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Below is a searchable database featuring council programs and grant opportunities. If you see a program you like, click on it to learn more. Check out some of our recent initiatives, such as the Bill of Rights partnership with the National Archives or The Campfires Initiative, a partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes to celebrate its 100th anniversary. You can also filter the database by audience, subject, and council.


The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial

Campfires Initiative

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the state humanities councils partnered with The Pulitzer Prizes to launch a series of "Campfires" across the nation. These events brought more than 200 Pulitzer Prize-winning individuals in person to more than 700 public events, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in digitally.


Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights and You!

Partnership with The National Archives

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives and the Federation partnered to present "The Bill of Rights and You," a pop-up exhibit on the creation of the first ten amendments and their continuing impact today. In total, 35 councils distributed more than 1,300 pop-up exhibits to venues across the country.


Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners



New Orleans, LA – [program] PRIME TIME Head Start in Ouachita Parish brings relentless focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build bright futures for the children, families, and communities served by the Head Start program. (Youth)

PROGRAM: Heroic Women of Our Time Documentary Film Series


Multiple locations, DE – [film] This women’s history month, Delaware Humanities will feature the stories of three heroic women of the 20th century through a three-part documentary film screening. The screenings will take place at different libraries throughout the state of Delaware. (Public)

PROGRAM: Grabbing Your Attention – Informed Citizen’s Guide to Visual and Media Literacy


Statewide, HI – [workshop, digital] This project explores the topic of media literacy through the examination of visual expressions such as editorial cartooning and graphic novels. Public programs, workshops for teachers and the public, and two web-based projects investigate this issue. (Educators, Public)

PROGRAM: Pulitzer Podcast

Statewide, DE – [podcasts] A ten-part series of podcasts that feature scholars and journalists exploring a variety of issues facing Delaware, including healthcare, education, and the environment under the initiative theme, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” (Public)

PROGRAM: New Tomorrow – Immigrant Stories of Kansas


Statewide, KS – [workshop, tour, app] This project explores and expands the ways that journalism is shaping conversations and perceptions of immigrants in Kansas through commissioning immigrant profiles by student journalists, sponsoring community writing workshops, and creating neighborhood walking tours. (Public, Youth)

PROGRAM: Fake News! The Media, The Truth, and our Democracy


Oklahoma City, OK – [lecture] A candid conversation with investigative journalist Carl Bernstein about media literacy, the role of journalism in a functioning democracy, and the lessons learned from his Watergate experience. This program is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. (Public)

PROGRAM: Third Coast Conversations


Statewide, MI – [grant] Third Coast Conversation grants will support a series of statewide public conversations taking place in 20 communities over two years that focus on the cultural, social, historical, and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to their water. This project is an initiative made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Public)

PROGRAM: Stony the Road We Trod…Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy


Statewide, AL – [workshop] The Alabama Humanities Foundation will host 30 schoolteachers from across the country from July 8-28 for an intensive study of the history and legacy of the civil rights movement in Alabama. This program, part of the NEH 2018 Summer Institutes for Teachers, is designed for teachers to expand their knowledge base while honing subject-specific teaching skills. (Teachers, Public)

PROGRAM: Investigating New Jersey

New Jersey

Statewide, NJ – [traveling exhibit, public forums] In conjunction with its Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Water/Ways,” the council will work with Pulitzer Prize finalist Mark Di lonno to examine the connection between scientific inquiry and environmental journalism. Di lonno will facilitate public forums and create a discussion tool kit to coincide with the traveling exhibit. (Public)

PROGRAM: Soul of the City (Democracy & Informed Citizen)

District of Columbia

Washington, DC – [summer workshop] A six-week summer program that gives youth the opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and other leaders in their profession, as well as take enriching field trips, write, draw, and shoot stories, and plan a public program to demonstrate their work. (Youth)

PROGRAM: Common Place


Multiple Locations, MN – [community forums] Three community forums in three different communities with Native American tribal nations will examine how journalism and democracy intersect in communities with both tribal and non-tribal governments. Events will bring together journalists, members of the tribes, and community leaders to discuss the way the media had traditionally represented indigenous people. (Public)

PROGRAM: What Comes to Light


Multiple Locations, AL – [public forums, discussions] A series of public forums hosted in three different Alabama communities geared toward young people and designed to celebrate and explore journalists’ work uncovering stories in 20th and 21st century Alabama. Local reporters and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will offer historic and current perspectives on the role the news media plays in small towns. (Youth, Public)

PROGRAM: Journalism: Now More Than Ever?

South Dakota

Multiple Locations, SD – [forums, lectures, festival] A year-long series of public forums and keynote events culminating with the South Dakota Festival of the Book featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. Events will cover the challenges of interpreting news. (Public)

PROGRAM: Democracy and the Informed Citizen


Multiple Locations, TX – [lectures, workshops, teacher institutes] A series of public lectures by high-profile Pulitzer Prize-winning historians that are open to the public and to teachers attending council-sponsored teacher institutes. Also includes a one-day media literacy workshop for teachers and a month-long exhibition examining photos and videos by Pulitzer winners. (Teachers, Public)

PROGRAM: The Anatomy of Change

New York

New York City, NY – [panel] A four-part series of public programs that presents a “forensic” approach to the examination of Pulitzer Prize works of non-fiction with author panels organized around provocative themes: migration & housing, climate change, racial discrimination, & truth and lies in politics. (Public)