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”

PT Parent Letter 2014

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.

VIDEO: LCV Contributors Talk Sports, Rothko, Exotic Architecture

LCV Pub Winter 2013 Flyer

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 boyles@leh.org or 504.620.2632.

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Welcome to LEH News

Allen Toussaint at the LEH's 40th Anniversary Celebration
Allen Toussaint at the LEH’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Welcome to LEH News, a new blog authored by the staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. While www.leh.org remains the nexus for information and updates about LEH programs and events, LEH News will offer stories, media, and juicy details about Louisiana’s history and culture.  You’ll get to know the folks at our headquarters at Turners’ Hall in New Orleans, plus hear about our partners throughout the state and nation.

Since 1971, the LEH has worked tirelessly to provide the citizens of Louisiana with access to their own shared culture. Today we take another step on that journey. We hope you’ll join us and let us know what you think about the blog, the work of the LEH and this incredible state.