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Humanities Grants Focused on Recovery

Humanities Grants Focused on Recovery

Colorado Humanities has released guidelines for the 2021 Colorado Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (COSHARP) grants that will open for submission on August 2. Covid has had a lasting impact on the public humanities field across the state, and Colorado Humanities will award funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to meet the needs of organizations doing public humanities work in Colorado. We especially encourage applications from organizations in rural areas and those serving historically underserved communities.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate at least a four-year track record for providing rich and engaging public humanities work that is accessible to the people of Colorado. Organizations may be awarded up to $20,000 in grant funding, and any eligible organization, of any size, may apply.

Grant applications will be accepted from August 2, 2021 through September 10, 2021, and grant awards will be determined by October 15, 2021. Those interested in applying are advised to review FAQs and guidelines at and then contact or 303.894.7951 x21 with any questions.
High Plains Chautauqua Online August 2-5!

Expanding boundaries are portrayed through the life achievements of notable figures like Rosa Parks, Edwin Hubble, and Selena, Tejano music superstar. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Mother Jones, key figures in Colorado coal mining, the United Mine Workers strike, and the Ludlow Massacre in southern Colorado a little more than 100 years ago, will appear on opening night.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, participants will meet the combative and outspoken leader of the Women’s Suffrage movement, Alice Paul. John Deere, with his improved steel plow, and trader/rancher William Bent, both of whom played important roles in Western expansion also join the program. Colorado’s Legendary Ladies will entertain with brief appearances by Dr. Florence Sabin, miner Captain Jack, and Frances Wisebart Jacobs, whose legacy was the forerunner of the United Way. A real treat on closing night will be Doug Mishler, appearing as Nikola Tesla, tortured genius and inventor of alternating current, in what is sure to be an electrifying performance. Each performance will be preceded by a Young Chautauqua Cameo, portrayed by elite performers from Greeley-Evans School District 6. The Young Chautauquan character lineup this year includes Edwin Hubble, Selena, Marie Curie, and Oskar Schindler.

High Plains Chautauqua offers a series of interactive daytime programs online that engage participants in a deeper discussion of the issues presented in the historical context of character portrayals. Programs will stream live on Colorado Humanities and High Plains Chautauqua’s Facebook pages. For more information on how to join the live program to participate in the conversations with characters and
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