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

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?

 

This is exactly what Humanities Iowa is offering through our new partnership initiative with the Pulitzer Prizes 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 Pulitzer Prize winners intersects with the most pressing questions surrounding what makes an informed citizenry, questions such as: How can local journalism, for so long a mainstay of community life, be revitalized? What can be done to increase news literacy and combat “fake news”? How has Iowan journalism historically responded to periods of political upheaval and change? What is the current state of journalism? What is its future? You can join the conversations surrounding these questions and more through booking or attending any of the following events: 

 

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.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Humanities Iowa is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the NEH announced funding for the following Iowa-based humanities projects:

 

Sioux City Museum and Historical Association (Sioux City, IA)
NEH on the Road: The Power of Childre
Outright Amount: $1,000
Project Description: Support to bring a traveling exhibition to the community
Project Director: Steve Hansen

Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc. (Des Moines, IA)
General Preservation Needs Assessment Survey of Art Center Collections
Outright Amount: $6,000
Project Description: A preservation assessment of the Mes Moines Art Center's permanent collection of 5,458 objects created by modern and contemporary artists, such as Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Constantin Brancusi, Keith Harring, and Yayoi Kusama.
Project Director: Michelle Ryan

University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
Improving Preservation Policies and Practices for Rod Library Manuscripts and University Archives
Outright Amount: $5,986
Project Description: A preservation assessment of the university's special collections and archives, along with an on-site workshop for staff on the care, handling, and storage of historical research materials.
Project Director: Jaycie Vos

State Library of Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
State Library of Iowa Heritage Archives Project
Outright Amount: $90,000
Project Description: Digitization of materials documenting Iowa;s history of soil and water conservation for inclusion in the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection. Efforts will focus on the 28 counties celebrating their 75th anniversaries during 2019 - 2020.
Project Director: Michael Scott

 

 

Congratulations to all of the grantees. Follow this link to see the latest in NEH grant awards nationwide and in the state of Iowa.