2015 Awards

$273,014 in Major Grants Awarded by AHC board

The Arkansas Humanities Council board of directors met on November 7, 2014 and April 17, 2015 to consider major grant applications. They awarded a total of twenty-four grants. The approved projects represent a variety of humanities disciplines and formats. Projects, by grant category, are listed below:

Major Grants awarded in November 2014

Public Programs

Books in Bloom Literary Festival submitted by Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, Berryville. Project Director: Jean Elderwind. Grant Award: $5,570

The Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, submitted by Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Project Director: Michael Bowman. Grant Award: $3,542

Little Rock Writing Project submitted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Project Director: Heather Hummell. Grant Award: $15,500

Gallery Lecture Series submitted by the US Marshalls Museum, Fort Smith. Project Director: Leslie Higgins. Grant Award: $5,025

Production

Florence Price Documentary Film submitted by University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Project Director: James Greeson. Grant Award: $24,547.

Other Media

A Readers’ Map of Arkansas: Print Revival and Website submitted by the Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock. Project Director: Hope Coulter. Grant Award: $7,593

Building(s) History Digitizing Blueprints of Historic Buildings submitted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture. Project Director: Deborah Baldwin. Grant Award: $8,426.

Major Grants awarded in April 2015

Public Programs

Being Human: The Humanities in Non-Fiction Film submitted by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute. Project Director: Courtney Pledger. Grant Award: $15,113

Jacksonville Historical Marker Project submitted by the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, Jacksonville. Project Director: Mike Kish. Grant Award: $3,350.

Historical Markers Depicting the Battle of Jenkins Ferry submitted by the Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, Sheridan. Project Director: Roy Wilson. Grant Award: $7,800.

University of Central Arkansas Humanities Fair submitted by the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. Project Director: Nicholas Bransovan. Grant Award: $8,205.

The Uzuri Project Youth Institute submitted by People Helping Others Excel By Example, Hot Springs. Project Director: Cheryl Batts. Grant Award: $16,334.

The History and Culture of Quail in Arkansas submitted by Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Project Director: Cynthia Miller. Grant Award: $17,708.

30 Americans at the Arkansas Arts Center/Ekphrastic Poetry Slam submitted by the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Project Director: Louise Palermo. Grant Award: $6,512.

REAL Econ for All, Education Conference for Educators K-12 submitted by Economics Arkansas, Little Rock. Project Director: Sue Owens. Grant Award: $12,000.

Victim, Perpetrator, Bystander, Rescuer…Who Will You Be? Submitted by the Arkansas Holocaust Committee, Springdale. Project Director: Thelma Tarver. Grant Award: $9,261.

2015/16 Arts and Letters Broadcasts and Podcasts submitted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – KUAR/KLRE. Project Director: J. Bradley Minnick. Grant Award: $10,000.

Five Score and Ten: Commemorating 110 Years of the AHC and Arkansas Archives submitted by the Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock. Project Director: Lisa Speer. Grant Award: $22,205.

As Much as the Water: How Steamboats Shaped Arkansas submitted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture. Project Director: Deborah Baldwin. Grant Award: $13,877.

Celebrating the Museum of Discovery’s History in Arkansas: An Interactive Exhibit submitted by the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock. Project Director: Kevin Delaney. Grant Award: $25,000.

Exhibit Conversion of Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon submitted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture. Project Director: Deborah Baldwin. Grant Award: $22,000.

Pre-production

Camp Monticello: A Forgotten History submitted by Spiral Foundation, Pacific Palisades, CA. Project Director: Silvia Bizio. Grant Award: $5,000.

Publication

Behind the Barbed Wire: Japanese Youth in Arkansas submitted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock. Project Director: Rod Lorenzen. Grant Award: $3500.

African American Heritage

Salem Missionary Baptist Church Documentation and Preservation Project submitted by Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Oneida. Project Director: Helen Simpson. Grant Award: $4,946

Our next major grant deadline is September 15, 2015. For information about major grants, please review our guidelines at arkhums.org. If you have questions, please contact our staff at 501-320-5761.

AHC Board Awards $22,060 in Minigrants

The Arkansas Humanities Council awarded nineteen minigrants from November of 2014 through June of 2015. The minigrant application deadline is the first of every month except December. The following projects were approved:

“Celebrating the Museum of Discovery’s History: A Pictorial Timeline.” Sponsor: Museum of Discovery, Little Rock. Project Director: Kevin Delaney. Grant Award: $842.

Erasing Boundaries: Lawrence County at 200. Sponsor: Arkansas History Commission, Powhatan. Project Director: Lisa Perry. Grant Award: $1422.

African Americans, Arkansas, and the other Great Migration. Sponsor: South Arkansas Historical Foundation, El Dorado. Project Director: Patrick Hotard. Grant Award: $670.

Caddo Indian Cultural Traditions in the 21st Century. Sponsor: Arkansas Archeological Survey, Arkadelphia. Project Director: Mary Beth Trubitt. Grant Award: $1500.

A History of “Heroic Reading” in Arkansas Led by University of Oxford Scholar Lloyd Pratt. Sponsor: University of Central Arkansas, Conway. Project Director: Lori Leavell. Grant Award: $1,000.

Charley Sandage Teacher Workshop and Concert. Sponsor: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock. Project Director: David Stricklin. Grant Award: $1473.

Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl. Sponsor: Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl Association, North Little Rock. Project Director: Frank Bateman. Grant Award: $900.

Plumerville Civil War 150 Historical Marker Project. Sponsor: Plumerville Cemetery Association. Project Director: Tommy Johnson. Grant Award: $1300.

Arkansas DeaFestival. Sponsor: Arkansas Association for the Deaf, Inc., Little Rock. Project Director: Jeff Prail. Grant Award: $1,000.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Vigil Youth Summit. Sponsor: Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Little Rock. Project Directors: DuShun Scarbrough and Walter Washington. Grant Award: $1500.

CW150 Marker: Hempstead County and the Civil War. Sponsor: Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation. Project Director: Josh Williams. Grant Award: $1030.

From Fiber to Fabric School Days. Sponsor: Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, Scott. Project Director: Lydia Leatherwood. Grant Award: $1500.

Motorcycle Memories. Sponsor: Fort Smith Museum of History. Project Director: Leisa Gramlich. Grant Award: $763.

The Ed Cromwell Legacy. Sponsor: Architecture and Design Network, Little Rock. Project Director: June Freeman. Grant Award: $750.

The Roots of African American Foodways in Arkansas. Sponsor: The Black History Commission of Arkansas, Little Rock. Project Director: Lisa Speer. Grant Award: $1350.

Cave Region Review: A Celebration of the Humanities. Sponsor: North Arkansas College, Harrison. Project Director: Tim Coone. Grant Award: $1500.

Drennen-Scott Historic Site Marker Project. Sponsor: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Project Director: Tom Wing. Grant Award: $1030.

Skirmishes at Roseville Marker Project. Sponsor: Main Street Ozark. Project Director: Sandy Key. Grant Award: $1030.

Social Studies Curriculum Writing Conference. Sponsor: University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Project Director: KristinDutcher Mann. Grant Award: $1500.

Please review our guidelines at arkhums.org for information about minigrant categories and award maximums. If you have questions contact Lavona Wilson at lavonawilson@sbcglobal.net or 501-320-5761.