The deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 18, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Nominations to the 2022 Schwartz Prize is now open! Throughout its history, the prize has recognized a slate of outstanding public humanities programs from state and territorial councils, and we are thrilled to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Humanities Programming this year.

About the Prize

The Schwartz Prize was established by Helen and Martin Schwartz in the early 1980s and was designed to bring recognition to outstanding public humanities programs. An outside panel of judges, typically selected from council board members, executive directors, and program officers who have recently won Schwartz Prizes, is appointed to review and judge the Prize nominations. Up to three councils are awarded the Schwartz Prize every year in a special ceremony at the National Humanities Conference. The first prize was awarded to the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities (now the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities) in 1982 for their project: “The Trinity Humanities Series: The Dramatic Work as a Historical, Cultural Document.”

Helen and Martin Schwartz


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Past Winners

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Minnesota Humanities Center – “How Can We Breathe”

Nevada Humanities – “Humanities Heart to Heart”


Scwartz Prize for 2019 Programming

California Humanities – “Library Innovation Lab” | Vermont Humanities – “Vermont Reads 2019: March: Book One

Schwartz Prize for Rapid Response, COVID-19 Programming

Humanities Washington – “Cabin Fever Questions” | Humanities Texas – “Teacher Professional Development Programs”


Humanities Guåhan – “Taking Root: Growing Youth Empowerment for Island Sustainability”

Ohio Humanities – “Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio”


Mississippi Humanities – “Racial Equity Grant Program”

Oregon Humanities – “This Land”

Mississippi Humanities 2018 Nominee
Oregon Humanities 2018 Nominee


Indiana Humanities – “Next Indiana Campfires”