LEWISTON, Idaho – Two Lewis-Clark State College organizations received grants recently from the Idaho Humanities Council to help enhance public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in the state.
The LC State Native American Club received a $2,000 grant for support of the college’s Native American Awareness Week, which will take place in March 16-20, 2020. The week includes powwows, presentations by speakers and panels, storytelling, a banquet, and awards. The event, which is in its 34th year, is designed for the general public and the college to increase awareness of historical and contemporary issues of Native American culture. Tribal sovereignty, health, and Indian education are often among the topics covered during the week.
Also, LC State students in the Project in Public History class, taught by history professor Amy Canfield, will develop a mural interpreting the history of women’s suffrage. Beautiful Downtown Lewiston received the $1,000 grant and will partner with the students. The mural will be installed in time for a reception during Arts & Humanities Month in October 2020, and public lectures will be offered. Canfield is one of the organizers of the Women’s History Month activities on campus and also received the Idaho Brightest Stars award in 2019 for her volunteer work.
The Idaho Humanities Council awarded $115,122 to 42 grants, which were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council's Endowment for Humanities Education.