The Idaho Humanities Council, the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, recently awarded $60,255 in grants to organizations and individuals. Thirty-four awards include 14 major grants for public humanities programs, one planning grant, 12 opportunity grants, six teacher incentive grants, and one other funded program. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.
In Bonner County, a major grant was awarded to the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint was awarded $2,000 to help support a summer student exchange program that promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music. The El Sistema program includes regular classes during the school year, followed by the summer exchange. Students from Mexico and Europe come to Idaho while Sandpoint students leave Idaho to study abroad. This year’s theme is “Music in Nature,” and includes collaboration with the Kaniksu Land Trust. The summer exchange program includes a series of free public events.
Grant guidelines and application instructions are available on IHC’s website at idahohumanities.org, or by calling 208-345-5346.