Between 2006 and 2010, institutions and individuals in Utah received $5.1 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Utah Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage. Below are some examples.
- The Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, received a $300,000 grant to support “Native Voices,” a long-term exhibition of the history of Native Americans in Utah, making use of more than five hundred objects from the museum’s ethnographic collection.
- Experimental philosophy examines how real-world factors affect our thinking about classic philosophical questions. To help twenty-four college instructors apply this approach in the classroom, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, hosted a four-week institute, which was supported by a $182,000 grant.
- Fifteen American teachers of Spanish attended a five-week seminar in Madrid to study Spanish dramatic literature inspired by the art of such masters as Velasquez and Picasso on display at the Prado museum. Faculty from Brigham Young University, Provo, directed the seminar, with support from a $131,000 grant.
- The John Wesley Powell River History Museum received a $5,000 grant to improve archive storage and support staff training in the proper handling of documents and artifacts relating to the settlement of the Green River area.
- A 200-hundred-million-word, fully searchable, web-based historical corpus of American English is being created at Brigham Young University with support from a $200,000 grant. The project will enable researchers to examine semantic and stylistic changes in our national language across numerous text genres over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- The Navajo art of basket weaving was once considered nearly extinct, but in recent decades it has come spinning back to life in new forms that recall traditional Navajo stories. The Utah Museum of Natural History, with support from a $40,000 grant, developed a temporary exhibition, along with a traveling exhibition and catalog, devoted to the new and traditional aspects of this renaissance.
- The Brigham City Museum and Gallery and the University of Utah received grants of $1,000 each to host the traveling exhibition “Wrapped in Pride,” a consideration of kente cloth and the story of its cultural migration from Ghana to the backs of global black luminaries such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Nelson Mandela, and Muhammad Ali.
- 2009 was the centennial year of the birth of Wallace Stegner, great novelist of the western experience. The Utah Humanities Council observed the occasion by supporting a critical monograph and public programs, including an academic symposium on Stegner’s life and work.
- The Venture Course in the Humanities, a program of the Utah Humanities Council modeled on the widely used Clemente program, provides an undergraduate humanities course to economically disadvantaged adults lacking a college education. Classes meet weekly from September through April and include sections on American history, literature, critical thinking, and writing.