An historic milestone in the LEH’s 43 year history was recently achieved, via the fourth year renewal of the “The Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative.” This unprecedented multi-year initiative is delivering outcomes-driven family literacy/critical thinking (PRIME TME Family Reading Time) and teacher professional development programming (PRIME TIME HomeRoom) to thousands of children, parents, and educators across Louisiana, as well as in four other Gulf South states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
The Shell Oil Company and Foundation’s latest gift of $175,000 for Year Four of the partnership brings the company’s total investment in PRIME TIME to $808,000. When combined with more than $400,000 in matching support from the LEH and its partnering institutions, the initiative easily surpasses the $1 million mark for total investment and impact. Continue reading →
On July 23, William “Bro” Adams was sworn in as the new NEH Chairman. Nominated in April by President Obama, Chairman Adams is a native of Birmingham, Michigan, and son of an auto industry executive. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.
The LEH welcomes Chairman Adams. We look forward to meeting him at the 2014 National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia.
The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) has returned to PRIME TIME! In 1997, during the earliest phase of PRIME TIME’s national expansion, the MHC became the first statewide agency to partner with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities on the PRIME TIME project. Through a grant from LEH, the Canton Public Library became the first site in the state to present this innovative program. As part of the current “Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative,” MHC will implement approximately six PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs over twelve months. Continue reading →
Efforts are underway to honor one of Louisiana’s most influential recording artists, Amédé Ardoin (1898–1941) a Creole musician who merits a biographical entry in KnowLA, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana (knowla.org). Ardoin was a seminal but mysterious figure in Louisiana history, and he remains something of an enigma since he met an unfortunate fate in the last years of his life as an incarcerated mental patient at Central Louisiana Hospital in Pineville.
Founded in 1990, Louisiana Cultural Vistas documents the unparalleled culture and diverse history of Louisiana. Our writers, scholars, photographers and artists continue to explore our state’s communities, delivering stories, photographs and reflections on what it means to live here. The LEH is proud to celebrate a quarter century in print with a new digital platform.
At LouisianaCulturalVistas.org, we’ll showcase select feature articles, columns and reviews from recent issues, along with classics from our archives and exclusive web content. We’re committed to the vibrant print version of the magazine; the new site aspires to enrich the experience of our loyal readership.
Our partners at Bellwether Technology continue to provide excellent IT services for our staff at Turners’ Hall. And at the YLC’s Wednesday’s at the Square in New Orleans, they provided incredible hospitality! At the summer’s final concert at Lafayette Square on June 11th, the Bellwether hospitality tent was the place to be. Thanks to everyone at Bellwether for several weeks of wonderful hospitality – and a fantastic professional partnership. We hope to see you on the Square again for the Harvest the Music series this fall!
The latest from 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans. Visit www.leh.org for all info on LEH programs.