Wyoming Humanities Awards 2020 Expansion Grants


Wyoming Humanities Awards 2020 Expansion Grants

Laramie, WY-June 16, 2020


Wyoming Humanities (WYH) is pleased to announce the recipients of their Expansion Grants. These grants of up to $10,000 help the state’s cultural sector put on events and develop humanities-based projects that serve their community. The funding for WYH grants programs is provided through an appropriation by the state legislature, passed through the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Grantees provide matching funds and in-kind services that result in nearly $5 additional dollars for each dollar invested by WYH. As cultural programming changes due to COVID-19 concerns, WYH is proud to help organizations continue their important work and plan for future programs. Due to the uncertainty of when public gatherings will safely resume, all dates for public events are subject to change.

2020 Expansion Grant Recipients:

·  Sheridan Community Land Trust received an Expansion grant for “Two-Year Expansion Place-Based History Program.”This project bridges historic education with outdoor recreation opportunities by focusing on sharing place-based history through site-specific activities reflecting on the land and natural resources through historical events. The place-based history program will engage community members with lesser known narratives related to the local and regional heritage and landscapes, while investing in the collective memories to help maintain and expand this unique sense of place. While SCLT hopes to walking and virtual tours as part of their public programming, they are prepared to move solely to digital to accommodate social distancing recommendations.


·  SJP, LLC received a grant for “Dear Sirs: Feature Documentary Film Finishing Funds,” to complete their documentary about the journey of Rock Springs local WWII hero, Sgt Silvio Pedri, and his experience as a Prisoner of War in Germany.


·  Tandem Productions received an Expansion grant for “Don’t Poke the Bear,” a workshop that asks participants of different ages and backgrounds to explore the question: what does it mean to be a good neighbor? Programs are currently planned (but may change depending on social distancing recommendations) for July 6 – 15 in Sheridan, Casper, and(pending) Gillette and Laramie. If this is not possible, they will aim for fall 2020 or, as a last resort, virtual workshops.


·  Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative received an Expansion grant for “Yonder Lies: Unpacking the Myths of Jackson Hole.” These funds will cover costs for the final three episodes of the podcast: “Bear Euthanization,” “The Latinx Community,” and “The Future.” These three will come out in sequential weeks during the second half of June and early July and be available to the enormous influx of people during the summer months.


·  Big Horn Basin Nature & Discovery Center Joint Powers Board received  a grant for “Wyoming Discovery Days: Festival Celebrating Wyoming’s Diverse Folk & Traditional Arts.” This two-day festival will feature the Hear Me Now Storytelling Circle with Hot Springs Pioneer Association and Big Horn Basin Storytelling Guild, musicians and bands, a fine art and folk art sale, Folkmaster Craftsmen tent, artisan and guild demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids with an emphasis on folk art, science and nature. Due to COVID-19, this event has been postponed until 2021.


·  National Orphan Trains Complex received a grant for “Orphan Trains to Wyoming.” This presentation raises awareness about a little-known part of Wyoming history—the Orphan Train movement—in under-served areas. They also hope to draw parallels about immigration and emigration today, as our country faces challenges on how to assimilate people of different national origins. Tentative plans are for:

o  Johnson County Library (Buffalo), Aug. 15, 2 pm

o  Washakie County Library (Ten Sleep) Aug. 17, 5 pm

o  Hot Springs County Library (Thermopolis) Aug.19, 7 pm

o  Fremont County Library (Riverton), Aug. 20, 6 pm


·  Dancers’ Workshop received an Expansion grant for “Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company in Residence at Dancers’Workshop.” The organization will host Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in residence October 4-11, 2020, when they will look at social and ethical issues through the lens of dance. The residency features open rehearsals and performances of BTJ/AZC’s newest work, “What Problem?”, which touches on human rights, political science, political history, and civil rights/liberties.


·  True Troupe received a grant for “Twelfth Night – True Troupe’s Traveling Shakespeare in the Park.”Performances will travel from Cheyenne to Burns, Pine Bluffs, Laramie, and Centennial and feature discussions after the performances. The planned performance dates are Aug. 21-23 and Aug. 28-30. If restrictions prevent performances at this time, they will aim for September and, as a last resort,virtually.


·  Wyoming Equality received an Expansion grant for their “Cultural Competency Program.” This program engages students in analysis of culturally diverse art to explore their own experience sand introduce them to more local resources. This program will tour to different schools throughout Wyoming. Creators will visit GSAs and present their art,followed by analysis which explores and illuminates their challenges. They’ll discuss how art informs LGBTQ life and navigating life in Wyoming.


About Wyoming Humanities

Wyoming Humanities is the Wyoming affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 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, Wyoming Humanities is the oldest state humanities council.T heir 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. Wyoming Humanities is headquartered in Laramie, WY with an office in the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. To learn more about Wyoming Humanities,visit www.thinkwy.org.


Press Contact

Erin Pryor Ackerman

Director of Grants