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— Josh Berk, executive director
Bethlehem Area Public Library

Humanities in action

news
Aug 23, 2016

In honor of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Philadelphia Media Network—owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com—have worked together to celebrate the rich history of the keystone state’s winners. First awarded in 1917, the Pulitzers represent the pinnacle of achievement for journalists, historians, composers, nonfiction and fiction writers and poets. On this site we present an outstanding collection of winners who were native to Pennsylvania, or whose work was accomplished while living here.

project
Jul 14, 2016

Kay Barrett launched the Teen Reading Lounge at Allen F. Pierce Free Library in Troy because she recognizes teenagers as essential to the lifeblood of the library. “I love my library,” says Barrett, who is Allen F. Pierce’s assistant librarian, “and that’s why I can say without a doubt, if we do not make this a welcoming place for our youth, we do not have a future.”  

news
Jun 14, 2016

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) has received a $287,500 project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support the development of a Chester Made Exploration Zone (CEZ). The Exploration Zone is a creative, cultural space in the heart of the historic arts and culture district that will bring people together to revitalize Chester. The CEZ will give community members the chance to engage with one another, learn more about the city’s cultural assets and history, rebuild their downtown and change perceptions about Chester. “This grant is transformational,” said PHC executive director Laurie Zierer. “The Chester Made Exploration Zone will inform dialogue—in our region and beyond—about the role of the humanities in inclusive, resident-driven creative placemaking. Wonderful things can happen when we come together and shape the character of a community around arts and cultural 

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Jackson Park, Team Reading Lounge

Our Vision & Mission 

At the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, we believe the humanities inspire people to make a difference and come together to advance cultural diversity, economic vibrancy, and an equitable society.

Our work is grounded in people. We connect Pennsylvanians to each other through stories, ideas, and experiences that can change lives and transform communities.  

We champion and redefine the role the humanities play in educating citizens and strengthening community. Our programs create pathways for learning and creativity, spark dialogue and civic engagement, and encourage diversity of expression.