MISSOULA – February 29, 2016 - Humanities Montana seeks nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards, to be conferred at a ceremony in Helena on January 26, 2017. The humanities include the study of literature, history, philosophy, languages, religious studies and other disciplines.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 13, 2016.


Nominations should be no more than 1000 words and should address the nominee’s contributions to the humanities. Nominations for both individuals and organizations will be considered. Members of the Humanities Montana board and its staff are not eligible for consideration. Nominations should be e-mailed to info@humanitiesmontana.org or sent to Governor’s Humanities Awards, Humanities Montana, 311 Brantly, Missoula, MT 59812. If you have questions, call (406) 243-6022.

      There are no formal award categories. Nominees are evaluated for achievement in humanities scholarship and programs, efforts to bring new audiences to the humanities, support for humanistic programs through volunteering and providing funding, and more. Four recipients will be chosen for the award.

      Humanities Montana is the state’s independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that supports learning in history, philosophy, literature and other humanities disciplines. Founded in 1972, Humanities Montana provides grants for public humanities programs, statewide Montana Conversation programs, Hometown Humanities, and Montana Center for the Book programs.
     In 2015, Governor Steve Bullock and Humanities Montana recognized six Montanans for their extraordinary work in the humanities. Honorees were Philip Aaberg, Jack Wallace Gladstone, Yvonne Gastineau Gritzner, Kirby Lambert, Dr. Richard E. Littlebear, and William Rossiter. The full history of the awards and past honorees can be found  HERE

“This is an opportunity to celebrate gifted, generous Montanans,” said Ken Egan, Humanities Montana’s executive director.  “The Governor’s Awards are a perfect opportunity to recognize the breadth and depth of humanities talent in the state.”