OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) has awarded $80,000 to state agencies whose humanities programming might be in peril due to budget cuts. The awards went to four agencies: the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), the Native American Cultural and Education Authority, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the Oklahoma Historical Society.
OHC awarded the funds in an attempt to maintain high quality cultural education opportunities in a climate where state funds and private donations are down. OHC Chair Ed Barth stated, “These funds represent an increase in the general support grant that OHC received this fiscal year from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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. We appreciate the valuable partnerships we enjoy with other organizations as they carry out their own critical missions.”
OHC funding will be used to support a variety of programs:
OETA will use funds for broadcasting three program series, “The American Experience,” “Gallery,” and “History Detectives.” These programs educate viewers on history and cultural issues that shape our state and country.
The Native American Cultural and Education Authority will use its award to enhance educational outreach, including tribal stories which are gathered and shared with the public to promote a better understanding of ourselves and the history of our state.
The Oklahoma Arts Council will use OHC funds for “Teaching with Capitol Art,” a program that uses the murals and artwork of the State Capitol to tell the story of Oklahoma history. The program brings students from across the state to the Capitol for this meaningful educational experience.
The Oklahoma Historical Society will use the OHC award to further its efforts to bring the unique story of the steamboat Heroine to the public. The Heroine sank in the Red River in 1838 and information from its excavation will be made available through the historical society’s outreach program.
About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.