Current Grants


COMPETITIVE GRANTS AWARDED IN 2015

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Salt Lake City School District Relating Navajo Landscapes and Stories A photographic exhibit connecting the Navajo (Dine) oral tradition to the landscapes and sites of Utah. $5,000
Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center Race Perspectives: Instigating Candid Dialogue About Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity A published website forum to raise awareness about race, ethnicity, and cultural identity as it pertains to place. $3,500
Spy Hop Sending Messages: True Stories from a Secure Care Facility Incarcerated youth will use folklore and mythology to create personal narratives in the form of podcasts. $5,000
Artes de Mexico en Utah Alcanzando la Comunidad / Reaching the Community Public classes on Mexican art and history to help develop cross-cultural competence and unite communities through cultural connections. $5,000
University Neighborhood Partners The West View Presents: The Language of Food Diverse members of the West Salt Lake City community will come together to produce a special print publication to share stories of food and culture in a variety of languages. A panel discussion will be held to highlight contributing writers. $4,000
Utah Shakespeare Festival Literary Seminars in the Grove Group discussion and interpretation to learn more about the texts, contemporary themes, and the theatre process. $5,000
U of U Department of English Guest Writers Series Distinguished contemporary authors discuss themes of their works with public audiences. $3,000
U of U Symposium in Science and Literature Symposium on Aging Major figures in the sciences, literary arts, fine arts, and social sciences come together to examine the process of aging and how the humanities and science intersect. $3,000
SUU Gerald R. Sherratt Library Willy the Kid: Shakespeare in the Wild West An exhibit and public programming that will showcase the incredible popularity of Shakespeare's plays during the most turbulent years of the Western Expansion. $4,960
Ogden Union Station Museums We Dig History! An education program including hands-on archaeology activities to promote a more inclusive interpretation of Utah's history. $5,000
Utah Storytelling Guild Story Crossroads Gathering and unifying people across generations and cultures to celebrate story and promote strengthened communication and empathy. $1,910



QUICK GRANTS AWARDED IN 2015

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U of U Department of Communication The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop and Politics in SLC and Beyond Nationally recognized scholars, artists, and educators will convene with local youth and hip-hop artists to explore the intersections between hip-hop and politics. $1,000
Morgan County Library Morgan County Library Book Events 2015 A reading discussion series focusing on current healthcare issues. $1,500
Mt. Olympus JACL Day of Remembrance 2015 A pilgrimage to the Topaz Japanese internment camp and museum in Delta. Scholars will provide historic context and discussion during the journey. $500
Pioneer Theatre Company From Fear to Frenzy: How Societies Cope with Conflicts From Salem witch trials, through McCarthyism, to troubles in Ferguson, MO, societies have a history of reacting to controversial events with fear and anger that can develop into frenzy or activism. This presentation and panel discussion will explore the roles of social media, authority figures, and citizen groups in moving conflicts - for better or worse - from story to social action. $1,200
Art Access Literature and Disability Book Group 2015 A reading discussion program using books that feature characters with disabilities. Participants consider how characters with disabilities are represented in literary texts and discuss the social and cultural impact of these representations. $1,000
Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts A Canyon Peoples' Portrait Documentary Selected stories from Kane County residents depicted through text, visual art, performance art, and music. Discussions will be held focusing on the impact of community narrative. $1,400
Brigham City Library To the Moon and Beyond A reading discussion series focusing on the history and impact of the U.S. Space Program on Brigham City. $1,500
Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) Living/Losing the American Dream This panel discussion will bring the community together to explore what "The American Dream" really looks like today. Who has access to it, how it is influenced by race, class, and other often hidden issues? $600
Two Rivers High School Emmett Till Panel Discussion Students at Two Rivers High School and Bountiful High School will participate in an Emmett Till Panel Discussion featuring Wheeler Parker, Chris Crowe, and Devery Anderson. Wheeler is Emmett Till's cousin and a witness to the events at Bryant's Grocery Store in Money, Mississippi in August of 1955. This panel comes after 4 week of study of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement. $1,500
San Juan County San Juan Record Centennial Series The San Juan Record, San Juan County's hometown newspaper, will celebrate its Centennial year in 2015 with a host of events. As part of the celebration, the newspaper is planning a three-part interactive discussion series highlighting the intriguing history of the newspaper and looking at the past, present, and future of rural journalism. $1,470
Draper Park Middle School Never Forget...Finding Common Ground A Student and Parent Book discussion to learn more about the Holocaust through the reading of "Yellow Star" by Jennifer Roy to gain understanding of the diversity in our world and the need to understand and embrace our differences. $500
Westminster College Classic Greek Theatre Festival's Electra Producion and tour of Sophocles' Electra with educational orientations, playbills, talk back discussions, and teaching materials available online. Locations in 2015 include Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, and a new venue in West Valley City $1,500
Moab Multicultural Center Navajo Hoop Dancer Joseph Secody Learn about Native American Hoop Dance, its cultural relevance and how it has become a preserved tradition in the Native American community - increasingly so among young performers. $500
Summer Dance Festival Committee Brothers of the Baladi The Brothers Baladi will discuss the history and significance of the music, instruments, and dance of the Middle East to provide better understanding and appreciation of this ancient culture. $1,300
Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation Laine Thom Translation and Commentary on Dimick Huntington Shoshone Word List The filming of interviews of native Shoshone speaker and elder, Laine Thom, as he pronounces, translates, and gives cultural commentary on the 1853 Dimick V. Huntington Shoshone-to-English word list. Discussion on the importance of this translation will be held at the Utah Division of State History Conference. $1,250
Salt Lake Education Foundation Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day 2015 Tour Nine Mile Canyon, stopping at designated sites for archaeological information and interpretation of this amazing canyon. Site hosts will be at each stop to answer questions about its ancient and modern history, the geology, and the plants and animals that call this canyon home. In addition to ancient Fremont artifacts, the Canyon contains numerous examples of more recent activities of the Ute Indians, Anglo-explorers, and modern farmers and ranchers. It is an area rich in both ancient and recent history. $1,500
Escalante Canyons Art Festival Escalante Expressions: Through Humanities and Art A week-long festival that that brings together artists, community members, and visitors to discuss the importance of the Escalante landscape in art. $1,500
Utah Commission on Aging What, Without Memory, Am I? See the award-winning documentary, "Alive Inside" that depicts the astonishing experiences of individuals who have been awakened through the simple experience of listening to music. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held on stories of dementia and the power of music. $500
St. George Art Museum Weaving a Revolution Three symbiotic exhibits and public programming featuring silver, textiles, and Native American baskets. Discussions will look at the different mediums and how they have been used in the past and in the present. $500



ARTS AND HUMANITIES QUICK GRANTS AWARDED IN 2015

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Utah State Archives Utah Archives Month A discussion series featuring archives and special collections from across Utah. Topics include 19th Century Gravestones, people of the Colorado River, Downwinders and Utah's coming of age. $500
Orchestra of Southern Utah The Rhythm of the Drum "The Spanish Trail Suite" celebrates three cultures that converge in Cedar City: Paiute, Hispanic, and Pioneer. The Orchestra of Southern Utah and Canyon View High School Bands and Orchestra will present movements from this locally commissioned work. Join Colonel Alva Matheson for a pre-performance discussion as he brings the history of the Old Spanish Trail to life with stories of its diverse people and their role in the development of our nation. $500
WSU Department of Performing Arts Play Reading with Guest Artist Chana Porter Attend a reading and discussion of a new play SPEAK! with NYC based playwright and novelist Chana Porter. SPEAK! explores the intersection of love, technology, gender fluidity, and the future of communication. $500
Utah Cultural Celebration Center The Recall: Remembrance Readings Public readings and discussion of short essays remembering loved ones who have passed and the importance of the Day of the Dead celebration. $500
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area The Soul of the Native American Artist Join Native American artisans and scholars for a discussion on the unique perspective on the natural environment through art. $500
Cedar City Public Library Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to Be Human? Cedar City Public Library is proud to be one of only 19 libraries in the U.S. to host the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, "Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to Be Human?" This exhibit will promote and stimulate conversation and intellectual enrichment within the community and promote respect and understanding between different beliefs, opinions, and ideas concerning Human Origins and exploring the idea of "What Does it Mean to Be Human?" $500
NOVA Chamber Music Series The Kreutzer Sonata A harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer, a man driven mad by unfulfilled passions - and Beethoven's music. Freely adapted from Leo Tolstoy's short story by playwright Eric Samuelsen, The Kreutzer Sonata is interwoven with a live performance of Beethoven's sonata. Join Russian literature scholar, Thomas F. Rogers, for a post-performance discussion on this cautionary tale of rage, revenge, and remorse. $500
Discovery Gateway Children's Museum Dia de los Muertos Join in learning about Latino culture during this Dia de los Muertos celebration. Explore traditions through activities such as calavera de azucar (sugar skull) decorating, skeleton puppets, masks and zempazuchtl (tissue paper flower) making, and Pan de Muertos tasting. $500
Artes de Mexico en Utah Posada in Ogden: A Celebration of Life An exhibit honoring Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, who popularized the skeleton in Mexican post-revolutionary art. Come learn about the history of Latin American art with WSU student docents. $500



ORAL HISTORY GRANTS AWARDED IN 2015

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Logan Public Library Logan Library Centennial 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Logan Library. This milestone will be marked by collecting 10-12 oral histories from current and past key players in the library's history. These histories will become a part of the library's local history collection, as well as serve a key role in commemorations. $2,000
WSU Stewart Library Ogden's Immigrant Populations This project will conduct oral histories with Ogden immigrants of Italian, Greek, Japanese and Dutch ancestry. This project is part of a larger effort to document the history of Ogden since World War II. $2,000
U of U Division of Occupational Therapy Karen Youth Transitions This project will collect interviews of youth from the Karen ethnic population in Salt Lake City who participate in a traditional dance group. The families of these young people are from Burma but most were born in refugee camps in Thailand. $2,000



RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED IN 2015

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Deidre Tyler It's Not Alberta Henry Again: Civil Rights Leader in Utah (Delmont R. Oswald Fellowship) This project researches the life of the late Mrs. Alberta Hill Henry, and African American civil rights pioneer in the state of Utah. $3,500
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