We put the humanities in action to create positive change.
President Trump has proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While this is deeply concerning, it's important to remember that Congress writes the federal budget, not the president. The president's budget outline is the first step in a long process, and we're heartened by the strong bipartisan support Congress has shown for the humanities in recent years.
The Second Pittsburgh Humanities Festival is set for March 24-26. We hope you’ll join us for a discussion of humanities, arts, and equitable community development on March 25 as well as pre-festival panel March 19 on diversity in ballet.
Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative, we've partnered with Penn VUB to expand and enhance the program’s humanities components. The primary goal is to help participants build vital skills such as synthesizing information, effective communication and critical reflection, all of which contribute to success in postsecondary education. Another program goal: building students' confidence in their ability to effect positive change, not only in their own lives, but in their communities as well.
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is seeking individuals committed to championing the humanities to fill open positions on its board of directors. Qualified individuals representing diversity of background, life, thought and professional experience are encouraged.
PHC will provide funding, training, and technical support for Teen Reading Lounge programs in 26 libraries across 19 Pennsylvania counties in 2016-17. Among participating libraries, 13 will take part in an ongoing pilot program structured to provide ways for teens to meaningfully contribute to their communities and participate in civically focused activities. The pilot puts special emphasis on reaching youth from low-income backgrounds. Here is a sampling of the program plans for some of the participating libraries:
We're officially launching the Chester Made Exploration Zone. Join us March 10th to hear Chester Made artistic director Devon Walls and Butcher Shop Rehab’s L. Ward and Kenya Abdul-Hadi describe creative work happening in Chester right now. Tour the new pop-up makerspace at 511 Avenue of the States created through #TheBuild activities by artists and Chester residents with Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop. And learn how you can participate in Chester Made Exploration Zone programs coming up this spring.
A new video produced by Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul details the group's efforts to collect data on what matters most to the community. By gathering and analyzing stories from as many residents as possible, the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul team helps honor memories and preserve history--and also move the community to action toward a better future.
We are excited to continue the celebration of the Pulitzer Centennial this spring. On March 30 MacArthur Fellow Julia Wolfe will be at Penn State's University Park campus in conjunction with the Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of her Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Anthracite Fields. Bang On A Can All-Stars and Penn State Concert Choir will perform Anthracite Fields, with Christopher Kiver conducting.
‘Humanities are large and embrace so many different ways of learning,” Laurie Zierer says. They can even help Pennsylvania combat two major deficiencies: gaps in achievement and political engagement."