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Created in Louisiana, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time continues to reach families in states across the nation. The St. Petersburg Tribune recently covered the program at South Community Library branch of the St. Petersburg Public Library, which received a PRIME TIME grant from our partners at the Florida Humanities Council. The article features a great video, and this quote from middle school teacher Nikki Hill:

“The goal is to make parents want to continue this conversation with their kids way after Prime Time is over, because even though we’re talking about animals, these are real life issues that mirror how we view the world and our communities,” Hill said. “These kids are getting to hear their parents say things or make a stance on something that they may have never heard them talk about before, so they’re learning things from their parents that they would not have had this conversation not come up.”

We agree! Congratulations to St. Petersburg Public Library, Florida Humanities Council and the engaged families in Pinellas County. We look forward to more terrific news from Florida.

Mardi Gras in Cultural Vistas

Tootie Montana photographed by Michael P. Smith for Fall '90 issue
Tootie Montana photographed by Michael P. Smith for Fall ’90 issue cover story by Smith.

Since 1990 Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine has explored the cultural life of our state by showcasing the writings, photography and creativity of our fellow citizens.

With Carnival celebrations gearing up across Louisiana, we dug up three covers from our back issues. Click on each to read the stories, and visit to read every issue of LCV online for free and renew your subscription today. Happy Mardi Gras!  Continue reading Mardi Gras in Cultural Vistas

Beaird Family Foundation Funds PRIME TIME PreSchool in Caddo Parish

PT Kids CaddoThe Shreveport-based Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation recently made a $25,875 donation to deliver five PRIME TIME Preschool programs in Caddo Parish in 2014.  The gift will enable the LEH to deliver PRIME TIME Preschool programming in Greater Shreveport for the first time and impact an estimated 150 preschool-age children and their parents.  Additionally, the Preschool programming will be aligned with and reinforce other PRIME TIME programming now underway in Caddo Parish, including PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, PRIME TIME HomeRoom, and PRIME TIME Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study.  This comprehensive, cross-sector approach, known as PRIME TIME Full Circle, is aimed at creating a culture of literacy and excellence across the Greater Shreveport community.  Continue reading Beaird Family Foundation Funds PRIME TIME PreSchool in Caddo Parish

LEH Announces New Leadership

Miranda PhotoThe Board of Directors of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has named Miranda Restovic, MPA, as the organization’s Interim President and Executive Director. Restovic succeeds Michael Sartisky, Ph.D., whose contract was terminated by the Board of Directors last week.

Restovic previously served as LEH Deputy Director, as well as Director of the LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program, over the past seven years. A nationally-recognized, outcomes-driven program, PRIME TIME is the longest running and most effective humanities-focused family literacy model in the nation, serving families in all 64 parishes of Louisiana and in 40 other states since 1991. “The combination of Miranda’s intimate knowledge of the LEH’s operations statewide and her pivotal role in building a national PRIME TIME affiliate network, make her the best and logical choice to lead the organization during this transition period,” stated Michael Bernstein, Ph.D., Chair of the LEH Board of Directors. Restovic holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Orleans, as well as a Bachelors or Arts in International Relations and Italian from Mount Holyoke College.

“I deeply appreciate this opportunity, and assure all LEH supporters and constituents that the organization will maintain its steadfast commitment to its educational and cultural mission throughout this transition,” commented Restovic. “The enduring legacy of the LEH, in researching, documenting, and celebrating all facets of our culture – in the most culturally rich state in the nation – will be both closely protected and creatively expanded upon.”

Since 1971, the LEH has invested nearly $70 million to bring Louisiana’s people, history, culture, and stories to local, national, and international audiences. More than 30,000 Louisiana residents have participated in PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs, more than 105,000 have attended Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) adult reading programs, and more than 6,300 educators have graduated from the LEH’s Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study (they, in turn, teach hundreds of thousands of students annually).  Many thousands of additional Louisiana and U.S. citizens have attended LEH-funded programs, watched LEH-funded documentaries (including one of Ken Burns’ first films: Huey Long), enjoyed reading the award-winning quarterly magazine Louisiana Cultural Vistas and/or have benefitted from using the state’s only comprehensive digital encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture:

For more information about the LEH, contact Brian Boyles at the LEH, 504-620-2632 or

“A Huge Difference”

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The LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time continues to change the lives of children and parents throughout Louisiana and across the nation. The nationally recognized family literacy program brings families together to engage in a lifelong love of reading. Last week, site coordinators at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans received this moving report from Laura Teoulet, a PRIME TIME parent. Ms. Teoluet writes:

First, a little background, I am a continuing student at UNO and I come from a long line of early childhood educators. To say I was at my wit’s end trying to get my 2nd grader to read (even for pleasure) would be a gross understatement. Daniel had a F in reading on his first report card. 

The PRIME TIME Program has made a huge difference both in Daniel’s attitude towards reading and his level of reading. Daniel not only reads to me and his younger brother now, he chooses to read chapter books and has raised his reading grade to a C. The program is fully responsible for this change and I believe it is because it offers a chance for students to explore and experience a diverse selection of stories and an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas without the fear of being thought slow or being embarrassed or intimidated. This program has fostered a love of reading in Daniel and I am eternally grateful.

Sincerely, Ms. Teoulet

For more on PRIME TIME, visit the program’s page on

VIDEO: LCV Contributors Talk Sports, Rothko, Exotic Architecture

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On Wednesday, January 22, the LEH’s original programs at the Louisiana Humanities Center (LHC) continued with a publication party for the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas (LCV) magazine. Contributors Cybele Gontar, John Lawrence and S. Derby Gisclair spoke about their articles with the LHC audience, who feasted on Zapp’s Chips and Abita Beer from our sponsors, plus food from Guideaux’s Pasta Food Truck. This was the sixth LCV party at the LHC, and we hope to see everyone for the Spring 2014 party, date tbd. See below for videos and visit the LEH YouTube channel for more.

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LEH Announces 2014 Humanities Awards

Walter Isaacson. Photo credit: Patrice Gilbert
Walter Isaacson. Photo credit: Patrice Gilbert

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has named journalist and author Walter Isaacson as its 2014 Humanist of the Year. Isaacson and other recipients will be honored at the Humanities Awards on Saturday, March 29th, 12:30 p.m., at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.

The Humanities Awards are sponsored by IBERIABANK. Tickets to the awards luncheon are $125 per person, with special discounted $90 tickets for young professionals and tables available for sponsorship. Tickets go on sale Feb. 12th. Click here to purchase tickets online, or mail a check to the LEH at:

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities                                              Awards Event                                                                                                                      938 Lafayette Street, Ste. 300                                                                                New Orleans, LA 70113

For media credentials or additional information on this year’s awardees, contact Brian Boyles at or 504.620.2632.

See below for the names of all of this year’s awardees! Continue reading LEH Announces 2014 Humanities Awards