Our Work


Democracy demands wisdom and vision

The federal legislation that created the National Endowment for the Humanities and state humanities councils mandates that we “foster and support a form of education, and access to the arts and the humanities, designed to make people of all backgrounds and wherever located masters of their technology and not its unthinking servants.” We embrace this role and commit to promoting humanistic education for all.


Humanistic study cultivates critical thinkers who are open to divergent opinions, adept at perspective-taking, and who embrace the recursive process of academic inquiry. Humanistic education calls for the learner to suspend judgment and tolerate ambiguity, knowing that there is rarely one simple, “right” answer. Recognizing that this type of education is not broadly available, our approach to education emphasizes access for all, particularly for those least likely to receive an education rich in the humanities due to socioeconomic inequities. Through PRIME TIME, Inc. we seek to create pathways for life-long learning for every generation, from every walk of life, and in all 64 Louisiana parishes.

PRIME TIME Family, PRIME TIME Preschool, and PRIME TIME HomeRoom


64Parishes.org Encyclopedia

Documenting Louisiana history and culture has taught us that the place we call home is complicated. We must take great care in presenting that history and culture. Ensuring that inclusive, scholar-generated content is available and accessible to statewide audiences, including K-12 educators, university and independent scholars, and the general public is mission critical. Through our online content platforms, we support strong educational outcomes by providing free and unrestricted access to multimedia humanities scholarship in the form of podcasts, videos, long- and short-form articles, music clips, and more.

Since 1971, the LEH has worked to publish scholarly content and stories about Louisiana. Represented by 64 Parishes, this online platform includes an encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture, which serves as a fundamental reference for students, educators, and researchers.

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NEH Grant to Support PRIME TIME’s Development of Bilingual Book Series

PRIME TIME, Inc., has been awarded nearly $200,000 that will be used to further expand its programming for Spanish-speaking families. The grant was awarded by the NNEH through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which is providing $87.8 million in funding to nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions.

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PRIME TIME mails Spark Boxes to 29 agencies across Louisiana

PRIME TIME Spark Boxes are on their way to 29 agencies chosen to deliver the boxes to families in their communities. PRIME TIME Inc. received requests for more than 1,800 boxes from 49 organizations throughout the state during the two-week application period.

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PRIME TIME Introduces Spark Box

Community organizations are invited to help spark a love of reading by signing up to distribute Spark Boxes provided by LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading program.

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