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PRIME Time Preschool Grants Available for NW and SE Louisiana Sites

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PRIME TIME is pleased to announce the availability of an early childhood program grant aimed at improving school readiness and reading habits amongst preschool aged children and their families.

Deadline:  Friday, August 1, 2014

Award Announcement:  Friday, August 8, 2014

Grant Value:  app. $12,000 annually

Grant Period:  3 years (Fall 2014 – Spring 2017)

Minimum Programming:  2 preschool programs annually

Eligible Applicants:

Licensed childcare facilities and schools with preschool programs serving educationally and economically vulnerable families. Continue reading PRIME Time Preschool Grants Available for NW and SE Louisiana Sites

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June 26: Bourbon Street, Brass Bands and New Louisiana Cultural Vistas

Summer 2014 Pub FlyerThe new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas hits mailboxes and newsstands this month. We’ll celebrate the issue with a publication party on Thursday, June 26, at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.

Contributors (and regular LCV columnists) Richard Campanella and Matt Sakakeeny discuss their new books, excerpted in the issue. Buy your copy of Bourbon Street: A History and Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans at the event from Garden District Books. Our favorite Louisiana-based sponsors, Abita and Zapp’s, provide refreshments at 6pm, and talks start at 7pm. And for the first time, we’ll repair next door to an official after-party with our new neighbors, Cellardoor.

The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street. Parking is available in the white-lined spaces behind the building. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at boyles@leh.org or 504.620.2632.

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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! 

Click here for the LEH Facebook invite! Continue reading Get us on the roof for GIVENOLA Day!

A Daiquiri State of Mind

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By Michael Mizell-Nelson, PhD

The following appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Mizell-Nelson writes the “Louisiana Foodways” column for each issue. To read the full Spring 2014 issue online, click here

New Orleans generates most of the attention when discussing the emergence of the frozen daiquiri as a cultural phenomenon, but the college towns of Ruston, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Hammond all offered mass-produced daiquiris before the Crescent City. Those first locations, in cooperation with Baton Rouge legislation, built the frozen daiquiri culture we now live amidst. Louisiana’s unofficial, but most popular, beverage originated in the northern part of the state better known for another entrepreneurial response to our region’s extreme heat: Coca Cola.

Continue reading A Daiquiri State of Mind

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: KnowLA.org.

For more information about the LEH, contact Brian Boyles at the LEH, 504-620-2632 or boyles@leh.org.

“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 www.leh.org.