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CARES Act Emergency Operating Grants Awarded

The statewide South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded $42,000 to cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline was June 30 for the first funding round of the South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Grant, which provides unrestricted operating support, humanities program support, or both to qualifying organizations impacted by COVID-19. A total of $42,210 was awarded to five organizations in four counties. Numerous other applications are pending committee approval.

The SDHC may hold a second round of funding for the SDHC CARES Act Grant, which during its first round offered up to $10,000 per organization to maintain essential functions and retain core personnel.

COVID 19 Response for SDHC Events & Programs

The South Dakota Humanities Council believes that public health and safety are top priorities and, as such,  has outlined a policy for upcoming programs and events in light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 
 
 

Blog

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president in a landslide in 1932. Dust storms were on the rise; 14 were reported across the country, and the number would double in the following year. World War I veterans marched on Washington, D.C., demanding back pay and pensions to help survive the growing Depression. Continue Reading

  2. The statewide South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded $42,000 to cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading

  3. Melanie Benjamin was a struggling author when a chance encounter changed the direction of her writing career. Her first two novels of contemporary fiction weren’t selling, so to take her mind off her troubles, she visited a Chicago art museum that was hosting an exhibition of Lewis Carroll’s photography. Continue Reading

  4. The South Dakota Humanities Council is sponsoring a storytelling contest for veterans that will culminate with an awards ceremony at the South Dakota Festival of Books Oct. 2-4 in Brookings. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

17
Jul
12:00 pm | Historic Adams House lawn
23
Jul
10:00 am | VIRTUAL PROGRAM!!
23
Jul
2:00 pm | VIRTUAL PROGRAM!!
23
Jul
4:00 pm | VIRTUAL PROGRAM!!
23
Jul
7:00 pm | VIRTUAL PROGRAM!!
25
Jul
1:00 pm | High Plains Western Heritage Center
30
Jul
6:30 pm | Tripp County Library Grossenburg Memorial

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The goal should be that everybody gets a chance to read great books and participate in the richness that humanities brings us.
- Bill Gates (founder and Chairman, Microsoft)