TAHLEQUAH — While public-facing operations at the Cherokee Heritage Center remain suspended, the organization is continuing its vital work with support from Oklahoma Humanities.

The heritage center recently received $25,000 through the Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency Grants initiative, which helps support general operations and staff retention throughout the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Oklahoma’s rich and diverse culture would not be what it is today without the generosity and unwavering dedication of Oklahoma Humanities,” said Paul Buckner, interim executive director for the Cherokee Heritage Center. “They continue to shine light in dark times, and through their support, organizations in the humanities and cultural sectors such as ours can find hope beyond this pandemic.”

CHC is one of 35 organizations benefiting from the Oklahoma H.O.P.E. grants, which is providing more than $480,000 in emergency funding to cultural and humanities organizations statewide affected by COVID-19. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000.

"The economic and cultural impact of the arts and humanities in Oklahoma is undeniable,” said Caroline Lowery, executive director of Oklahoma Humanities. “OH is grateful to provide this vital support to ensure local agencies remain resilient, robust and resourced. This emergency funding will help keep Oklahomans employed and cultural organizations afloat."

Funding for the Oklahoma H.O.P.E. Grants initiative was made available by a national cultural stimulus package from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

About Cherokee Heritage Center

The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Park Hill, Oklahoma, it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture. For more information, please visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, ethics, and philosophy. The humanities offer a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values, and meanings of the human experience. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH brings people together to explore these ideas through programming and community grants that support book groups, exhibits, film festivals, teacher institutes, and more. OH engages people in their own communities, providing forums for education, critical thinking, and productive civil discourse.