Maggie's Minute: A Colorado Humanities Update, Nov. 25

In giving, we grow in generosity and understanding.

In thanks-giving, we celebrate! In thanks-giving, we pay it forward.

It’s no wonder that harvest festivals around the world, down through the ages and to the present day, are, in company with our own Thanksgiving, times of sharing and thanks. It’s often said that it’s more beneficial to give than to receive, and I’ll be the first to say that giving is one of the most important human activities. To receive, however, is tightly tied to gratitude, perhaps the most important human feeling. And gratitude propels the other most important human activity, giving thanks.

For anyone who missed the exhibit at Waldon Ponds Wildlife Habitat in Boulder, the poetry and artwork of the Boulder County student winners of our 2014 River of Words competition are now in the main lobby display case of the Boulder County Parks and Open Space office, 5201 St. Vrain Road in Longmont. These wonderful examples of student creativity and perspicacity will be on view there through Dec. 31.

Dec. 9 is Colorado Gives Day, the annual, statewide online fundraising event for Colorado nonprofits. Make our 40th anniversary special, and contribute to Colorado Humanities though our profile on Dec. 9, or go there now and schedule a donation to be made on Dec. 9.

Share the news with students you know! Letters About Literature, the national writing competition for elementary, middle and high school students that we administer in Colorado, is still accepting submissions. Do you know a student who has been impressed by reading an author’s work? To enter Letters About Literature, we ask students to imagine what they might like to say to inspiring authors and then write letters to them. Students can enter their letters in the competition to be reviewed by national judges through the Library of Congress, and again at the state level by our Colorado judges. We’ll publish winning Colorado student work in a perfect-bound anthology, and celebrate student achievement during our Student Literary Awards next spring. Check out our web page for more info on how to enter. Two deadlines are still open: Dec. 15, 2014 for Grades 9-12, and Jan. 15, 2015 for Grades 4-8. Please spread the word!

We’ve extended the deadline for entering the 2015 Colorado Book Awards to Jan. 2, 2015. Authors, editors, poets, illustrators, photographers, publishers! Highlight Colorado’s literary achievement by entering your books. We also continue to accept applications for participation for volunteers to help judge for the awards.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Maggie Coval, Executive Director

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