Humanities Nebraska Awards Nearly $309,000 in Pandemic Relief Grants

Nebraska Access, Community Vitality, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide

Humanities Nebraska recently provided an additional $308,956 in relieft grants to 74 humanities organizations across Nebraska, each of which continues to battle the challenges of the novel cornavirus pandemic.  This funding was made possible by a special distribution to HN from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which in turn was matched by an anonymous funder.

As a demonstration of the continuing financial struggles of cultural institutions serving local communities during the pandemic, more than $650,000 in support was requested during the two week application window.

“Humanities Nebraska is grateful to our partners at the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, who recognized the continuing operational challenges facing cultural nonprofits who have endured prolonged closures, reduced revenues, and other factors due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated HN executive director Chris Sommerich. “This support, along with the generous match from a funder who wishes to remain anonymous, is enabling these local groups to retain staff, pay bills and provide programming as we all find our way forward.”

“The Nebraska Cultural Endowment board of directors met in a special session to determine how best to support the sustainability of the cultural sector, in light of the pandemic’s continued impact,” added NCE executive director Kyle Cartwright. “They were unanimous in their desire to support Nebraska’s humanities organizations in sustaining operations.”

The NCE board approved a similar distribution to the Nebraska Arts Council to support Nebraska’s arts organizations.

Below is the entire list of organizations awarded new grants, and the award amounts:

African Culture Connection, $5,000

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, $2,500

Antelope County Historic Society, $3,500

Asian Community and Cultural Center, $3,000

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, $5,000

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, $2,093

Blixt Locally Grown, $2,500

Bluebarn Theater, $5,000

Bluebird Cultural Initiative, $3,500

Bright Lights, $3,750

Brownville Fine Arts Association, $1,000

Brownville Historical Society, $5,000

Buffalo County Historical Society, $7,500

Crane River Theater Company, $5,000

Creighton University, $2,500

Custer County Historical Society, $2,500

Douglas County Historical Society, $5,000

El Museo Latino, $6.500

Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, $2,500

Flatwater Shakespeare Company, $4,000

Fontenelle Forest, $2,500

Fort Atkinson Foundation, $1,000

Fremont Area Art Association, $1,000

Friends of the Homestead, $7,500

Friends of the International Quilt Study Center, $5,000

Friends of the Midwest Theater, $7,500

Front Street Cowboy Museum, $6,000

Gage County Historical Society, $7,500

Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, $2,400

Golden Spike Tower, $5,000

Great Plains Black History Museum, $5,000

Great Plains Theatre Conference, $5,000

Great Plains Welsch Heritage Centre, $750

Hall County Historical Society, $3,000

Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, $4,640

Historical Bryant House, $5,000

Historical Society of Ravenna, $1,500

History Nebraska, $7,500

John G. Neihardt Foundation, $7,500

Johnson County Nebraska Historical Society, $3,000

Joslyn Art Museum, $4,000

Kearney Area Children’s Museum, $1,000

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, $7,500

Legacy of the Plains, $7,500

Lincoln Children’s Museum, $1,000

Lincoln County Historical Society, $4,600

Malone Center, $5,000

Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, $7,500

MRB Lewis & Clark Visitors Center, $5,000

Nebraska Indian Education Association, $7,500

Nebraska Wesleyan University, $5,232

Nebraska Writers Collective, $3,218

Norfolk Arts Center, $5,000

Nuckolls County Historical Society, $5,623

Omaha Children’s Museum, $1,000

Omaha Community Playhouse, $2,500

Omaha Girls Rock, $2,000

Omaha Symphony, $2,500

Pierce Historical Society, $2,400

Plainsman Museum, $5,000

Platte Valley Literacy Association, $2,500

Prairie Arts Center, $2,500

Rablle Mill, $4,000

Robert Henri Museum and Historical Walkway, $4,000

Robert M. Merry Man Performing Arts Center, $3,750

Sheldon Art Association, $4,000

Strategic Air and Space Museum, $5,000

Stuhr Museum Foundation, $7,500

Table Rock Historical Society, $2,500

The Durham Museum, $7,500

UNION for Contemporary Art, $6,500

University of Nebraska State Museum, $2,509

Weeping Water Valley Histroical Society, $1,000

Wessels Living Historical Farm, $5,000