Current Grants


Torrey House Press Sacred Landscape and Story:  Using Humanities to Bridge Fields and Cultures Hopi anthropologist/archaeologist Lyle Balenquah, Objibwe writer Heidi E. Erdich, Navajo Poet Laureate Luci Tapahonso, and Navajo/Yankton Dakota writer Jacqueline Keeler come together for public conversations about sacred landscapes. $5,000
Spy Hop Productions Sending Messages:  True Stories from a Secure Care Facility Incarcerated youth in five secure-care facilities throughout Utah explore contemporary literature and poetry and then write, record, and produce personal narratives, poetry, short fiction, spoken word, and interviews compiled and released as podcasts. $5,000
Epicenter Desert River Stories Scholars will interpret local histories, narratives, and archives in a project that captures and celebrates the area's rural pride and pioneering spirit. $2,500
Utah Film Center The Judge Documentary Film Community screenings and discussions of this feature documentary will provide rare insight into Shari'a law (Islamic law), an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims. Told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's religious courts, the film intimately portrays Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih's trials and tribulations in achieving justice for women. $5,000
Repertory Dance Theater Sacred Lands/Sacred Waters A panel of scholars and Native American presenters explore what makes the Bears Ears National Momument a "sacred land" to different people and how communities can create new rituals and language around wise use and sharing of water and land. $5,000
Davis County School District Building Relationships Between Police & Community Using history and children's literature, this project is designed to increase trust and shape positive perceptions between law enforcement and community members. $4,556
Renaissance Now Theatre & Film Shakespeare, Our Contemporary A series of events will use Shakespeare's works to explore current issues of gender identity, the changing role of women, and the symbolism, ethics and values of super heroes. $2,615
Southern Utah University Archaeology Month in Southern Utah This educational program will foster understanding of past and present cultures in an effort to preserve and increase dialogue about the area's archaeological legacy through a variety of activities and discussions for all ages. $5,000
Westminster College's Classic Greek Theatre Festival Ion by Euripides Euripides' Ion is the story of a dysfunctional family ripped apart by secrets.  Discussions will emphasize the similarities of the Greeks to contemporary American society, and will explore the issues of heroism and grief, justice and forgiveness, and especially friendship and family. $2,500
Utah State University Museum of Anthropology Museum Outreach at the MOA This project will connect the experience of the past to our world today through a series of hands-on activities that explore anthropology, history, languages, and culture. $2,500
Utah Museum of Fine Arts ACME Sessions AMCE sessions bring humanities scholars, artists, K-12 art educators, cultural critics, and community activists together into some of Utah's most culturally and ethnically diverse communities to discuss topics ranging from education through hip hop to transgender identity to the experience of migration. $5,000
Utah Shakespeare Festival Play Seminars in the Grove Discussions before and after productions of the 2017 Utah Shakespeare Festival season will look at contemporary issues such as gender identity, family loyalty, and society's definition of love. $5,000
University of Utah Department of English U of U Guest Writers Series and Hivemind Book Club of SLC Hivemind:  The Book Club of Salt Lake City presents literary events that promote reading and writing among underserved populations.  Discussions are an inclusive, dynamic space of collaborative learning for community members who might not be inclined to attend a formal reading event. $5,000


SUU Department of Languages & Philosophy International Cinema at SUU:  A Foreign Film Festival A film screening and discussion series celebrating diverse cultures and current community issues. $1,500
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy Global Conversations A community discussion series promoting respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations through the humanities. $1,500
UtahPresents Gardner Lecture in the Humanities A panel discussion focusing on why arts and humanities are essential to social justice and activism. $1,000
Orchestra of Southern Utah Public Lands Discussion

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this pre-concert discussion focuses on the history and importance of public lands in Utah.

Japanese American Citizens League 2017 Day of Remembrance

Japanese-American and Muslim communities come together to discuss the current political climate and parallels to Japanese-American history of exclusion and internment.

Salt Lake Acting Company The Good, The Bad, and The Unspoken

A free panel discussion alongside the World Premiere of Harbur Gate by Utah playwright Kathleen Cahill that will bring together diverse experts to take an in-depth look at the themes of gender and sexuality in the military.

Society for Preservation & Propogation of Eastern Arts Norooz Pirooz

A discussion about practices and symbolism found in this ancient celebration still enjoyed by millions of people today from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Central Asia, and many other countries and cultures.

Brigham City Library All the News Fit to Print

From the founding fathers to the digital age and from the abolition of slavery to the war on terror, this reading discussion will cover the past, present, and future of the American news media.

Friends of Cedar Mesa Celebrate Cedar Mesa:  Fireside Readings with Torrey House Press An evening of literature and discussion focusing on Native American views of the Bears Ears National Monument. $1,040
Utah Storytelling Guild The Language of Story An interactive panel discussion offered in conjunction with the Story Crossroads Festival.  The panel will offer ASL and Spanish interpretation and will focus on the power and traditions of language and culture. $1,500
Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation Translation and Cultural Commentary of 283 Newe Names Three native Shoshone speakers and cultural experts will discuss the translation and significance of Shoshone names from 1877.  Social identity factors inherent in these historic names include worldview, domestic practices, relationships, humor, health, social mores, and spirituality. $1,500
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum Landscapes for the People This project explores the history of George Alexander Grant, the first chief photographer of the National Park Service and the key role his photographs played in the history of the NPS. $1,350
Art Access Creative Aging A literature and disability book discussion series focusing on the process of aging. $1,500
Westminster College Institute for Mountain Research Institute for Mountain Research Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats bring together historians, writers, archaeologists, scientists, businesspersons, and adventure to facilitate a broader and deeper knowledge of how people live, work, and play in mountains and how we can learn from them.

Project Success Coalition Griots & Grioettes

From the African Village to the Street Corner, Griots and Grioettes (African Elders, Historians, Storytellers) will explore the important role and evolution of traditional storytelling as a way of preserving and sharing history and culture.

Pinnacle Acting Company The Importance of Being Earnest Discussions

Literary discussions will explore the history of Oscar Wilde’s famous play, behaviors and customs of the past, and how themes such as expectations of marriage, class status, and other societal obligations have changed over time.

Ogden First, Inc. Calligraffiti:  Words from the Street

A cross-disciplinary project, with works by local poets transcribed by local street (graffiti) artists and displayed for 2 months at PLATFORMS, a 24/7-accessible gallery-without-walls. Accompanying discussions will engage scholars, artists, and the community in conversations about their experiences of living in Ogden.

Marmalade Branch, SLC Public Library Eid al-Fitr Festival - A Community Conversation A cultural experience for the whole family to explore the common legacy Islam shares with other faiths. University of Miami Professor Nebil Husayn will lead a discussion on “What is God and who is Muhammad? A Primer on Islamic Theology” as well as hands-on activities for kids.  $1,000




Oral History Grants are awarded in partnership with the Utah Division of State History

USU Special Collections & Archives Cache Valley Utah Drug Court Oral History Project

Gathering the voices, experiences, and stories of the Cache Valley Utah Drug Court participants and professionals.

WSU Stewart Library World War II in Northern Utah Documenting histories and stories from servicemen abroad and their families left on the home front in northern Utah during WWII. $2,000