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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: Čhokáta Nážiŋ – The Dakota Language Table

Minnesota

St. Paul, MN – [workshop] Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table workshop examines the Dakota language to understand the interdependent relationships of the land, language, and well-being of the Dakota people. Workshop participants will gain ideas for student engagement, learn hands-on activities, and leave with tools to help replicate the experience in a classroom setting. (Educators)

PROGRAM: Answering America’s Call – Newport News in WWI

Virginia

Newport News, VA – [exhibit] Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I examines the stories of individuals who served locally or lived on the Peninsula and how Newport News became a crucial military port during the war. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I and will remain open from May through December 2018. (Public, Veterans)

PROGRAM: Next Indiana Campfires

Indiana

Statewide, IN – [hiking, adventure] Next Indiana Campfires pairs literature with the outdoors to ignite conversations about Indiana’s future. This program was created in 2016 as part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires initiative, received a Schwartz Prize in 2017, and was granted funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Federation’s “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative. (Public)

PROGRAM: Montana Center for the Book Prize

Montana

Statewide, MO – [reading and discussion, award] The Montana Center for the Book Prize recognizes programs that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming, such as family reading groups that promote youth literacy, reading series that encourage active engagement with the literary arts, or high school workshops that support student participation in slam poetry events. Nominations are being accepted now through July 15, 2018. (Public)

PROGRAM: Montana Center for the Book

Montana

Statewide, MO – [reading and discussion] The Montana Center, a program of Humanities Montana and the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, aims to promote awareness of books, writing, reading, the book arts, publishing and literacy in Montana. (Public)

PROGRAM: The Big Idea

Kansas

Statewide, KS – [resource] The Big Idea, a new feature from Humanities Kansas, connects the people of Kansas with humanities scholarship on current events and national issues. Resources are provided for interested organizations looking to join the movement of ideas by starting inspiring conversation in book clubs, dinner parties, or on movie nights. (Public)

PROGRAM: Envisioning Justice Community Open Houses

Illinois

Selection locations, IL – [varies] Envisioning Justice Open Houses celebrate the culmination of a ten-week session of arts education classes and community discussion programs. These programs are part of the Envisioning Justice initiative created to engage Chicagoans in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration with the goal of imagining a new criminal justice system. (Public)

PROGRAM: Flip for Horseshoe Crabs!

Delaware

Dover, DE – [workshop, discussion] In an effort to merge the worlds of science and the humanities, Delaware Humanities, in partnership with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, hosts a literature discussion and conduct a mock survey on horseshoe crabs. (Public)

PROGRAM: Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

Minnesota

Select locations, MN – [workshop] In this workshop Minnesota Humanities Center showcases how to increase engagement through absent narratives using core strategies and concepts. This workshop is designed for individuals with backgrounds in education, government, or community looking to exchange insights exchange insights through personal stories, conversations, and guided reflections.  (Public)

PROGRAM: Gwendolyn Books Youth Poetry Award

Illinois

Select locations, IL – [award] Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks founded and led an annual Youth Poetry Award from 1970 until her death in 2000. In 2017, the Council revitalized the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards and has partnered with the National Poetry Foundation to conduct the 2018 Award program. (Youth)

DOC FILM: Journey to the Wilderness

Alabama

Mobile, AL – [documentary] The AHF-funded documentary, Journey to the Wilderness, examines acclaimed journalist Frye Gaillard’s reflection on his family’s changing perceptions of the Civil War, its aftermath, and the South over many generations. (Public)

PROGRAM: Water/Ways

Mississippi

Select locations, MS – [traveling exhibit] On May 31, the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Water/Ways will open in Mississippi and will be on display in six communities around the state through May 2019. While on display, this exhibit will offer weekly programming that examines the role of water in all aspects of society. (Public)

PROGRAM: Envisioning Justice

Illinois

Select Locations, IL – [discussion] Envisioning Justice will engage Chicagoans of all neighborhoods, races, and socio-economic backgrounds in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration in local communities. This program will also invite residents to use the arts and humanities to devise strategies for lessening this impact. (Public)

PROGRAM: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

Virginia

Charlottesville, VA – [festival] A celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts for the graduating class of the Folklife Apprenticeship Program and a formal welcome to the new class. (Public)

PROGRAM: Inouye Congressional Papers Archives Program

Hawaii

Honolulu, HI – [varies] The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is working with the University of Hawai‘i’s Hamilton Library and other project principals to hold two public forums, with guided tours on the archival materials from Senator Daniel K. Inouye Congressional papers and related collections. The exhibit at the library will run from April 16 through June 30, 2018. There will be a public forum held on April 22. (Public)

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