Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize

The Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize is awarded annually to up to three programs for outstanding work in the public humanities. The Schwartz Prize is funded through an endowment from former Federation board members Helen and Martin Schwartz. The winners and nominees are recognized each year at the Schwartz Prize awards ceremony at the National Humanities Conference.

Throughout its 28-year history, the Schwartz Prize nominations have given us an invaluable snapshot of council priorities and achievements. The nominating statements have revealed the evolution of council work as it has expanded from grant-making to council-conducted programming to yet more sophisticated forms of public humanities work. The nominations showcase some of the most imaginative and important work councils are currently undertaking or supporting.

The Schwartz Prize is awarded to councils for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states. Such programs may include new types of participants, unique or far-reaching collaborations, capacity-building efforts, new uses of technology, or demonstrated sustainability.