Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc.

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • www.okhumanities.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.

Main Programs

  1. Museum on Main Street
  2. Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma!
  3. Literature & Medicine
  4. Oklahoma Humanities Magazine
  5. Community Grants
Service Areas

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Oklahoma

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer since 2006

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Ann Thompson

Co Principal Officer

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David Pettyjohn

Keywords

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humanities,education,teacher,adults,public,program,culture,books,community,medicine,literature,community,enrichment,heritage

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EIN

73-0951965

 Number

0552935165

Also Known As

Oklahoma Humanities

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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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The Oklahoma Humanities Council goals for the next five years are to 1) promote high-value programming 2) reach diverse audiences 3) maintain a strong fiscal position 4) maintain a dedicated and effective Board of Trustees; and 5) enhance the visibility and awareness of the council.

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

Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MOMS) is a cultural project that serves rural America. OHC partners with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) to bring national touring exhibits to small Oklahoma communities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$14,435.00

Program 2

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma!

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma is a reading program designed to engage participants in discussion through readings in the humanities. It is uniquely able to reach small communities throughout the state and provide quality products through scholar-led discussions. The program is based on the premise that reading and discussing books fosters a sense of community as participants exchange ideas and acquire new perspectives. Each reading program has five books in the series and last an average of two months.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$69,280.00

Program 3

Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine is a humanities reading and discussion program for health care professionals. The program was created to give participants an opportunity to reflect on their roles and relationships in the health care community and society through literature. By improving the way in which medical professionals view their role in their health care institution, Literature and Medicine indirectly improves the entire health care community, from the patient to the head of surgery. The program is open to all professionals in the hospital community and diversity in participants (nurses, custodians, staff, and doctors) will be encouraged.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,925.00

Program 4

Oklahoma Humanities Magazine

Oklahoma Humanities magazine functions as an official OHC program with content that reflects the organization's strategic goals of education and community building. The content serves strategic plan objectives; discussion that facilitates community connections and each individual's understanding of their place within the human experience; the creation of humanities content; and engagement of scholars with the public. Oklahoma Humanities magazine is printed three times a year and has a circulation of 10,500.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$32,335.00

Program 5

Community Grants

OHC grants encourage cultural programming on the local level across the state. Eligible projects must support the council's mission to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. To fulfill the mission of OHC, funded projects should fall under at least one of the following grant categories: 1) The Human Experience: These projects explore culture and history through time and place. 2) We the People: These projects explore cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious diversity. 3) The Public Square: These projects explore current events, divergent opinions, public policy, civics, or justice. Projects may be structured in a variety of ways: discussion programs, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

The Oklahoma Humanities Council receives approximately 70% of its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These funds are used for administration and regrants. Funds are solicited for council programs through various means; i.e. annual campaign, grantwriting, and sponsorships.

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Financials

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Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc.
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ann Thompson

Co Principal Officer

David Pettyjohn

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Susan McCarthy

Wells Fargo

Term: Nov 2014 - Oct 2016

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