What Are The Public Humanities?

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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

PROGRAM: PRIME TIME Family Reading Time®


Ongoing – [statewide] PRIME TIME Family Reading Time is a six week reading, discussion, and storytelling program for children and their families. It is held at schools and public libraries throughout the Commonwealth. (Reading & Discussion)

PROGRAM: Speakers Bureau


Ongoing – [statewide] From unique Kentucky cuisine, bourbon, and music to politics, Kentucky culture, and African American history, the Speakers Bureau features a fantastic group of the Commonwealth’s finest scholars, historians, writers, and poets. These speakers travel to schools and community organizations throughout the state delivering their talks. (Presentation)

PROGRAM: Think Humanities Podcast


Ongoing – [statewide] A podcast for people who love history, philosophy, culture, literature, civic dialogue, and the arts. Hosted by Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman, new episodes are released each Wednesday. (Other)

PROGRAM: Think Humanities Vlog


Ongoing – [statewide] What are the humanities? What programs and services are offered by Kentucky Humanities? Find out the answered to these questions and more in episodes of Think Humanities. (Other)

RESOURCE: Kentucky Humanities Magazine


Ongoing – [resource] Timely, thoughtful, and entertaining — Kentucky Humanities is a unique magazine about Kentucky’s people, culture, and history. See Kentucky’s Story unfold in each issue of Kentucky Humanities. Issues are published each spring and fall. (Publication, Resource)

PROGRAM: Kentucky Book Fair


Nov. 18, 2017 – [Lexington] The Kentucky Book Fair, now in its 36th year, is Kentucky’s premier annual literary event. Featuring more than 175 authors from Kentucky and around the country, the book fair connects readers of all ages with well-known writers and new favorites. (Book Fair)



Nov. 17, 2017 – [Lexington] A day-long event dedicated to Kentucky students in grades 3 through 12. More than 800 Kentucky students will interact with 30+ children’s and young adult authors. (Festival)

PROGRAM: KY Hometown Teams


2017-18 – [statewide] Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. Kentucky Humanities will sponsor Hometown Teams at 15 sites throughout the Commonwealth.
(Smithsonian, Hometown Teams, Exhibit)

GRANT: KY Minigrants


Ongoing – [statewide] Minigrants support public programs in the humanities throughout the Commonwealth, including conferences, lectures, radio and video productions, exhibits, teacher training and development of curricular materials, interpretive programs for festivals, book discussions, and planning for future projects (funding up to $1,500 available). (Grant Opportunity)

PROGRAM: Aunt Jemima and the Complexities of Race


Sept. 21-22, 2017 – [Lexington] A community conversation that will begin with a shortened Kentucky Chautauqua® presentation of Kentucky’s Nancy Green (a.k.a. Aunt Jemima) portrayed by actress Debra Faulk. (Conversation, Performance)

RESOURCE: New Books for New Readers


Ongoing – [resource] A series of books written at the 4th grade reading level for adult literacy students. The 64-page books are written by scholars with the help of literacy students and their tutors, and cover topics in Kentucky history, literature, and folklore. (Book Discussion,

PROGRAM: Center for Washington Cultural Traditions


2017 – [statewide] The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is Washington State’s folklife and traditional arts program, developed and run in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA. (Performance, Varies)

PROGRAM: “C” is for Crossroads


Aug. 4, 2017 – [Kansas City] A family-friendly scavenger hunt held in the KC Crossroads Arts District. (Other)

PROGRAM: Alaska State Writer Laureate


2016 to 2018 – [statewide] Congratulations to Ernestine Hayes, current Writer Laureate. Her project is “Container of Stories,” a writing workshop available across the state. (Workshop, Award)

PROGRAM: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival


Mar. 24-26, 2017 – [Pittsburgh] The Second Pittsburgh Humanities Festival focused on humanities, arts, and community development. (Festival)