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PRIME TIME Preschool Pilot Celebrates Third Year

pt preschoolWith a generous 3-year grant from Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), the PRIME TIME Preschool program has been piloted as a school readiness program for New Orleans area children ages 3-5 and their families. Based on the empirically proven PRIME TIME model, PRIME TIME Preschool introduces young children to the humanities and literature in a way that is developmentally appropriate and engaging. Continue reading PRIME TIME Preschool Pilot Celebrates Third Year

Ben Sandmel: Spring 2014 “Sound Advice”


The following column appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Click here to subscribe.

Kindred Spirits: Tom McDermott Honors Louis Moreau Gottschalk

By Ben Sandmel

In New Orleans, a city teeming with extraordinary musicians, Tom McDermott stands out as an especially unique and accomplished multitalent. McDermott is an eclectic pianist, a composer, a music historian, and a sensitive, intuitive accompanist for vocalists and instrumental soloists alike. Virtuoso is not a word to be used lightly, but it’s certainly apt in this instance. Continue reading Ben Sandmel: Spring 2014 “Sound Advice”

Get us on the roof for GIVENOLA Day!

Our supporters, partners and friends keep the LEH mission alive every day through donations, grants and subscriptions to Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. On Tuesday, May 6, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day offers an extraordinary one-day, online giving event to benefit New Orleans area nonprofits. Every dollar you donate to the LEH through the GiveNOLA portal will be increased by additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by GNOF and their generous GiveNOLA sponsors.

Click here to donate to the LEH on May 6! 

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VIDEO: LCV Contributor Roger Hahn On Memphis Minnie

On April 8, Louisiana Cultural Vistas celebrated the publication of its Spring 2014 issue with a party at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans. Discussing his piece on blues legend Memphis Minnie (see entry), contributor Roger Hahn read from this 1942 account by Langston Hughes of the singer’s performance at the 230 Club in Chicago:

“Then, through the smoke and racket of the noisy Chicago bar float Louisiana bayous, muddy old swamps, Mississippi dust and sun, cotton fields, lonesome roads, train whistles in the night, mosquitoes at dawn, and the Rural Free Delivery, that never brings the right letter. All these things cry through the strings on Memphis Minnie’s electric guitar, amplified to machine proportions — a musical version of electric welders plus a rolling mill.”

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PRIME TIME on Cover of Mosaic Magazine

Mosaic Magazine

PRIME TIME continues to partner with humanities councils across the nation. One of our newest affiliates, Alabama Humanities Foundation, has four sites running this spring, with plans for more in the future. We were overjoyed to see PRIME TIME make the cover of Mosaic, the council’s biannual magazine. The story is terrific, too:

[Library officials] see it not only in the faces of children whose families voluntarily come there once a week for two hours of reading, discussion, a meal and fellowship. They see it in the end result–families actually reading and discussing what they have read–together.

For more info partnering with PRIME TIME in your community, click here.  And go Alabama!

PHOTOS: 2014 Humanities Awards Luncheon

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This year’s Humanities Awards luncheon was special. For the first time in decades, we brought the ceremony back to New Orleans, where more than 280 guests made 2014 our biggest award event since Katrina. Author and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson joined us to accept the 2014 Humanist of the Year award. Board members, partners, awardees and friends from across the state enjoyed the hospitality of the Audubon Tea Room. The LEH thanks our major sponsor IBERIABANK, as well as table sponsors Bellwether Technology, Ragan Green, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Metro Security, Brenda Mounier and CODOFIL, Stirling Properties, Phyllis Taylor and Union Pacific Railroad. Once again, the people and culture of Louisiana inspired the LEH staff to continue our rewarding work in service of this great state.