Kentucky Humanities Council awards $7,800 in grant funding

The Kentucky Humanities Council recently awarded a total of $7,800 to two Kentucky organizations for public programming.

The Lexington Opera Society will receive $6,600 to take its historical children’s opera, “A Shirt-Tailed Boy Named Abe,” to between 40 and 60 elementary schools across the state. The production focuses on the early years of Abraham Lincoln’s life, when he lived in Kentucky. Through spirited dialogue and song, history unfolds as four friends discuss, argue and act out various moments in Lincoln’s early life — moments that developed the well-known character traits that influenced Lincoln’s behavior while he served as a lawyer, a U.S. Senator and the 16th president of the United States. The Lexington Opera Society has produced a teacher’s guide to complement the opera.

Funding for “A Shirt-Tailed Boy Named Abe” is made possible through KHC’s Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial grant funds. The money will be used to help take the opera on a 12-week tour across the state, which begins in August.

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) will receive $1,200 for its 2009 fall conference, “The Unnatural Nature of Historical Literacy” Sept. 12 at the Eastern Kentucky University Perkins Conference Center. The funds will assist in bringing Dr. Daisy Martin, a highly regarded scholar of history pedagogy from Stanford University, to the conference as the keynote speaker. Martin advocates teaching history with a view toward fundamentally changing how students think. Historical thinking, as articulated by Martin, can promote students capacities for discernment and judgment. Members of the KATH executive committee believe the conference will provoke Kentucky’s history educators to think about teaching in ways that will be extraordinarily valuable to their students at all levels. The conference also includes break-out sessions and a luncheon with speaker Tom Owen, archivist from the University of Louisville.

Since its creation in 1972, the Kentucky Humanities Council, with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, has supported public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth. These programs include, but are not limited to, conferences, lectures, radio and television productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects.

For more information about applying for a minigrant through the Kentucky Humanities Council, click here. The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is proud partners with the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.


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