Since 1971, Humanities Iowa (HI) has been the premier independent nonprofit organization in the state of Iowa focusing on the public humanities. Our original mandate allowed us to redistribute federal funds among the state’s nonprofits, but we have evolved far beyond this mandate over the decades.
HI recently added two new members to its Board of Directors, Miriam Kenning and LaSheila Yates!
It's that time again! Our next major grants window will open on September1, 2021 with a October1, 2021 deadline. This year we are awarding grants in the amount of $3,001 - $10,000.
Pursuant to Humanities Iowa bylaws, the Board of Directors (BOD) will meet on Friday, September 24th, 2021, to conduct its semi-annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 1:00 PM in Ames, Iowa. During the course of the meeting, the BOD will approve major grant awards as well as address issues of policy and procedure.
We're excited to announce two new additions to our Speakers Bureau roster: John Liepa and Michaiel Vogt!!
We're excited to announce the Summer 2021 Humanities Iowa Major Grant award recipients. We received so many great proposals, and it was exciting to hear about so many worthy projects going on all across the state. Below you’ll find descriptions of the awarded grants.
We're excited to announce our upcoming Summer Major Grants award cycle! The window for applications will officially open up on May 1, 2021 with a June 1, 2021 deadline.This year we are awarding grants in the amount of $3,001 - $10,000.
We're proud to announce the recipients of our most recent grant cycle below. Hats off to the recipients for putting together some great proposals.
What IS Humanities Iowa? What, even, are the humnanities? Check out this short video to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we're striving to better serve the people of Iowa.
Pursuant to Humanities Iowa bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Humanities Iowa Board of Directors (BOD) will meet on Monday, February 8th, 2021, to conduct its semi-annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. During the course of the meeting, the BOD will approve major grant awards as well as address issues of policy and procedure.
This is in response to requests for additional information about the fractured relationship between the NEH and Humanities Iowa. As you can imagine, this situation has generated a voluminous file, both in Washington, DC, and in HI’s office.
POEMS ACROSS THE DISTANCE with Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart
Humanities Iowa seeks nominations for members to serve on its Board of Directors. The nomination process is open and nominations will be received on a rolling basis. Those persons interested in serving are welcome to nominate themselves. Nominees must be residents of Iowa.
Beginning in February, HI will send David Plowden's photographic exhibition called A Sense of Place to the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.
In case you missed the release of our print publication Voices from the Prairie, it's now available for free through your web browser. Click on the picture of the cover below to begin reading now.
HI has received major private foundation support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils to promote public discourse and open debate about what it means to be an informed citizen in our democracy.
Here's a round-up of humanities events we've supported around the state over the last couple of months. For more information on our events past and future, click here.
What are Humanities Councils? What do they do? How should they respond to our times?
HI is pleased to announce the following major grants: Tolerance Week 2020 Sioux City Tolerance Week $8,963.46
Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce the recipients of our most recent major grant awards cycle: Monument Valley Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, IA $10,060
November 2018 Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce the recipients of our most recent major grant awards cycle:
Humanities Iowa partnered with Filmmaker Dan Manatt on a documentary about the Iowa State Penitentiary. The film, “The Fort: 177 Years of Crime & Punishment at the Iowa State Penitentiary,” premiered in Fort Madison in September 2017. DVD copies of the film quickly sold out, so we're making the entire film available here for no charge!
June 2018 Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce the recipients of our most recent major grant awards cycle: Title of Project: Literary Heroines: Their Times Their Fashions Sponsoring Organization: Putnam Museum and Science Center, Davenport Grant: $10,000
Recent Major Grant Awards – Summer 2018 Title of Project: Literary Heroines: Their Times Their Fashions Sponsoring Organization: Putnam Museum and Science Center, Davenport Grant: $10,000.00
Clarke University will host the Evolution Weekend lecture on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall. The lecture will be given by Robert J. Richards from the University of Chicago and is titled “Darwin’s Biology of Intelligent Design.”
January 2018 The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Humanities Iowa announce a $20,000 Council Conducted Partnership to support the Museum & Aquarium’s forthcoming exhibit, River of Innovation.
November 2017 Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce a $40,000 Council Conducted Partnership with the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association in support of their project celebrating the 100th Anniversary History of the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District.
November 2017 Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce the recipients of its most recent major grant awards cycle: Title of Project: The Comparison Project Sponsoring Organization: Drake University, Des Moines Grant: $7,900
This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture among the Pulitzer Prizes Board, the Federation of State Humanities Council, and Humanities Iowa in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.
HI is pleased to announce its receipt of $15,000 NEH grant fund in support of its project: Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity. HI plans to hold two moderated discussions in Sioux City and Waterloo involving race and policing. The events are proposed to be held next spring. Please stay tuned for more information.
HI is pleased to announce that one of HI funded documentaries, River to River: Iowa’s forgotten Highway 6, recently received a Mid-America Emmy Nomination. This has also made Fourth Wall Films’ third Emmy nomination. Congratulations!
"One Moment, Lasting Impact": How a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo captured the drama of a river rescue in Iowa. A dramatic rescue at a Des Moines dam in 2009 resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for a photographer, Mary Chind Willie, formerly of the Des Moines Register. But there's more to the story.
As one of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire events, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism’s IowaWatch Connection radio program and podcast introduces you to a former Des Moines Register featured writer, Jane Schorer Meisner, whose frank, groundbreaking report on the rape of an Iowa woman
Humanities Iowa is pleased to announce our new CCP partnerships with the following organizations and their proposed projects: $20,000 Partnership with Main St. Greenfield, John Busbee, and the Lear Family Foundation for “Integrated Play Project for Greenfield and Adair County, Iowa”
We are pleased to announce that the Pulitzer Prizes board has awarded us for $20,000 to support the Centennial Campfires Initiative activities. This initiative is a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes.