Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners

PROGRAM: Move in Closer


Statewide, PA – [varies] Pennsylvania Humanities Council in partnership with Leadership Philadelphia launched “Move in Closer” a series of activities to celebrate Leadership Philadelphia’s 60th anniversary. “Move in Closer” activities will be documented and produced for broadcast by Philadelphia public radio station WHYY and covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer on multiple platforms. These activities are partially funded through an NEH Chairman’s Grant. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Journalism and Resident Engaged Community Development


Chester and Carlisle, PA – [radio, conversation] The council will work with its civic engagement partners to develop programs that focus on how journalists, artists, historians, and residents engaged in community development projects tell a community story and motivate change. (Public)

PROGRAM: Teen Reading Lounge


Statewide, PA – [reading and discussion] The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) has expanded its award-winning Teen Reading Lounge program to twelve sites, including eight libraries across the state and four out-of-school-time sites in Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to leverage the humanities as a tool for positive youth development, with an emphasis on engaging low-income youth and youth of color. (Youth)

PROGRAM: Pennsylvania Heart & Soul Communities


Carlisle, Meadville, and Williamsport, PA – [resource] Incorporating humanities elements into community planning using Orton Family Foundation’s Heart & Soul method. (Public)

PROGRAM: Chester Made


Chester, PA – [varies] A humanities based-initiative that recognizes and promotes arts and culture as a force for community revitalization. This summer Pennsylvania Humanities Council will host, Camp LegaCy: Making My Museum, a three-day humanities program open to rising 8th – 12th graders to explore the history of Chester. (Youth/Teen, K-12)

PROGRAM: Penn Veteran’s Upward Bound Partnership


Philadelphia, PA – [professional development] The University of Pennsylvania’s Veterans Upward Bound program, in partnership with Pennsylvania Humanities Council, serves Philadelphia-area veterans seeking to regain learning skills and prepare for college-level studies. (Veterans)