Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cherokee Heritage Center Awarded Grant

The Cherokee Heritage Center (CHC) is being awarded an $8,500 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation. The grant will be used to expand CHC’s award-winning Cultural Outreach Program by providing free services within Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair, LeFlore, Latimer and Haskell counties.

The CHC’s Cultural Outreach Program aims to engage and enlighten participants, inspire curiosity and foster learning through hands-on art classes, interactive theatrical storytelling and cultural presentations. For more information, contact Gina Burnett at 918-456-6007 ext.6144 or by email at

“We are so pleased to be receiving this grant and are looking forward to utilizing it to further our reach in northeast Oklahoma,” said Candessa Tehee, Cherokee Heritage Center executive director. “These funds will allow us to continue our work promoting Cherokee culture so our history and traditions may thrive for generations to come.”

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy, and arts and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma counties. For more information, visit

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