The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities provides Louisianans with appreciation of and access to their rich and diverse historical, literary, and cultural heritage. We accomplish this through creative and engaging programs – many of which are award-winning, and other programs offer awards. Your support is key to making this all happen.

Your donation will keep these award-winning programs thriving, improve outcomes for our children, and sustain our heritage. Through your generosity, we will accomplish great things for Louisiana.
So, please give a gift today.


Museum on Main Street

The LEH partners with the Smithsonian Institution– bringing high quality exhibits to rural museums and libraries across Louisiana. Look for our newest exhibition, ‘Water/Ways’, with a special focus on coastal restoration.

Louisiana Poet Laureate 

The LEH oversees the selection process of the Louisiana Poet Laureate. The LEH also funds Laureate readings and workshops across the state.

Our scholar-driven, online encyclopedia of Louisiana, utilizes dynamic digital media to share the stories, artistry, and cultural heritage of our state for students and learners of all ages. It also serves as a ready resource for economic development and business professionals.

Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

The quarterly chronicle of Louisiana’s people, places, culture and history, Louisiana Cultural Vistas has a national audience of over 35,000. With state wide coverage, this beautiful magazine has been recognized with two Press Club of New Orleans Awards this year alone.

Grants Program

The LEH supports cultural efforts throughout Louisiana by awarding grants and technical support to cultural organizations.

Head Start

The LEH provides Head Start services in Ouachita Parish. With two centers opened, one ready to come on line in January 2018, and one opening thereafter, LEH is using the humanities to inform and enliven an already successful Head Start model to benefit over 550 children in the parish.

Prime Time Family Reading

Designed by the LEH for children and parents to stem the tide of intergenerational illiteracy, PRIME TIME is a Best Practices in Literacy Promotion Honoree from the Library of Congress. PRIME TIME, through ongoing research, has improved its effectiveness as evidenced by an almost unheard of 76% program completion rate. Over the past 27 years PRIME TIME has served over 40,000 families and trained over 8,000 educators and professionals.