South Dakota Humanities Council Awards $34K in Grants

Students participate in a "South Dakota History Adventures" trip in Pierre. A 2019 "South Dakota History Adventures" trip was one of nine grant projects funded at the South Dakota Humanities Council's November 2018 board meeting. 

Nine Organizations Funded for Discussion, Research Projects

The South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded more than $33,000 in major grant funding to organizations around the state.

Major grant programs must involve humanities professionals and include the humanities as a central focus. The South Dakota Humanities Council is a statewide non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide humanities programming for South Dakotans.

The board of directors approved nine major grants at its most recent board meeting, held in Brookings in November.

With the fall grant cycle completed, SDHC is now accepting major grant applications for programs after May 1. Board members will confer this spring to consider those major grant (more than $1,000) applications, which are due Feb. 28. Applications for mini grants (under $1,000) are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

The following organizations were funded for their programs occurring after Dec. 1, 2018:

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation: Encounters on the Prairie Chapter  

The Pierre Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation: Encounters on the Prairie organization was granted $1,000 for "South Dakota History Adventures: Be an Explorer," a day of exploration and learning for students in grades 4-6 (pictured above). Students will go on an expedition of four field trips including one to La Framboise Island, the site of an important encounter between Lewis and Clark and the indigenous people of the Oceti Sakowin, amongst many others.

Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, Inc./Moody County Unit

Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, Inc./Moody County Unit in Flandreau received $2,755 for "Celebrating Cultures," a project to teach youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County about different cultures, from Native American to Philippine. They will learn about traditions, food, and what parts of their history still exist today, as well as the role of culture and diversity in today's society. Youth will host a culminating exhibit for the public at the end of the summer to share all they have learned and promote diversity within the community on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Boys & Girls Club of Moody County in Flandreau at 5 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Moody County received a 2018 South Dakota Humanities Council grant.

Washington Pavilion

Washington Pavilion Management Inc. in Sioux Falls received $1,500 for its 2018-2019 "Performance Insights" lecture series Jan. 29 through June 16, during which the Pavilion invites patrons to engage in conversation with a local scholar about the history and significance of the performances to be presented. This season's program -- hosted 45 minutes prior to each performance -- will be led by Dr. Clinton Desmond. The Performance Insights program is held in the Visual Arts Center's Jerstad Gallery and is free and open to all visitors and guests.

The Washington Pavilion hosts an event featuring Kara LaReau at the 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books. The Pavilion received a grant for its

The Washington Pavilion hosts an event featuring Kara LaReau at the 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books. The Pavilion received a grant for its "Performance Insights" program that provides analysis of presentations  held at the venue.

Black Hills Film Festival

Black Hills Film Festival, based out of Hill City, S.D., received $4,150 for a program "Tribes on the Edge Film & Discussion" to be held at Elks Theatre in Rapid City during the 2019 Black Hills Film Festival May 1-5. BHFF will screen the documentary film "Tribes on the Edge" by filmmaker Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau. Building on a family legacy of exploration and environmental filmmaking, Ms. Cousteau and her crew journey to the Brazilian Amazon at the request of the Valle do Javari tribal leaders in order to bear witness to the indigenous communities' fight for survival. A discussion will be held following the screening. The Black Hills Film Festival is based in Hill City. Visit https://www.blackhillsfilmfestival.org/ for more information.

The Black Hills Film Festival received a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council for its 2019 event.

The Black Hills Film Festival received a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council for its 2019 event, which will be held in Hill City, S.D. and other towns in the Black Hills. 

Center for American Indian Studies

The Center for American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University in Spearfish received $2,400 for "American Indian Women: Leaders Across Communities and Disciplines," a program held in conjunction with the Center for American Indian Studies American Indian Awareness Week April 9-12 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. The awareness week features a variety of American Indian speakers from a multitude of backgrounds. The 2019 American Indian Awareness Week will highlight American Indian women who hold leadership positions across numerous disciplines from the state and region.

The Center for American Indian Studies in Spearfish received an SDHC grant for a 2019 project.

The Center for American Indian Studies in Spearfish received an SDHC grant for a 2019 project.

American Indian Studies Program at SDSU

The American Indian Studies program at South Dakota State University in Brookings received $6,680 for "Mapping Lakota Narratives with Technology." The project integrates oral histories with digital maps and web applications, displayed on web pages, to accommodate public interest and for use in classrooms. The landscapes and both historical and contemporary space described in recorded WoLakota Project interviews from Lakota Elders are mapped and publicly disseminate the digital maps through the StoryMap web application built on an ArcGISTM online website. Students from the Oral History class (Spring 2019) will go into the field with Lakota Elders to identify the landscape describe in WoLakota Project interviews to more accurately map the locations.

The American Indian Studies program at South Dakota State University received a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council for a 2019 program.

The American Indian Studies program at South Dakota State University recently received a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council. 

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival 

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, a professional non-profit theatre company in Vermillion, received $7,000 in support of its initiative, "Shakespeare at Work: Stages of Change," a collaborative project designed to mindfully integrate Native perspectives into staging Shakespeare's work. The initiative engages key partners from Native communities, including Madeline Sayet (Mohegan), accomplished stage director and Shakespeare scholar, and Jesse Bien, Shakespeare educator at Flandreau Indian School.

The project combines two pieces of programming: 1) an apprenticeship program built on the established partnership between SDSF and the Flandreau Indian School, and 2) a polycultural production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," presenting opportunities for community engagement and outreach with Native communities in the region. The production will be held June 6-9 at Prentis Park Amphitheater in Vermillion.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is a 2018 SDHC grantee.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is a 2018 SDHC grantee.

Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Matthews Opera House and Arts Center in Spearfish was granted $7,000 to host Emily St. John Mandel for its Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series: Emily St. John Mandel. Mandel will participate as a BHSU Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker and also speak at Spearfish High School to the student body. Mandel's author visit is a keynote event of the Spearfish 2019 NEA Big Read featuring Mandel's bestselling novel "Station Eleven." For the public event, Mandel will speak Thursday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at BHSU's Meier Recital Hall, 1200 University Street, Spearfish. The event is free and open to the public.

BHSU in Spearfish received a grant to bring noted author Emily St. John Mandel to Spearfish.

 BHSU in Spearfish received a grant to bring noted author Emily St. John Mandel to Spearfish.

Community Action for Veterans in Sioux Falls

Community Action for Veterans in Sioux Falls received $1,000 for its discussion program "Living Library: Voices from the Military Culture." The program is designed to foster civic engagement between the public and individuals who have been personally affected by the military lifestyle. This special project is part of a broader outreach effort to develop a community of care for veteran and military families and is part of the Bridging the Gap Festival to be held Jan. 18 at the Central Church, 3102 W Ralph Rogers Rd in Sioux Falls at 6 p.m.

Community Action for Veterans in Sioux Falls received a $1,000 discussion grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Community Action for Veterans in Sioux Falls received a $1,000 discussion grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

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