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49 state humanities councils are participating in "Democracy and the Informed Citizen," a nationwide initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and conducted in partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes. The initiative explores what it means to be an informed citizen through a variety of public programs for all ages featuring scholars, community organizations, journalists, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

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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.

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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.

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PROGRAM: We Are One

Utah

Salt Lake City, UT – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2014] We Are One offers an example of a new approach to public humanities work, one befitting the 21st century. Organic, grassroots, intentionally temporary but with an impact that is likely to endure, We Are One is an example of the public humanities as a catalyst, igniting conversations and other projects out of the control or domain of the original partnership. This program has been archived. (Youth, K-12)

PROGRAM: Idea Lab Summer Institute

Oregon

Portland, OR – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2014] Idea Lab is a three-day residential institute where Oregon high school teachers and 125-150 rising seniors from across the state explore the pursuit of happiness through workshops, lectures, films, and discussions. This program has been archived. (Youth, Educators, K-12)

PROGRAM: #QR1863

Kansas

Statewide, KS – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2014] In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Quantrill’s Raid, community volunteers used Twitter to live-tweet Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, KS. To stage the reenactment, fifty-one historical first person accounts – raiders, survivors, and victims – were connected through hashtag #QR1863. This project was coordinated by a team including the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence Public Library, Commemorate Lawrence 1863, Lawrence Social Media Club, and the Kansas Humanities Council. This program has been archived. (Public)

GRANT: General Information

Virginia

Virginia Humanities accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public humanities programs for audiences in Virginia. Visit the council’s website to learn more about the types of grants offered, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines. (Public)

PROGRAM: #UnmaskingCville

Virginia

Charlottesville, VA – [workshop] Based on the 2017 series, “The Unmasking: Race & Reality in Richmond,” #UnmaskingCville is a free three-day solution-centered dialogue about dismantling racism while promoting equity and inclusion, led entirely by Charlottesville youth and young adults. (Public, Youth)

DOC/FILM: The Harvest

Alabama

Birmingham, AL – [presentation/lecture, discussion, film] Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery By Another Name, will discuss his new documentary film, The Harvest, in Birmingham on Thursday, July 12, at Ramsay High School. This event is free and open to the public. (Public)

PROGRAM: Museum on Main Street

Maryland

Select locations, MD – [exhibit] Small communities come together to experience, share, and celebrate their heritage through the interactive Museum on Main Street traveling exhibitions. Each host site engages in capacity building activities, develops complementary exhibits and programs, and builds relationships with community partners. (Rural Communities)

PROGRAM: Pathways Magazine – Issues that Affect and Engage Ohioans

Ohio

Statewide, OH – [magazine publication] Pathways magazine is Ohio Humanities’ award-winning flagship publication. Delivering richly illustrated and timely articles, Pathways helps Ohioans interpret the past, imagine the future, and define individual values. Each issue delivers a humanities perspective on issues that affect the lives and engage the minds of Ohioans. (Public)

PROGRAM: Before Your Time Podcast Series

Vermont

Statewide, VT – [podcast] Before Your Time is presented by the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Humanities Council, and edited and distributed by VTDigger. Every episode, the cast goes inside the stacks at the Vermont Historical Society to look at an object from its permanent collection that reveals something unique about the state. (Public).

PROGRAM: Crossroads in America

Georgia

Various locations, GA – [exhibit] Crossroads: Change in Rural America, a Museum on Main Street exhibition will tour the state of Georgia in 2019 and 2020. Museum on Main Street is a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution that provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. (Rural Communities).

PROGRAM: Traveling Exhibits

Tennessee

Various locations – [exhibit] Humanities Tennessee facilitates statewide tours of traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, as well as, smaller, state-specific exhibits. (Rural Communities, Public)

PROGRAM: Museum Conference Scholarships

Tennessee

Statewide, TN – [conference, professional development] Humanities Tennessee has offered scholarships for volunteers of small or emerging to attend the Tennessee Association of Museums’ annual conference. (Public

PROGRAM: RI Expansion Arts

Rhode Island

Statewide, RI – [resource] Supported by a collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Expansion Arts, offers funding and technical assistance to community-based arts and humanities organizations in the form of consultation time, administrative support, and peer group work. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Think & Drink 2018–19: Journalism and Justice

Oregon

Portland, OR – [discussion] The 2018-19 Think & Drink series presents four provocative conversations about journalism and justice. Join renowned writers at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland to explore questions relating to white nationalism, militia movements, war, police violence, and mass incarceration. 

PROGRAM: The Soul of America with John Grisham

Virginia

Charlottesville, VA – [lecture] Virginia Humanities, in partnership with New Dominion Bookshop, will host an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, as he speaks about his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. New York Times bestselling author John Grisham will moderate the discussion. (Public)

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