Overview

Council Conducted Partnerships (CCP)

Council Conducted Partnerships are funding partnerships between Humanities Iowa and eligible non-profit organizations. A 1:1 cash match is required. Interested organizations may apply for varied amounts based on project scope and available 1:1 cash match. 

Proposals are accepted year-round, and are evaluated upon receipt and awarded by the Executive Committee. Proposals should be submitted via email to humanities-iowa@uiowa.edu and should include a brief narrative, budget and project timeline, as well as the source of the cash match.

Organizations approved for a partnership must send their cash match to Humanities Iowa.  Humanities Iowa then returns the cash match and the approved partnership amount to the organization to administer the project.  Upon completion of the project, the partner organization must submit a brief final narrative, final budget and audience statistics to Humanities Iowa.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen Part II

At a time of renewed civic interest and competing facts, wouldn’t it be useful for concerned citizens to have the opportunity to educate themselves through a public program that draws on the work of some of our best writers, historians, and journalists and searches for how we might best inform ourselves as citizens, how best to situate ourselves in our democracy?

 

This is exactly what Humanities Iowa is offering through the second round funding of our partnership initiative called “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” This initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, features statewide programming that looks at what it means to be an informed citizen in a democratic society.

 

Through a catalog of programs (details below), Humanities Iowa will explore how the work of Iowa’s writers, musicians, dramatists and educators intersects with the most pressing questions surrounding what makes an informed citizenry, questions such as: How can civic interest and involvement be revitalized? What can be done to increase news literacy and combat “fake news”? How has Iowan culture historically responded to periods of political upheaval and change? What is the current state of our democracy? What is its future? You can join the conversations surrounding these questions and more through booking or attending any of the following events: 

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Poems Across the Distance (Web Series) by Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart
In response to the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, HI and the current Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa, Debra Marquart, have teamed up to bring you "Poems Across the Distance," a new web series hosted by Marquart. Each episode will feature the Laureate's selection of poetry (her own as well as the work of others) along with some commentary to consider during this time of social isolation. New episodes will appear weekly, along with installments from former Poets Laureate Marvin Bell and Mary Swander. Watch episodes now on our YouTube channel. 

Hot Tamale Louie Tour of Western Iowa by John Rapson & His Band
John Rapson, critically acclaimed jazz composer, multi-instrumentalist, and professor of Music at the University of Iowa will take his band of professional musicians on a tour of Western Iowa in the Fall of 2020. They will perform Rapson's well-reviewed global music suite (a concept album, if you will), Hot Tamale Louie, which tracks the story (originally reported in The New Yorker) of Zarif Khan, an early twentieth century Afghan immigrant to Sheridan, Wyoming who worked to gain American citizenship, only to have it stripped away by Washington politicians' arcane use of the Chinese Exclusionary Act. Khan kept working and fighting, eventually earning his citizenship once again and going on to become one of Sheridan's most successful businessmen and philanthropists. The tour will (tentatively) visit: Des Moines, Coon Rapids, Perry, Storm Lake and Sioux City. More info to come...

PAST PROGRAMS UNDER PART ONE FUNDING 

Agriculture, Climate Change, & the Death-by-Design of Rural Iowa by Art Cullen

This presentation by our 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner in Editorial Writing will address environmental and agricultural issues near to the heart of Iowans mainly through the vehicle of the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun, and Sac counties over nitrate pollution of the Raccoon River. It will tell how The Storm Lake Times tried to unveil who was actually running the litigation – not the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors, but the Koch Brothers and Monsanto. The presentation will also elaborate on themes from Aldo Leopold, the great conservation philosopher, about how we think we can engineer our way into prosperity but we seem to always end up in the ditch.

This presentation by our 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner in Editorial Writing will address environmental and agricultural issues near to the heart of Iowans mainly through the vehicle of the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun, and Sac counties over nitrate pollution of the Raccoon River. It will tell how The Storm Lake Times tried to unveil who was actually running the litigation – not the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors, but the Koch Brothers and Monsanto. The presentation will also elaborate on themes from Aldo Leopold, the great conservation philosopher, about how we think we can engineer our way into prosperity but we seem to always end up in the ditch.

Iowa’s Claim to Prize-Winning Authors by Kurt Meyer

Among the distinguished authors with an Iowa connection are Pulitzer Prize winners Hamlin Garland (1860–1940) and Edna Ferber (1885–1968). Both spent significant childhood years in Iowa—Garland in northeast Iowa, and Ferber in Ottumwa. And both drew on their Iowa backgrounds throughout prolific writing careers.

Meyer’s presentation will introduce people to these two often-overlooked/forgotten authors: their lives, their major works, their pioneering careers, and their importance in the literary world, during their prime years as well as today. Although they led very different lives, Meyer will focus on shared talents that made them successful and the personal and professional qualities they held in common.Using Garland and Ferber as examples, Meyer will also suggest informal ways that Iowans can encourage and promote future generations of Pulitzer Prize winners.

***The fee for the first ten scheduled events for this program will be waived under the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative.

 

The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling by Tom Milligan

In this presentation, Jay N. “Ding” Darling (performed by Milligan) visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City where as a young boy he became aware of the natural world around him while developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he recalls his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register and a remarkable career as a nationally-known conservationist. From the introduction of “The Duck Stamp” to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt not only through his cartoons but his action as well. Considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

 

This presentation will make the following stops:

 

3/15/2018 – Water’s Edge Nature Center    Algona, IA

3/18/2018 – Miller House Museum    Keokuk, IA

4/8/2018 – Hurtsville Interpretive Center    Maquoketa, IA

4/22/2018 – Oakland Mills Nature Center    Mt. Pleasant, IA

5/5/2018 – Monroe County Historical Society    Albia, IA

5/6/2018 – Lakeside Casino & Resort    Osceola, IA

5/10/2018 – The Wallace House    Des Moines, IA

5/18/2018 – Hitchcock Nature Center    Honey Creek, IA

5/19/2018 – Shelby County Conservation    Harlan, IA

10/12/2018 – Iowa Valley Continuing Education (Dejardin Hall)    Marshalltown, IA

10/13/2018 – Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge    Wapello, IA

 

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

 

Public Programs

Public Programs are programs that originate from Humanities Iowa and are managed by its staff or agents. These include:

The Iowa Poet Laureate
Speakers Bureau
Traveling Exhibits
Voices from the Prairie

For more information on these programs, click on the links in the left menu.