2017 Women's Voices - North Dakota Community Foundation: Dickinson Area Community Foundation - $1,500 To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Women's History Month, nine educational programs will be offered with the theme of "Social Justice Women Taking a Stand for Equity and Equality."
Dickinson CommUniveristy 2017 - Dickinson State University - $2,000 The goal of CommUniversity is to promote life-long learning by providing seven mini-courses of interest to the general public.
No Back Seat Driver - Cass County Historical Society - $10,000 This historic play addresses the formation of the North Dakota Nonpartisan League through the eyes of William "Wild Bill" Langer and lends itself to further conversation regarding the historical impact of these events.
48th Annual UND Writers Conference - University of North Dakota - $10,000 This annual conference creates an opportunity for attendees to experience a rigorous exploration of the literary arts, as well as provide a forum for a local and regional conversation about literature as tied to our everyday lives.
Picturing a North Dakota Food Lexicon - Dakota College at Bottineau - $6,262 This series of guided community conversations about food intends to bridge the divide between large and small farmers, culminating in a photographic lexicon of North Dakota Food.
Justice as Purpose and Passion - Sacred Pipe Resource Center - $10,000 This project will engage American Indian youth and parents in specific forums led by Native Americans and other minority males to discuss the issue of justice systems (traditional and contemporary), finding purpose and passion, and community healing.
Dinka Service - First Sudanese Lutheran Church - $10,000 This project serves to bridge the cultural gap between the South Sudanese immigrants and American-born citizens around the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Museum Orientation Film - National Buffalo Museum - $10,000 This film tells the story of the American bison, past and present and serves as an introductory experience for visitors of the National Buffalo Museum.
Dakota Datebook - Prairie Public Broadcasting - $10,000 A daily look into the history of North Dakota.
Journeys Through Justice - Spirit Room - $8,200 This series of long-form radio interviews will focus on how various branches of the criminal justice system are faring in rehabilitating substance abusers and reducing recidivism.
The American Studies Colloquium at NDSU - North Dakota State University - $2,356 Over the course of the academic year, this six-part speaker series will foster dialogue between academics at NDSU, between North dakota scholars and the national scholarly community, and the public of North Dakota.
Sharing Our Journey - Native American Training Institute - $9,349.04 This project's intention is to capture the experience of the Water Protection initiative by collecting a variety of stories, experiences, and impressions of those at the campsite.
Prairie Visions Then and Now - Spirit Room - $5795.22 A series of readings, photography exhibitions, lectures, and writing workshops
AWARDED APRIL 2016
Truman Talks Tennessee - Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre - $1,500.00 Performance by professional actor Joe Vig, depicting a fictional interview between Truman Capote and Pulitzer Prize winner, Tennessee Williams.
Prairie Talks - Prairie Village Museum - $1, 229.00 Prairie Talks is a speaker series that connects people and ideas. To mark the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize, Prairie Talks proposes an event that will feature a discussion with journalist Mark Trahant and editor Mike Jacobs to be moderated by news director Tom Gerhardt.
Kim Komenich Presents Revolution Revisited, the Power of Photojournalism - Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County - $7,000.00 Talk from Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich.
NDNA Convention Pulitzer Edition - NDNA Education Foundation - $10,000.00 Public presentations by three Pulitzer winners.
Sakakawea - Prairie Public Broadcasting - $10,000.00 Documentary showcasing the life of Sakakawea.
'Cabaret' Lectures - Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park - $900.00 Humanities-based lectures/discussions on the musical "Cabaret."
ND Natural Disasters on the National Stage - ND State University - $5, 081.00 Display of six double-sided exhibit panels highlighting North Dakota's three Pulitzer Prizes in journalism.
How We Survive: Community Conversations - Prevent Child Abuse ND - $10,000.00 Multi-media discussion series presented by humanities scholars and author-survivors of childhood abuse.
Theodore Roosevelt: Candidate in the Arena - Dickinson State University - $9, 750.00 Theodore Roosevelt public humanities symposium regarding the theme of elections.
Native Americans in Contemporary Literature & Journalism - Dunn County Writers - $6,750.00 Two-day program offering a chance to engage and learn from Pulitzer Prize-Nominated journalist Mark Trahant and other leaders in Native American literature, new media, and cultural arts.
Kaleidoscope-Russian Culture - The Learning Bank - $3, 362.51 Art presentations for students regarding Ukrainian and Russian culture.
"Salam Neighbor" Viewing at World Refugee Day - Global Friends Coalition - $525.00 Free viewing of "Salam Neighbor" film: Look inside of a refugee camp during present and ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
The Revenant: Indigenous Voices in a Hollywood Film - Insitute for Regional Studies College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science - $1,494.00 Loren Yellow Bird, indigenous film consultant, will speak and interact with public at two venues regarding his career and direct work onThe Revenant.
AWARDED JANUARY 2016
The Flick - Empire Arts Center - $3,000.00 Live performance of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning production.
Western Wordsmithing - Dunn County Writes - $2920.oo Generative workshop with Pulitzer-nominated author and writing instructor Craig Lesley.
Craig Lesley Reads the Rural American West - Dunn County Writers - $2920.00 Visiting Writers Series with Craig Lesley, award-winning author, whose Pulitzer Prize-nominated work finds its bedrock in America’s rural west, from North Dakota to Eastern Oregon.
Storytelling with Travis Gerjets and Friends - Geographical Center Historical Society - $322.57 Local storytellers will share tales of “The Good-Old, Bad-Old Days,” dabble in some storytelling themselves, and learn about the value and art of storytelling from Minot Story Hour co-founder Travis Gerjets.
AWARDED DECEMBER 2015
A Pen For All Seasons - Dunn County Writers - $764.50
The History of the Press and Women Politicians, 1870-2000 - Friends of the Bismarck Public Library - $275
AWARDED OCTOBER 2015
Dickinson CommUniversity 2016 - Dickinson State University - $2,000 A series of humanities courses for the community.
Poets in Schools - Solen High School - $1,595 A classroom workshop and community poetry reading featuring Native American poet Tanaya Winder.
North Dakota is Everywhere - North Dakota Quarterly - $350 A poetry reading featuring North Dakota poets.
An Evening with Debra Marquart - Ellandale Arts Council - $300 A community reading by ND author Debra Marquart.
Lakota Language Handbook Projects - Lakota Language Consortium - $3,500 Support for a comprehensive Grammar of the Lakota language for distribution to Native learners.
Metis Interpretive Exhibit - Northeastern ND Heritage Association - $3,500 A year long celebration of and exploration into the Metis culture and history.
The Quixote Café Series - Spirit Room - $5,184 An exploration of the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, featuring a year long roster of events.
First Folio - Capitol Shakespeare - $3,750 Activities that help modern audiences understand and appreciate the work of William Shakespeare.
Fracture - Dickinson State University - $10,000 Community readings from the new Fracture anthology.
Dakota Datebook - Prairie Public Broadcasting - $10,000 A daily look into the history of North Dakota.
47th Annual UND Writers Conference - University of North Dakota - $10,000 The UND Writers Conference bring together writers and readers from across the nation.
AWARDED JULY 2015
2015 Pulitzer Prize Historian - Friends of the Bismarck Public Library - $500 Elizabeth Fenn, 2015, Pulitzer Prize winner presents on her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People.
Zeeland Hall: A Place of Community - Center for Heritage Renewal - $475 A public humanities forum will discuss documenting the history and design of the Zeeland Community Hall, preparatory to its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Children's Renaissance Faire - Capitol Shakespeare Society - $500 An afternoon of fun and immersion into the work of William Shakespeare for children.
Women's Equality Day - ND Women's Network - $280 A commemoration marking the 95th anniversary of the day that the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote.
Writing on the Western Edge with Pam Houston - Dunn County Writers - $1,760 Pam Houston will host a generative writing workshop featuring guidance, critique, and writing exercises. A highly regarded author, speaker, and teacher, Houston is the director of the Creative Writing Department at U.C. Davis.
Pam Houston Reads the American West - Dunn County Writers - $2,894 A public reading by award-winning author Pam Houston.
Understanding Settler Colonialism in North Dakota - NDSU - $2,370 This projectencourages the people of North Dakota to examine our history of settler colonialism and understand its impact on the Native and non-Native people in North Dakota today.
Rising Voices Documentary Film Screening - The Language Conservancy - $3,000 Rising Voices is the story of an emerging generation that embraces the Lakota language revival among the tribes of North and South Dakota. For this generation, the Lakota language, the traditional vehicle of the past, has been re-purposed as a progressive vehicle for change in the modern world.
History Alive - The Learning Bank - $3,000 The Learning Bank, an organization formed by three separate school districts in the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area, will be hosting a "History Alive," program featuring local artist, Steve Stark as "Mr. History." The program will be provided in 12 elementary schools as a "living history" presentation. Stark combines art with social studies as he draws caricatures, engaging the students in an interactive discussion.
AWARDED APRIL 2015
American Dream Exhibit - Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County - $499 American Dreams: Immigrants Carved Out Their Place on North Dakota's Plainsis an exhibit interpreting the Father Sherman Collection, which is part of the Germans From Russia Heritage Collection at NDSU.
How We Survive: ND Conversations - Prevent Child Abuse ND - $5,716 As struggle is a universal phenomenon, PCAND proposes a multi-media discussion series, "How We Survive: North Dakota Conversations." Presented by humanities scholars and author-survivors of childhood abuse, "How We Survive" engages multiple disciplines to consider one of life's most pressing questions: how do we survive the struggles we face, as individuals, families, and cultures? At each event location, activities will include a writing workshop as well as an engaged community conversation.
Theodore Roosevelt and the Law - Dickinson State University - $9,712 This symposium will explore Roosevelt's relationship with the law in the following areas: 1. vigilantism, grazing associations, the arrest of malefactors in Dakota Territory, and the organization of county government in today's North Dakota; 2. reforming and modernizing the Police Commission of New York City; 3. Roosevelt and the US Constitution; 4. Roosevelt's personal lawsuits (the 1912 liquor suit in Michigan and the 1914 libel suit Barnes vs Roosevelt); 5. Roosevelt and immigration law; and 6. Roosevelt and the Brownsville incident.
Prairie Talks - Spring Talks - $8,669 Prairie Talks is a speaker series started to connect common sense people in north-central North Dakota with common sense people from around the world. Through it, people have the opportunity to hear from and talk with people who have had remarkable experiences. Adults and kids alike will appreciate the stories, energy, and passion of the speakers.
'Fargo' and the Midwest Psyche - Prairie Public Broadcasting - $8,600 Independent producers Todd Melby and Diane Richard will create a one-hour radio program tentatively titled "We Don't Talk Like That: 'Fargo' and the Midwest Psyche". The documentary will explore the celebrated (and maligned) accent, but also more serious themes, including: North Dakota women on the frontlines of law enforcement, the mythology of the Heartland in American cinema, the stereotype of Midwestern stoicism, the notion of violent crime imported by "outsiders," the depiction of snow and ice as a purifying yet oppressive force, and the flexible appellation of "True Story" on a work of pure fiction. The project will also include a live even at the Fargo Theatre, featuring the documentary producers, actors in the film and excerpts from the production.
Share-a-Story Festival - Altrusa International of Fargo - $2,032.40 Share-a-Story is an annual community event celebrating storytelling through a holistic approach of music, dance, reading, art, physical activities, and performances.
Dakota Discussions - The Great Depression - Grand Forks Public Library - $1,226 The Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting the ALA Dust Bowl exhibit and the State Historical Society of North Dakota Great Depression exhibit in the fall of 2015, along with accompanying public programming.
Human Rights TALK 2015 - State Historical Society of North Dakota - $500 Human Rights Talk 2015 provides a public conference for education and discussion about current human rights issues affecting North Dakota.
New York Kammermusiker - $500 New York Kammermusiker presents the annual North Dakota Music Festival focused on Teddy Roosevelt. Performances and discussion will center around Teddy's experience in ND as well as the tradition of homesteading. NYK's speakers and historians will detail examples of the connections between the music being played and the moments in history it references, giving music a cultural and historical context.
Maddock Opera House Association - New York Kammermusiker - $500 New York Kammermusiker presents the annual North Dakota Music Festival focused on Teddy Roosevelt. Performances and discussion will center around Teddy's experience in ND as well as the tradition of homesteading. NYK's speakers and historians will detail examples of the connections between the music being played and the moments in history it references, giving music a cultural and historical context.
QUIXOTE CAFÉ: A CELEBRATION OF CERVANTES’ NOVEL DON QUIXOTE - Spirit Room - $500 Wildly acknowledged as the first modern novel, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote features two of the most famous characters ever created: Don Quixote de la Mancha, a tall, bewildered, and half-crazy knight, and Sancho Panza, his incorrigibly loyal squire. Dr. Carlos Hawley, professor of Modern Languages at NDSU, shares that Quixote Café will be “a public event open to everyone in the community to celebrate Cervantes through the exploits and adventures of Don Quixote and his sidekick, Sancho Panza.”
Illustrated History - Geographical Center Historical Society - $453 History unfolds before the audience’s eyes as Stark illustrates the history of the fur trade in North Dakota on 30-foot rolls of paper.
AWARDED JANUARY 2015
Dakota Discussions - In America: A search for Truth, A Question of Pride, An Issue of Justice - Powers Lake Civic Club - $2,000 Participants will be reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Set in three diverse settings, both historically and geographically, these books explore how communities deal with difficult truths and try to resolve conflict. Dr. Rebecca Chalmers of The University of Mary in Bismarck will be facilitating all book discussions.
Prairie Talks - Spring Talks - $2,981.50 Prairie Talks is a speaker series started to connect common sense people in north-central North Dakota with common sense people from around the world. Through it, people have the opportunity to hear from and talk with people who have had remarkable experiences. Adults and kids alike will appreciate the stories, energy, and passion of the speakers.
Bakken Boom Community Conversations - Plains Art Museum - $3,000 This educational program series, entitled "Community Conversations," accompanies the exhibition, Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush at Plains Art Museum, January 29 through August 15, 2015. The programs with humanities scholars and artists aim to help the public learn about, reflect on, and discuss the issues surrounding the recent rapid development and impact of fracking and oil extraction in North Dakota. Participants will be able to learn from the art work, the artists, and humanities scholars and share their stories and perspectives.
AWARDED OCTOBER 2014
46th Annual UND Writers Conference - University of North Dakota - $10,000 For the past forty-six years, lovers of literature from all over North Dakota, as well as beyond our borders descend on the campus to listen to panel discussions, readings, and ask their questions of nationally and internationally prominent authors. This years theme, "The Other Half," will feature only women authors and artists for the first time since 1973. Invited authors include Bonnie Jo Campbell, Carol Muske-Dukes, Alexandra Grant, Tara Betts, Roxane Gay.
Native American Winter Story Telling Event - Fargo-Moorhead Native American Center - $3,043.00 The Native American Center of Fargo will host three Native American story tellers from Turtle Mountain, Fort Berthold, and Standing Rock Indian Reservations. These story tellers will provide stories of the Ojibwe, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Dakota/Lakota tribal groups.
French-Canadian Heritage in ND - University of North Dakota - $9,061 This project will gather information on French-Canadian heritage through an interactive approach with community members from five North Dakota communities including Wild Rice, Oakwood, Olga, Rolette, and Belcourt. Findings will presented to North Dakotans and other interested parties through public meetings, social media, web site, publications and preservation for posterity in the state archives and in the Special Collections of the Chester Fritz Library at UND.
Prairie Public Broadcasting - Dakota Datebook - $10,000 Dakota Datebook is a piece of humanities insight delivered four times a day, on radio, to the listeners of Prairie Public, in the form of a story. The stories cover a wide variety of topics having to do with North Dakota and things that have happened here, tied in a specific way or general way to the date.
Dickinson CommUniversity 2015 - Dickinson State University - $2,000.00 For three decades the Dickinson Area CommUniversity has presented mini-courses of interest to the local adult public. In February 2015, they will continue this tradition by offering six mini-courses featuring topics on connecting to local history through archives and investigating famous criminals by looking at myths vs. reality and public fascination of these people.
History Alive - The Learning Bank - $2,400.00 The Learning Bank, an organization formed by three separate school districts in the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area, will be hosting a "History Alive," program featuring local artist, Steve Stark as "Mr. History." The program will be provided in 12 elementary schools as a "living history" presentation. Stark combines art with social studies as he draws caricatures, engaging the students in an interactive discussion.
Dakota Discussions: An Exploration of Changes in "Dakota" Since the Oil Boom - University of Jamestown - $1,244.00 This book series will include presentations and discussions about the sense of place described so vividly by Kathleen Norris in her Book Dakota: A Spiritual Geography twenty years ago. The focus will be on what has remained the same following the oil boom in the area; what has been the impact, and has that changed the meaning of "Dakota" to its long-time residents?
AWARDED JUNE 2014
NDSU Native American Heritage Month 2014 Event - North Dakota State University- $3,000.00 During the month of November, which is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, North Dakota State University will host speaker Commander John Herrington, a member of the Chicksaw Nation, who flew on the space shuttle in 2002. This event aims to showcase a positive role model and recognize Native American achievement. Luminous Moment, Luminous Word: A Creative Writing and Mindfulness Retreat – Spirit Room - $2,275.00 The Spirit Room will welcome writers to their first annual summer creative writing retreat with guest reader Deb Marquart. The participants will partake in workshops, walks, and readings in an effort to develop their creativity and skills. Northern Lights Film Series – Minot State University - $3,000.00 Minot State University has compiled films to showcase different countries and cultures for the university as well as the community. The films range from topics such as the Middle East and Africa, Academy Award Nominees, and other titles relating to children’s and young people’s issues.
Democracy Café – Minot State University - $3,000.00 This event is an open forum discussion, held every three weeks, with the intention of discussing local, state, and national issues and events and is open to community members.
Native American Bird Habitat - Jefferson Elementary School - $4,665.00 The Native American Bird Habitat project encourages students to make connections between their environment and Native American culture through actively studying and researching indigenous bird and plant species. Grades 3-5 will participate in a variety of projects including building environmentally-friendly bird feeders, planting seeds, and gaining an understanding of tribal culture.
Stories of Hometown Veterans - Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation - $5,400.00 This project will produce a documentary film intended to collect and document the stories of local veterans in order for them to secure jobs, archive family history, and make their stories accessible to the public.
Man Camp Dialogues - North Dakota State University - $7,363.00 The Man Camp Dialogues will be presented by professors from North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, aiming to create community discussion regarding the history, archaeology, and sociology of temporary labor housing. The presentation will be held in Crosby, Dickinson, Tioga, and Watford City, where the scholars will present their research as well as engage in conversation with the audience.
"A Tribe Called Urban" Speaker Series - Sacred Pipe Resource Center - $9,000.00 Project GUIDE (Gathering Urban Indian Data and Experiences) will conduct a survey directed toward the American Indian population in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The speaker series hopes to encourage a sense of identity and community for the American Indian population as well as spur open discussions.
Theodore Roosevelt and World War I - Dickinson State University - $9,500.00 As a tribute to the centennial of World War I, Dickinson State University will host a public symposium surrounding the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt and his involvement in the war.
Bridging Between South Sudan and North Dakota - First Sudanese Lutheran Church - $9,850.00 This project aims to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps between Sudanese adults and children through the process of writing letters. Sudanese adult immigrants with the ability will write letters to a younger Sudanese population in their native language and, in turn, the children will respond in English, creating educational opportunities and inviting communication within families.
Native American Stories of Resilience - North Dakota Community Foundation - $10,000.00 The Native American Stories of Resilience project will create a radio series that shares the hopes, successes, and dreams of fifty individual Native Americans who live in the Bismarck-Mandan community.
Place + Memory: North Dakota Rail Towns - Prairie Public Broadcasting - $9,975.00 Prairie Public Broadcasting is teaming up with the Place and Memory Project to revisit rural and urban communities along the North Dakota railroad in an effort to collect the memories of current and former residents for a public radio broadcast. The project will begin at either the Bismarck or Fargo depot and traverse through Knox, Manfred, and Appam, ND.
Lakota History and Killdeer Mountain Symposium - Sitting Bull College - $10,000.00 Native and non-Native historians will be brought together at the second annual Teton Lakota History and Killdeer Mountain Symposium, devoted to the history and culture of the Lakota and Dakota people as well as the Battle of Killdeer Mountain.
AWARDED MAY 2014
Little Free Libraries - Friends of the Bismarck Public Library - $500 The Friends of the Library has purchased 10 Little Free Libraries to be placed throughout Bismarck to give access to free books in the communities. The libraries will be stocked with a mix of genres, including children's literature in every location to encourage youth participation.
BSC Summer Writers Workshops - Bismarck State College - $2,900 Bismarck State College is hosting a series of 6 writers workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different writing topic including poetry, fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction. Anyone age 18 and over is invited and encouraged to attend these free workshops.
AWARDED MARCH 2014
Prairie Talks - $2,712 Prairie Talks is a speaker series started to connect common sense people in north-central North DAkota with common sense people from around the world. Through it, people have the opportunity to hear from and talk with people who have had remarkable experiences. ThAdults and kids alike will appreciate the stories, energy, and passion of the speakers.
Illustrated History by Steve Stark - Prairie Village Museum - $375 The Prairie Village Museum will kick off its season with an illustrated presentation by cartoonist/actor/historian Steve Stark. Stark will appear in costume as Teddy Roosevelt and tell history stories while drawing them in charcoal on 30 foot paper rolls.
AWARDED JANUARY 2014
Transformation of Family - Powers Lake Civic Club - $2,000 The Powers Lake Civic Club is hosting a book discussion series focused on the quest of movement or travel where family struggles face almost insurmountable odds.
50 Years Later: Lessons from Vietnam - Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre - $750 2014 marks 50 years ago when the U.S. officially engaged in conflict in Vietnam. In an effort to engage the Grand Forks community about one of the longest wars in American history, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is mounting a spring exploration of the topic, including the screening of The Fog of War, followed by discussion with a UND professor.
Art & Ethics: A Conversation with Daniel Heyman - North Dakota Art Gallery Association - $2,416 Shortly after the disturbing photos and stories of torture at Abu Ghraib leaked into the media, printmaker Daniel Heyman was invited to Amman to sit in on interviews with the Iraqi detainees. Heyman then produced a profound series of documentary portraits of the imprisoned men. These simple portraits were surrounded by swirling narratives that recounted their torture and humiliation. In 2010, Heyman won a Guigenheim Fellowship for this provocative body of work. Heyman's work raises profound questions about art and ethics the responsibility of the artist, and the potential of art to address ideas of justice, torture, and human rights.
The Great Winter Crow Show - The Spirit Room - $2,398 The crow serves as a metaphor for the biannual "Great Winter Crow Show" held at The Spirit Room in Fargo. The program and performance for this year's event will celebrate the past five successful event, featuring storytelling, music and poetry.
Hua Yuexiu's Paper-Cuts: Sanbian Folk Customs - University of North Dakota - $1,500 Hua Yuexiu is a Chinese artist trained in the Sanbian paper-cutting practice, and was designated as the Inheritor of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Shaanxi providence in 2012. Sanbian paper cuts are known for their exquisite adn gentle style. Hua Yuexiu will visit UND and exhibit her artworks.
Warrior Words - Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre - $7,590 A cross-generation of veterans will be recruited to participate in a 6-8 week writing workshop in four cities in North Dakota; Dickinson, Minot, Bismarck, and Grand Forks. Together participants will learn to craft their stories into a monologue that will be presented to the public in the spring.
45th Annual UND Writers Conference - University of North Dakota - $10,000 More than 2000 lovers of literature from all over North Dakota, as well as beyond our borders descend on the campus to listen to panel discussions, readings, and ask their questions of nationally and internationally prominent authors. Themed, "Imagine: A Literary Festival on the Prairie," this year's conference will feature Robert Pinsky, Jessica Lott, Sarah Leavitt, Brian Maxwell, Colson Whitehead, Geoff Dyer.
Dakota Discussions - Cavalier County Library - Making Sense of the Civil War - $850 This book discussion series examines the war before, during and after using three books. Geraldine Brooks’ book March revisits Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women by taking up the story from when Mr. March, the father, goes off to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Edward Ayers’ book America’s War, explores all sides of the war with letters, speeches, and war correspondences from both sides of the war from the common soldier in the trenches and generals in the fields to the President of the United States. Lastly, native North Dakotan and nationally recognized historian, James McPherson focuses on the Battle of Antietam as the turning point of the war rather than Gettysburg.
Partnership Grant - North Dakota State University - Humanities Un-Conference - $30,000 Cosponsored by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University and the North Dakota Humanities Council, the Humanities Un-Conference seeks to build an infrastructure of ideas in North Dakota by connecting college and university professors with community leaders and staff members at educational and cultural organizations across the state. By bringing together a diverse group of thinkers we will release the potential for dynamic collaboration and foster innovation. Using a crowd-sourcing format, the Humanities Un-Conference will identify both the research expertise and interests of scholars and the resources and needs of educational and cultural organizations and communities.
Prairie Public Broadcasting - Black Gold Boom - $9,000 By telling the story of the boom in the voices of the people experiencing it, Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota, provides a sustained examination on the impact of oil on western North Dakota. The NDHC is currently providing funding for a public television documentary that will examine how Three Affiliated Tribes residents are affected by the trucks, drilling rigs and pumpjacks that have sprung up on their land.
The Language Conservancy - Rising Voices Documentary Film - $10,000 Rising Voices is the story of an emerging generation that embraces the Lakota language revival among the tribes of North and South Dakota. For this generation, the Lakota language, the traditional vehicle of the past, has been re-purposed as a progressive vehicle for change in the modern world.
Prairie Public Broadcasting - Dakota Datebook - $10,000 Dakota Datebook is a piece of humanities insight delivered four times a day, on radio, to the listeners of Prairie Public, in the form of a story. The stories cove a wide variety of topics having to do with North Dakota and things that have happened here.
Lakota Language Consortium - Audio Interface for the New Lakota Dictionary Online - $10,000 The New Lakota Dictionary - Online (NLDO) is one of the key elements of the Lakota language revitalization effort in North Dakota - providing easy access to more than 23,000 Lakota words and phrases. This project will create high-quality audio records to allow learners the ability to learn new words with correct pronunciations. The availability of the complete audio-enabled NLDO will invigorate the Lakota language and connect the Lakota people with the values, culture, history, and spirituality of their ancestors.
Fargo Public Schools - Judge Davies Phase II - $5,306 Now in its second phase, the Judge Davies project is developing a documentary film and school curriculum to education students and the general public about America's civil rights movement.
Minot State University - Great Plains Symposium - $6,390 A two-day exploration of the development of the Great Plains, this symposium will focus on the people of the region as its most remarkable asset. Featuring a keynote by author and humorist Ian Frazier, the symposium situates the story of a major educational institution and the people who made it into the larger story of the growing awareness of the Plains as a particular place and space.
Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University - Understanding and Perusing Values in Western North Dakota - $5,000 Community stakeholders in western North Dakota will have the opportunity to come together and discuss their values and how these values have been affected by the changes in social and economic landscapes caused by the boom. Once identified, these existing moral values will be incorporated into a practical decision making tool for citizens of western North Dakota to use for their social interactions and planning.
Revitalizing Our Soils and Watersheds - Our Social Ecosystem Film and Book Discussion Series - $2,000 North Dakotans are stewards of some of the richest and most productive farmlands on the planet. This series will explore how we can work together to meet today's challenges to our soil, mineral, and water resources.
North Dakota State University's Center for Heritage Renewal - Dakota War Book Discussions Series - $2,000 Discussions of a landmark new work on the Dakota War will be held in Ellendale and Fort Yates. Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864 by historian Paul N. Beck will be featured.
Bismarck State College - Visiting Writers Series - $2,000 The Bismarck State College Visiting Writers Series seeks published authors to bring to the community for readings, discussions, and book-signing events open to the public.
University of North Dakota's Native Media Center - A Native Scholar Documentary Project - $3,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students have a dropout rate twice the national average; the highest dropout rate of any United States ethnic or racial group. To help combat this epidemic, the Native Media Center will create a documentary film illuminating the many issues that Native American students struggle with during their college experience.
North Dakota Women's Network - Women's Equality Day Celebration - $325 This August marks the 93rd anniversary of the day the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. This event celebrates the progress achieved by active citizens over the past nine decades, but it also looks ahead to what still needs to be done to make democracy work for all Americans.
International Documentary Association - My Country, No More Documentary Film - $10,000 Filmed over two years, My Country, No More is a poetic feature-length documentary that explores the dreams and nightmares of a Western North Dakota farming community struggling to maintain its way of life amid the recent oil boom.
Turtle Mountain Community College - Native American Language Educators Summit - $5,000 The Native American Language Educators Summit will develop an action plan that aligns student and teacher training opportunities in order to celebrate and develop students who learn, speak, and enjoy their heritage language, which will result in an increase of the number of fluent speakers and listeners in Ojibwe and Mitchif.
Dakom Communications - The War for the Plains Documentary Film - $10,000 The War for the Plains will document the battle for control of the Plains beginning in 1862 with the so called "Minnesota Uprising." The story follows Inkpaduta, a Dakota Warrior from Minnesota, to the Battle of White Stone Hill in 1863; to the Battle of the Killdeer Mountains in 1864; the taking of the Black Hills; the breaking of the treaties and on to the Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee.
Plains Art Museum - George Morrison: Art, Life & Legacy Symposium - $10,000 George Morrison (1919-2000) was one of the most successful Native American artists of the 20th century. He forged an abstract style in painting and sculpture, while expressing Native American beliefs and sensibilities, thereby bridging mainstream and Native American art, societies, and culture.
Theodore Roosevelt Center at DSU - Theodore Roosevelt Symposium - $9,840 The purpose of this year's TR Symposium is to explore the broad theme of Theodore Roosevelt and American Culture.
Dickinson State University - Albers Humanities Festival - $500 This year's Albers Humanities Festival explores the topic of Outlaw Identity. Through a variety of cross-disciplinary programming, the festival will explore the social and cultural consequences of outlaw behavior, as well as the ongoing attraction to and ultimate rejection of criminality in popular culture.
Geographical Center Historical Society - Illustrated History by Steve Stark - $499 Like a storybook unfolding before the audience's eyes, Stark illustrates his stories on 30-foot rolls of paper. Stark will present "Lincoln's Legacy in North Dakota."
Velva Public - Library Time to Discuss - $443 The Velva School and Public library invites community members to read and discuss "March" by Geraldine Brooks.
Prairie Talks - $3,000 Prairie Talks is a speaker series started to connect common sense people in north-central North DAkota with common sense people from around the world. Through it, people have the opportunity to hear from and talk with people who have had remarkable experiences. Adults and kids alike will appreciate the stories, energy, and passion of the speakers.
Bismarck State College - Visiting Writers Series - $500 The Bismarck State College Visiting Writers Series seeks published authors to bring to the community for readings, discussions, and book-signing events open to the public.
Grand Forks Public Library - Abraham Lincoln Book Discussion Series - $2,000 The Grand Forks Public Library will host a book discussion series exploring the fracturing of our nation juxtaposed upon the Lincoln family: Mary's family were slaveholders, Abraham's family did not own slaves.
Dakota Heritage Institute - Story Mapping North Dakota - $2,750 Story Mapping North Dakota engages youth in capturing stories of their heritage in short, documentary-type iMovies, using smart phone or iPod.
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