Statewide Humanities Organization awards over $60,000 in grants

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BROOKINGS, SD (Dakota News Now) — From Shakespeare to skateboarding, the humanities can be found in a variety of rewarding events this summer and fall.

The South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded $60,759 to organizations providing humanities programs to South Dakotans, according to their press release.

The board of directors of the statewide nonprofit, whose sole mission is to provide humanities programs to the people of South Dakota, has approved grant applications from seven organizations at its last board meeting.

Successful applicants submit projects led by humanities professionals and present the humanities at the center of their program, event or research project.

The following organizations received awards

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum (Brookings) received $9,961 for “The Dust Bowl: Design/Build Phase”. This traveling exhibit will tell the story of the Dust Bowl through the photography and poetry of former South Dakota State Soil Scientist Joseph Hutton. Hutton was on the front line documenting with his camera the devastation that led to the exodus of many farmers. He expressed the need for conservation through poetry and his radio show. Learn more at AgMuseum.com

Lakota Youth Development (Herrick) received $4,375 for “Traditional Healing During and Recovery from the COVID Pandemic – A Symposium on Lakota Culture”. This project, held June 12 in person and on Zoom, brought together elders, knowledge keepers, herbalists, and community members from across Lakota Country to engage in conversation about health systems and traditional medicines. Speakers discussed how to practice Lakota spirituality and how to integrate traditional medicines into modern life during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. Learn more at LakotaYouthDevelopment.org

Levitt at the Falls (Sioux Falls) received $10,000 for “Innoskate 2022,” with activities in Sioux Falls and Pine Ridge. Levitt at the Falls collaborates with the Smithsonian American History Museum’s Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the USA Skateboarding Federation (U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams), and members of the Oglala Lakota Nation to produce the Innoskate Festival. Live talks and concerts will examine the deep connections between music, skateboarding, creativity and innovation. Professional and Olympic skateboarders, inventors, scientists, artists and local community leaders will engage audiences through a variety of demonstrations, conversations and hands-on activities that explore the impact of skateboarding innovations in culture American. Learn more at LevittSiouxFalls.org

lost found (Sioux Falls) received $10,000 for “This is what resilience looks like: #30Days30Stories 2022”. Building on its successful #30Days30Stories campaign during National Suicide Prevention Month in 2021, Lost&Found will again share the stories of 31 South Dakota youth and young adults who have discovered resources, resilience, and hope in the face of the impacts of mental health problems and suicide. in their communities. “This is what resilience looks like: #30Days30Stories” will use digital media (a homepage, social media platforms and a podcast) and community events across the state to highlight current needs for statewide suicide prevention and hope to be found stories. Learn more about ResilientToday.org

University of South Dakota Wegner Health Sciences Center (Sioux Falls) received $10,000 for “Let’s Talk Health: A Pilot Lecture Series Featuring Books and Authors in the Health Humanities.” This project combines readings, discussions, and events with guest speakers with the goal of making critical health humanities topics more accessible to South Dakotans, medical students, and health care professionals to the public. Through a series of joint readings, participants will examine different perspectives on the health humanities and how these ideas might apply to their own lives and communities. The choice of authors and books will be deliberately diversified, selected to appeal to the widest possible audience. Learn more at LibGuides.USD.edu/HealthHumanities

Black Hills State University English Department (Spearfish) received $9,423 for “Spring Sowings: A 6-Week Free Verse Poetry Virtual Workshop”. This virtual workshop for beginner to advanced poets in South Dakota concluded with a public, virtual poetry reading and discussion on June 18. Writers received instruction in reading and performing lyric and free verse poetry; studied the craft of poetry to produce up to five drafts of original poems; participated in a group discussion on the writings of peers; received detailed written feedback on their work; and discussed and read their poems at the closing event. Learn more at BHSU.edu.

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (Vermillion) received $7,000 for the 2022 South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. The 11th season of free Shakespeare performances and arts education programs in southeastern South Dakota included four full-length performances of Shakespeare’s “Othello” from June 16-19 at Vermillion’s Prentis Park. The SDSF has also facilitated a variety of educational outreach talks and programs, strengthening community partnerships that include Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center, Sanford Care Center, Upward Bound, Sesdac, University of South Dakota , Vermillion Public Library, National Music Museum and area schools. Programs were offered live and through digital platforms. Learn more at SDShakespeareFestival.org

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