The LEH supports cultural efforts throughout Louisiana by awarding grants to local cultural organizations and institutions.

These awards fund large- and small-scale humanities public programs, from university events to those sponsored by museums, libraries, cultural centers, and historical societies.

Who Gets to Vote?

This new reading and discussion series is available to Louisiana public libraries and community partners and is intended to engage members of the general public in conversations on the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the United States.

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Rebirth Grants

With the help of this grant, the Iberia African American Historical Society hosted a symposium honoring the 75th anniversary of the 1944 racial incident that led to the loss of all African American doctors in Iberia Parish.

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Visitor engaging with the 2018-19 Water/Ways exhibition; photo by Lucius A. Fontenot

Museum on Main Street

When rural museums are given the resources they need, incredible things can happen. While the Smithsonian’s MoMS exhibition Water/Ways was at the Schepis Museum in Columbia, ~30% of the parish’s residents walked through the museum’s doors.

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Mellon Foundation Grant Supports New “Who Gets to Vote?” Initiative

Thanks to support from the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LEH will soon be launching in a series of public humanities programs on the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the US.

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LEH Awards More Than $160K in Programmatic Grants

Each year the LEH awards Rebirth Grants in support of public humanities projects implemented by cultural institutions large and small throughout the state. This year, we awarded $160k in grants to 11 libraries and 22 organizations around the state.

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LEH supporting public libraries through Rebirth PL Grants

The LEH is offering a special grant stream this year dedicated specifically to our state’s crucial public libraries. Rebirth PL Grants will support Louisiana public libraries’ transition to serving their communities virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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