Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Missouri Humanities Council

  • St. Louis, MO
  • www.mohumanities.org

Mission Statement

To create a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society by supporting and presenting humanities-based projects that serve and benefit the people of Missouri.

Main Programs

  1. READ from the START
  2. Veterans Programming
  3. Heritage Tourism
Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2015

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Mr. William S. Belko

Keywords

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MHC, the Council, Humanities Council, Humanities Awards

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EIN

43-1103937

 Number

2140431320

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments from FY 14: The MHC Veterans' Creative Writing Initiative continued to grow with workshops at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, readings at the St. Louis Public Library, and the publication of the third anthology of writing by veterans and their families.READ from the START: The Council's flagship program continued to increase programs and participation in the Kansas City Area. This program reached 1,961 families in FY-2014, encouraging and guiding parents of young children to begin reading early in life to foster a lifelong love of books and an appreciation for the power of stories.MHC increased regional awareness through "Notable Missourians"—30-second spots broadcast on all PBS stations in Missouri over the past year. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt narrated the first two spots on historic Missourians, including: George Washington Carver, Molly Brown, and Walt Disney (among others).MHC expanded the re-granting program, which offers grants of up to $10,000 for Missouri-based organizations engaged in humanities-based programs or projects. The guidelines were updated to make awards available to even more organizations throughout the state, with an added 33% increase to the budget.Traveling Exhibitions: MHC offered another full year of touring throughout Missouri of a major traveling exhibition: A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri, accompanied by ""Civil War Stories,"" a program for families that explores the Civil War through books and conversation. Goals for FY 15: Expand veterans programs to include new writing workshops in Kansas City; reach rural communities via online systems; begin screen-writing workshops in partnership with the Division of Tourism's Film Office.Establish and expand a "Heritage Tourism Initiative"" to increase public programs, workshops, and travel along the Missouri German Heritage Corridor and the Highway 36 Corridor.Double the reach of current grant programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

READ from the START

READ from the START (RFTS) teaches parents and caregivers how to engage their young children with books, language, and storytelling. RFTS distributes seven books to participating parents/guardians/caregivers and presents two, 90-minute workshops in a two-week span. This program is offered free of cost to all participants, with special care given to reach underserved/undereducated parents and caregivers. Each workshop is led by MHC-certified discussion leaders trained to offer guidance in reading to small children in ways that engage the child's imagination and interest. RFTS responds to the needs of an ever-increasing number of undereducated, poor, young (and often single) parents, many of whom do not own books.Since it began in 1996, RFTS has grown into the program for which MHC is most widely known--highly acclaimed across Missouri by both parents and host organizations, including: libraries, Head Starts, Parents as Teachers, teen parent programs, women's shelters, and many others.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Veterans Programming

In August of 2011, MHC began offering a series of 90-minute creative writing workshops at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. These workshops were/are led by a contingent of volunteer writers and poets from the St. Louis community and coordinated by Rita Reichert, an occupational therapist at Jefferson Barracks. Following an evaluation of the pilot project in November 2011, the workshops were instituted as a regular part of the Occupational Therapy program at Jefferson Barracks and a second series of workshops began on February 2, 2012. It was the success of these workshops that inspired MHC and the Warriors Arts Alliance to publish an anthology of collected works from Veterans and Veterans' families from all across the country. Volume 1 of the anthology, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, was released on Veterans' Day 2012 to great success, winning the Stars and Flags Book Award Gold Medal. This project continues to evolve with readings at public libraries and workshops across the state. Volume 3 was published in November 2014. Volume 4 will be published in November 2015.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Heritage Tourism

Missouri has a rich cultural heritage and abundant natural scenery. MHC's heritage tourism program will use this wealth to create a series of heritage corridors, areas, and trails across the state—integrating them into a comprehensive, statewide heritage tourism package that will bolster local economies. The program will offer each county a comprehensive inventory of its cultural resources, a plan for implementation, interpretation, and maintenance, and increased access to public and private funding sources. Extensive partnerships will help identify, interpret, and promote the cultural heritage assets of each county.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Funding for READ from the STARTFunding for Veterans ProgrammingFunding for administrative expensesIn-kind book donationsIn-kind exhibit space donations

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MISSOURI HUMANITIES COUNCIL
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Missouri Humanities Council

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. William S. Belko

BIO

The Board of Directors of MHC appointed William S. Belko (Steve) as its Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015. He replaced Interim Executive Director Jim Weidman, who has returned to his role as Development Director. Belko joined the Missouri Humanities Council in January 2015, relocating to his home state of Missouri from Florida, where he was a history professor at the University of West Florida. Belko holds a Ph. D. from Mississippi State University. He has published three books and numerous articles and chapters particular to early American studies.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Louis Riggs

Hannibal-LeGrange College

Term: Nov 2014 - Oct 2016

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