Nevada Humanities Awards

Nevada Humanities Awards honor the achievements of extraordinary individuals and organizations for making outstanding contributions to our communities by using the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of the people of Nevada. Awards include the Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, the Humanities Rising Star Award, the Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award, the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, and the Outstanding Humanities Project Award. Awards are given every other year.

Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities
The Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an individual, organization, or business that has made an outstanding and long-term contribution using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of Nevadans. The Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees established this award in 2008 to honor the exemplary work of Judith Winzeler, who served as executive director of Nevada Humanities from 1984 to 2009.

Outstanding Humanities Project Award
The Outstanding Humanities Project Award honors an outstanding humanities project made possible by a Nevada Humanities grant or partnership.

Humanities Rising Star Award
The Humanities Rising Star Award recognizes a person who has made contributions to the humanities in Nevada, and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service in creating a state where people thrive in just and healthy communities, where connection and participation are part of everyday life, and where diverse perspectives are welcomed and valued. This award is given based on the total experience of the nominee, including knowledge, leadership, participation, and/or achievements within their community.

Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award
The Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award recognizes a business, organization, foundation, or individual for exemplary service in helping to advance the humanities in Nevada through partnership, funding, sponsorship, policy making, public advocacy, or other activities.

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
The Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recognizes a Nevada educator, administrator, school district, school, or education program for excellence and innovation in humanities teaching at any level (early childhood, K-12, higher education, lifelong learning).


Congratulations to all of our 2019 Nevada Humanities Awards winners…

Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities
Judith F. Simpson
Claytee D. White

Friend and Champion of the Humanities
Capital City Arts Initiative
Monique Laxalt

Outstanding Humanities Project Award
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
Colene Paradise
Brett M. Van Hoesen

Humanities Rising Star Award
Justin Favela
Melissa Melero-Moose
Vogue M. Robinson
Mark Salinas


Past Nevada Humanities Awardees

Nevada Humanities Award 

1990 Edythe Katz, Boulder City; Robert Maxson, Las Vegas; Eugene Moehring, Las Vegas; Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

1991 Robert Gorrell, Reno; Joanne Walen, Reno; Wilbur Stanley Shepperson, Reno; John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Reno

1992 Wilber Stevens, Las Vegas; Ralph Roske, Las Vegas; R. Guild Gray, Las Vegas

1993 Robert Laxalt, Reno; Elmer Rusco, Reno; Western Folklife Center, Elko

1994 Frank Wright, Las Vegas; Karla McComb, Las Vegas; Jean Ford, Carson, City; KNPR Nevada Public Radio Corporation, Las Vegas; Nevada Shakespeare in the Park, Henderson

1995 Rollan Melton, Reno; William Douglass, Reno; James Hulse, Reno

1996 Junior League of Las Vegas, Las Vegas; Thomas Wright, Las Vegas; Sue Fawn Chung, Las Vegas; Senator Harry Reid, Searchlight

 

1997 Costadina Titus, Las Vegas

1998 Susan Tchudi, Reno; Frank Mullen, Jr., Reno; Catherine Fowler, Reno

1999 Boulder City Museum and Historical Society, Boulder City

2000 Doris Dwyer, Fallon; Charles Greenhaw, Elko; Anne Howard, Reno; Clay Jenkinson, Reno; Stephen Tchudi, Reno; Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno; The E.L. Cord Foundation, Reno

2001 Glenn Schaeffer, Las Vegas; William Metscher, Tonopah; Christopher Hudgins, Las Vegas; Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Las Vegas; Las Vegas Senior Center Humanities Discussion Group, Las Vegas; Howard Hughes Corporation, Las Vegas

2002 Beverly Crum, Earl Crum, and Steven J. Crum, Owyhee; Warren L. d’Azevedo, Reno; William H. Jacobsen, Jr., Reno

2003 Sherman Frederick, Las Vegas

2004 Scott Slovic, Reno

Nevada Arts & Humanities Award for Public Service

(Jointly presented by Nevada Humanities and the Nevada Arts Council)

1999 Senator Richard Bryan, Las Vegas; Senator Harry Reid, Searchlight

2000 Joe Crowley, Reno

2001 Danny Greenspun, Las Vegas

2003 N. Edd Miller, Reno

2004 Costadina Titus, Las Vegas; Ray Rawson, Las Vegas

2011 Joseph E. Dini, Jr., Yerington; William J. Raggio, Reno

2017 Susan Boskoff, Reno

Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities

2008 Judith Winzeler, Reno

2011 Wally Cuchine, Eureka; Sundance Books and Music, Reno

2013 Joe Crowley, Reno; Carol Harter, Las Vegas

2015 Phil Boardman, Reno; Trish Geran, North Las Vegas

2017 Patrick Gaffey, Las Vegas; Marilyn Melton, Reno


 

Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award

2013 Richard Hooker, Las Vegas

2015 Shelley Berkley, Las Vegas; Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, Reno

2017 Linda Duffurena, Denio; Steven Nightingale, Palo Alto, CA

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award

2013 June Sylvester Saraceno, Incline Village

2015 Core Humanities Program, University of Nevada, Reno; Milton Hyams, Incline Village; Jim Roderick, Reno; Kim Russell, Las Vegas

2017 Cheryll Glotfelty, Reno; Gailmarie Pahmeier, Reno

Outstanding Humanities Project Award

2013 Project REAL, Las Vegas; National Automobile Museum, Reno

2015 Holland Project and Sundance Books and Music, Reno; Junior League of Las Vegas, Las Vegas



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