creative activities through workshops, lessons, and discussions.

Montana Writers Rodeo, Montana Playwrights Network, Helena, MT, $2,000. The Montana Writers Rodeo, hosted by the Montana Playwrights Network, is a civic engagement-minded conference for writers: fiction/non-fiction, playwrights, and screenwriters from across the state. The conference focuses on the education and development of writers, by professionals, in a relaxed, communal space. This year’s theme is “Montana Inspires Story” and will be held at the Helena Avenue Theatre on April 19-20, 2024. Montana authors Russell Rowland, Debbie Burke, Leah Joki, and several others will join participants to share their expertise through storytelling, workshops, exercises, panel discussions, and author readings. The Montana Writers Rodeo will encourage discussions about writing and challenge attendees to consider deeply their own human nature, and how this nature expresses itself through character, plot, and genre.

The Journey of York: Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Jefferson River Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Pony, MT, $2,000. The Jefferson River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is bringing Hasan Davis, a York subject matter expert, to Montana this summer as part of the annual speaker’s series at the Missouri Headwaters and Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. Mr. Davis will offer a theatrical presentation titled “The Journey of York: Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” plus a discussion including a question-and-answer session. The program will bring awareness and appreciation of the story of York (William Clark’s slave) and his contributions to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Man in the Arena, Mission Valley Live, Polson, MT, $2,000. Mission Valley Live, a community performing arts organization in Polson, will host The Man in the Arena, A Celebration of Theodore Roosevelt at North Lake County Public Library, the Ronan Library District, and high school and middle school history classes in Ronan and Polson in March 2024. Derek Evans, a member of the Chicago History Museum and board member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s Chicago chapter, will portray President Theodore Roosevelt to educate local students and adults about the 26th President of the United States’ character and his profound and lasting vision for America and what it means to be both an American and a citizen of the world.

Cultural Resurgence: Reviving Traditions, Restoring Lands Presentation, The Roxy Theater – International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, MT, $2,000. This project will feature two short films, Rebirth of the Range and The Return of Nóouhàh-Toka’na (Swift Fox), and a panel discussion during the 2024 International Wildlife Film Festival hosted by The Roxy Theater in Missoula. The films highlight restoring two specific animals to indigenous lands in Montana and the return of federal land to tribal jurisdiction. The primary goals of this project are to raise awareness, educate, and facilitate positive discussion and include indigenous perspectives in local wildlife management.

In Conversation: Translation and Identity, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT, $2,000. This translation project and free public lecture will feature thoughtful, engaging dialogue surrounding Crow language and culture. Grant funds will be used to support Tim McCleary, the lead project translator, and an instructor at Little Big Horn College, on the nearby Crow Reservation, along with Vance Crooked Arm and Levi Yellowmule with their translations of the text for Will Wilson exhibition’s object and tombstone labels into Crow. Providing additional labels for the exhibit in Crow will allow for deeper outreach and increased accessibility to the artwork for museum visitors. A public discussion at the Yellowstone Art Museum on May 16, 2024, will engage audiences with Crow culture as well. The Will Wilson exhibition in particular explores traditional representations of Native peoples and then addresses misconceptions in his modern photographs.

BAM presents a Lee Silliman lecture at the MOR on the History of Montana’s Glacier National Park, Bozeman Art Museum, Bozeman, MT, $1,932. The Bozeman Art Museum project consists of a free public lecture on June 5, 2024, at the Hagar Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana by Lee Silliman entitled “The History of Glacier National Park”. The lecture expands the depth of the “Glacier Revisited” exhibit (opening April 19) exploring the history from the Native American beginnings to the founding of the park by Congress in 1910. The talk begins by discussing how Blackfeet, Kootenai, and other tribes utilized the natural resources of the park for millennia and then introduces important individuals in the establishment of the park, such as George Bird Grinnell, James Wilard Schultz, and Louis Warren Hill.

The University of Montana Western (UMW) Polynesian Club Spring 2024 spring programs, The University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT, $2,000. The UMW Polynesian Culture Club is a student organization which develops educational presentations of story, song, and dance heritage.  With funding support from Humanities Montana, the club will reach audiences beyond Dillon, bringing the Spring 2024 program to a cultural festival in Missoula and to Plains, Montana Schools. This project will share Polynesian culture and heritage by promoting respect, understanding accurate information, and instilling participants’ and audiences’ desire to learn about one’s own heritages.

Plains Indian Camp, The Montana Living History Program, Helena, MT, $1,950. The Montana Living History Program promotes the preservation of frontier history. Plains Indian Camp, as part of Helena’s Living History Day in September 2024, will re-create a historically accurate Plains Indian Camp that the public may tour, investigate and experience, and include an informative lecture about primitive Native life. The project will depict 1800’s Native American life through hands-on display and expert narration. This project seeks to increase awareness, interest, and appreciation of Montana history through educational experiences that foster understanding about our multi-cultural past and future.

2024 Dillon Community Story Stroll, Dillon Public Library, Dillon, MT, $7,300. This project is a collaboration between the Dillon Public Library, Dillon School District 10, and the University of Montana Western to create a community story stroll that is written by eighth and first-grade classes, produced by the college, and distributed by the library. The 2024 Story Stroll will be based on three mentor texts: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, “What If You Had…”, and “Choose your own Story.” The story debuts at the Night of Excellence at the elementary school, where family and community members can participate and stroll through the storyboards. The story will then be displayed at the UM Western graduation for the family members of the college students to enjoy. Following the college, the story will be placed throughout the local community parks, trails, and stores for community members to continue to enjoy the story throughout the summer and again returning to the college for orientation weekend.

The Centering Indigenous Knowledge Webinar Series, Montana Campus Compact – University of Montana, Missoula, MT, $7,666. This initiative facilitated through Montana Campus Compact, involves a comprehensive four-part webinar series highlighting indigenous scholars’ contributions. The series, Centering Indigenous Knowledge, will take place in March 2024 and is open to both Montanans and individuals interested in participating. The central theme, ‘Indigenous People and Place,’ will bring together contemporary scholars and campus practitioners to explore knowledge related to individuals and locations. Presenters for this series include  Dakota Lajeunesse, Dr. Anita Moore-Nall, Aspen Decker, Mikalen Running Fisher, Jaylee Azure, Jeanette Gardipe, and Alfred Woodcock. Each presenter will delve into a specific professional topic, contributing valuable insights to the public understanding of Montana’s Indigenous peoples, cultures, and ways of life.

Bringing the World to Eastern Montana and Eastern Montana to the World, World Affairs Council of Montana, Missoula, MT, $5,000. The Montana World Affairs Council (MWAC) will expand its Distinguished Speaker Programs in eastern Montana to engage citizens in civil discourse on key international dynamics through a new program and partnership with MSU Billings. “Bringing the World to Eastern Montana and Eastern Montana to the World” will bring a range of internationally renowned experts, from Montana and beyond, to discussions about global dynamics that impact our communities, state, and nation. MWAC’s partnership with MSU Billings’ Office of International Studies, in their Yellowstone Consortium for International Studies and Foreign Languages, a multi-year Title VI UISFL (Department of Education) grant will support programming in Billings, and at Little Big Horn College, Miles Community College, and Dawson Community College.

2024 Awardees will be listed here.

2024 Awardees will be listed here.

2024 Awardees will be listed here.