The Federation of State Humanities Councils was honored to partner with The Pulitzer Prizes in 2016 to launch the Campfires initiative across the country in celebration of the Pulitzer Centennial. Forty-six member councils participated in the initiative, which resulted in more than 700 public events featuring 200 in-person Pulitzer Prize winners and another 150 through their works. The councils partnered with more than 400 different local organizations including schools, universities, libraries, theaters, parks, foundations, banks, media outlets (print, online, and broadcast), museums, and historical societies to spread awareness about the Pulitzer Prizes and inspire audiences (new and existing) with the worlds of excellent journalism, arts, and letters through tailored programs. In total, more than 78,000 people attended live events with hundreds of thousands more tuning in digitally via social, online and radio/TV broadcasts.
Ranging from workshops to lectures, from reading and discussion groups to performances and exhibits, and from nature hikes to movie screenings, the state humanities councils used a variety of program formats to appeal directly to their communities. Subjects centered on the many types of journalism including investigative reporting, editorial cartooning, international reporting, breaking news, and photojournalism, as well as literature, drama, and music.
To view individual council’s Pulitzer Prizes programs, please click on the relevant state abbreviation.
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP:
Inspired by James L. Carey, the late professor of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, who, as reported by The New York Times in his obituary, saw journalism as society’s “collective campfire storytelling,” the Campfires Initiative sought to bring together and engage diverse communities, spark conversations, and illustrate the value of the arts and the humanities that both the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation embody. The initiative is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and John L. Knight Foundation, as well as Columbia University, home to the Pulitzer Prizes.