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Wyoming Humanities Awards Spark Grants

With more cultural and humanities organizations across the state continuing to strengthen their projects and operations in 2021, Wyoming Humanities is proud to share that it has provided thousands of dollars in Spark Grants to two more organizations.


“This funding really can provide fantastic opportunities for both the humanities and the state,” said Shawn Reese, executive director of Wyoming Humanities. “The innovation behind these projects is exactly the reason we provide Spark Grants to Wyoming communities and non-profits.”


Projects are selected based on communities’ needs and programs designed to spark new insights and perspectives. Funding is provided through the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Grantees, who receive up to $2,000 with this opportunity, provide equal or greater matching funds and in-kind contributions. WYH grants generate significant social and economic impact five times greater than state funding.

The newest recipients are:

Big Horn Historical Society – An untold story exists of the visionary non-Natives and Native Americans who created All-American Indian Days in Sheridan, from 1953 to 1984, recognized by the Freedom Foundation for the “elimination of racial discrimination.” At the All -American Indian Days Remembrance Event this July, grant funds will provide historical and cultural presentations by humanities scholars, examining perspectives on the honoring and promoting of Indian culture, encouraging better race relations, addressing injustices, and fostering egalitarian ideals.

Wyoming Wildlife Federation To further the idea of civic engagement, the grants funds for this project will help create a series of legislative literacy videos using historical and current wildlife examples as a lens. The creation of these videos is in support of future group discussions with classrooms or citizen groups to explore democracy, and the incorporation of humanities scholars provides historical context, research assistance, and video content.

For more information about Wyoming Humanities and its grant programs, visit thinkwy.org.

About Wyoming Humanities
Wyoming Humanities is the Wyoming affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is one of 55 state humanities councils. Conceived by a group of University of Wyoming leaders in 1970 and approved by the NEH in 1971. Its mission is to use the public humanities to strengthen Wyoming’s democracy, expand the Wyoming narrative, and promote engaged communities. Wyoming Humanities is an independent nonprofit funded by the NEH, a state legislative appropriation, corporate and foundation grants, and private donations.