Oklahoma Humanities Council announces awardees

Four individuals and one organization will be honored at the Oklahoma Humanities Council's dinner in March.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 30, 2012

Pioneer Library System will receive the Community Leadership Award for its innovative and successful Big Read program featuring Amy Tan's novel “The Joy Luck Club.” The three-month program included scholar-led panel discussions, film screenings, professional storytelling and children's literature programs throughout Cleveland, Pottawatomie and McClain counties.

Richard A. Grounds, director of the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project, will receive the Humanities in Education Award for his achievements in language preservation. Grounds' work includes inventing a practical alphabet for Euchee, as well as setting up daily children's language classes for preschoolers, older children, teens and adult community classes. He has taken education well beyond the classroom by addressing native language issues in tribal preschools, tribal meetings, churches and at ceremonial gatherings.

Five Tribes Story Conference will be recognized as Outstanding OHC Project, an award that honors public programming made possible by an Oklahoma Humanities Council program or grant. Sponsored by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, the two-day conference offered the sharing of ideas, creativity, knowledge, and understanding from some of America's top Indian storytellers, authors, historians, musicians and academics to an underserved area of Oklahoma.

Reservations for the dinner are $85 per person and can be made by going to www.okhumanities.org/oklahoma-humanities-awards. For more information, call the Oklahoma Humanities Council at 235-0280.