Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils Partner for Pulitzer’s 2016 Year-Long Centennial Celebration
State Humanities Councils Launch Nationwide Programs through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative

[Arlington, VA] – The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC) celebrates the launch of the Pulitzer Centennial through hundreds council programs across the nation, and a new webpage dedicated to the Pulitzer Campfires Initiative and FSHC partnership activities. The Pulitzer Campfires Initiative provided 46 state humanities councils with more than $1.5 million to use toward a nationwide grassroots effort to reach diverse communities in a relevant way, and to encourage new generations to value high-quality arts, letters, and journalism.

“The state humanities councils have a profound understanding of the character and needs of their constituents,” said Mike Pride, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, “making the Federation of State Humanities Councils and its members ideal partners to carry out the Campfires Initiative goal of engaging the public with Pulitzer.”

“Our members daily engage communities, inspire futures and reach diverse populations through humanities programming and local partnerships,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “The state humanities councils have pulled together an inspired year of Campfires programs based on their intimate knowledge of their states in order to ignite appreciation, demonstrate public relevancy, and encourage value in the high-quality humanities and arts that the Pulitzer represents.”

To learn more, please visit the Federation of State Humanities Councils newly designed “Spotlight on Pulitzer” webpage featuring dynamic content including upcoming council events, featured programs, links, news and updates, and a “campfires by the numbers” feature that tracks council campfire program data as it happens. More information about the Centennial can also be found on the newly redesigned Pulitzer website.


In preparation for the Pulitzer Prizes 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, the Pulitzer Prize board launched Campfires Initiative to “ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values” the Prizes represent. With the help of the state humanities councils, the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires Initiative will involve a year’s worth of grassroots programming featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, poets, and journalists and sharing the value of the arts and humanities that both the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils embody.

The Pulitzer Prize board of directors developed this initiative with the help of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. 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 Pulitzers.

To learn more about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, please visit www.statehumanities.org

To learn more about the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial, please visit http://www.pulitzer.org/centennial



Natalie Pak, Communications Manager