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Nevada Humanities Opens 2017 Awards Nominations


Nevada Humanities Awards 2015
The 2015 Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, presented to Trish L. Geran and UNR Professor of English Phil Boardman. Photo: UNR

Nominations are open for the 2017 Nevada Humanities Awards, which honors outstanding individuals and organizations dedicated to the humanities.

Every other year the statewide Nevada Humanities organization awards four different honors, all promoting human experience and striving to enhance opportunities for Nevadans to engage with the humanities.

Awardees, selected from the nominations and finalized by members of the Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees, are honored at a special ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on March 30.

“We encourage people from all across Nevada to identify individuals and organizations in their communities that have enriched their lives with literature, history, culture, outstanding teaching, and all elements of the humanities,” commented Christina Barr, executive director. “It is the important work and legacies of these Nevadans that we want to honor with these awards.”

The 2017 Nevada Humanities Awards include:

  • Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, which recognizes an individual, organization, or business that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution by using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of Nevadans;
  • Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award, which recognizes a business, organization, foundation, or individual for exemplary service in helping to advance the humanities in Nevada through partnership, funding, sponsorship, policy making, or other activities;
  • Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, which recognizes a Nevada educator, administrator, school district, or education program for excellence and innovation in humanities teaching at any level (early childhood, K-12, higher education, lifelong learning); and
  • Outstanding Humanities Project Award, which honors an outstanding humanities project made possible by a Nevada Humanities grant or partnership for projects that took place between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016.

An individual or organization can choose to nominate for each award, however the Outstanding Humanities Project Award may only be nominated by the project’s sponsoring organization. Multiple nominations may be submitted in the same or different award categories. Awardees will be notified in early February 2017. The awards will be presented in a special ceremony in Carson City on March 30, 2017, and all awardees must be present to receive their awards.

The postmark deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2017. For the complete nomination instructions, visit http://nevadahumanities.org/programs/nevada-humanities-awards. For a list of past Humanities Awardees, visit http://www.nevadahumanities.org/nevada-humanities-awards/nevada-humanities-awards-past-awardees.

For details and questions, contact Nevada Humanities at 775-784-6587 or visit nevadahumanities.org.

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Erin Meyering
Erin Meyering
Erin Meyering is the Communications Specialist at Carson Tahoe Health. She previously worked as the Associate Editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine. After graduating from the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2014, she avidly pursued making writing and designing her career. On top area freelancing, she enjoys spending time doing yoga and hiking with her 75-lb lab/boxer mix, Biscotti.