Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian as the new senior innovation director of Humanities Iowa as well as executive editor of Voices of the Prairie (the literary magazine of HI). Dr. Ossian is emerita professor of history at Des Moines Area Community College. She earned her master’s degree in women’s studies at Eastern Michigan University and doctorate at Iowa State University in agricultural history and rural studies.
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. So if you have great idea for a humanities-based public program in your neck of the woods, be sure to review our grants guidelines and get a proposal in before it's too late.
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. We've got some truly enriching humanities programs coming your way this year like the Pomeroy Herald digitization project, an environmental series in the Quad Cities exploring the Mississippi River, and even the documenting of a time capsule in Cedar Rapids! Follow us on social media to stay up to date as these wonderful programs develop.
*Link Image: CARTHA (2018 Major Grant Recipient)
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. The meeting will take place via Zoom session.
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. Nominations will be reviewed by the Board’s Nominations Committee. Directors serve a 3-year term with possible re-nomination for a second 3-year term. We are seeking qualified candidates from all walks of life who demonstrate a commitment to the humanities in public life.
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. The Homestead Monument commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property.
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. If you would like to be added to our print mailing list, please email your request to email@example.com
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. This initiative seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and apprecation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and the environment. HI received a $29,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2017, and this grant continues work on that same initiative, striving to bring the humanities from the academy to main street.