“The series drew attendance that was 25-to-50% higher than our usual program attendance and reached an audience that we normally do not reach in our programming—male non-library-users. The response to the series was overwhelmingly positive and the participants are eager for more lectures.”
Karen LaRocca-FelsProject Director, Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series
The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to provide leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.
The New York Council was founded in 1975 and asks the question: What does it mean to be human? The humanities teach us how, not what, to think; they help us form and articulate our ideas and beliefs. Involvement in humanities subjects develops critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, communication and problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation. They help us talk about and understand the ideas that define us as individuals and connect us as communities.
In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.
More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.
Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.
Councils launch programs geared towards summer, American history, food safety, the outdoors, and youth in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Eight state humanities councils received a total of more than $1.4 million from NEH’s Humanities in the Public Square to conduct programs across the nation.