The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a Louisiana non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianians. To learn more about the LEH’s programs and history, visit www.leh.org.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianians with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.
The LEH’s award-winning programs are national exemplars for a state humanities council:
- PRIME TIME Family Reading Time®
- Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
- KnowLA, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture
- Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) library programs
- Teaching American History (TAH)
- Museums on Main Street, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution
- The LEH Grants program
- LEH’s original humanities programming at the Louisiana Humanities Center
Since its inception in 1971, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has invested more than $69 million to bring Louisiana’s people, history, cultures and stories to local, national and international audiences. More than 25,671 Louisiana residents have participated in PRIME TIME programs, more than 105,000 have attended RELIC programs and more than 6,300 educators have graduated from the LEH’s Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study, who in turn teach 650,000 students. Millions more have attended LEH-funded programs throughout the state or have watched LEH-funded documentaries. The bulk of that investment was made possible through state and federal appropriations and grants the LEH received through competitive applications.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is located at Turners’ Hall, an historic building in New Orleans’ Central Business District, located at 938 Lafayette Street.