The Journal Record Beacon Awards: Oklahoma Humanities Council

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The Journal Record Beacon Awards: Oklahoma Humanities Council


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The Oklahoma Humanities Council's mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities, including the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy and art criticism. Over the last four decades, the council has accomplished its mission through statewide programming, such as reading and discussion programs, traveling museum exhibits, publications and programs for K- 12 teachers and students. The Oklahoma Humanities Council also grants funds to other nonprofits in the state to support local programming based in humanities disciplines.

In fiscal 2010, the council granted $187,663 for these initiatives, which included museum exhibits, film festivals, lectures, teacher institutes and many other programs. In addition to its normal annual giving, the Oklahoma Humanities Council gave $20,000 grants to four state agencies whose humanities programming were in at-risk due to budget cuts - the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), Oklahoma Historical Society, Native American Cultural and Educational Authority and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

"The Oklahoma Humanities Council awarded the funds in an attempt to maintain high-quality culture education opportunities in a climate where state funds and private donations were down," said Ann Thompson, the council's executive director.

The additional $80,000 granted represented an increase in the general support grant the Oklahoma Humanities Council received from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010.

"Rather than incorporate the increase into our general operating budget, the funds were made available to agencies that have a statewide audience and substantive programming," Thompson said. …

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