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The public library is a place where imaginative minds can explore new worlds and find opportunities to learn and grow. That’s why the Free Library of Philadelphia was the perfect site to host the launch of PA Humanities’ new book of poems collected from Philadelphia school children as part of 2023’s Rain Poetry pilot project.

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We believe in contributing our learnings to the larger conversation about the role of the humanities in creating lasting change. We put participatory research at the forefront of all our work and partner with scholars, consultants, and a cross-sector of leaders including University of Pennsylvania’s PennPraxis, Elizabeth Myrick + Associates, and Allegheny Intermediate Unit.


During the uncertainties and challenges of Pennsylvania’s recovery one thing made all the difference – everyday kindness.
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Our executive director Laurie Zierer is participating in the upcoming Pennoni Panels event, "Sunset on the Humanities?" Organized in collaboration with @therosenbach in Philadelphia, the conversation will be moderated by Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, Dean of @pennonihonors at @drexeluniv, and will also include these distinguished panelists:

Dr. Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, @columbia

Dr. Phillip Magness, David J. Theroux Chair, @independentinst

Dr. Dana A. Williams, Dean, Graduate School and Professor of African American Literature, @howard1867 & President, Modern Language Association

Together they will discuss challenges and opportunities in the humanities. The event takes place 4/24 from 5:30-7:30pm. It will be recorded for later broadcast as part of the @PBS series, The Civil Discourse.

If you’re interested in attending, you can register at rosenbach.org

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Join us for this special event on how to better support LGBTQIA+ youth! In our current socio-political climate, young people with marginalized gender identities and/or sexual orientations have an increased need for caring spaces where it is safe to be themselves. The humanities and non-traditional education settings are uniquely positioned to support and nurture LQBTQIA+ youth in meaningful ways.

Moderated by Dr. Valerie Adams Bass, Teen Reading Lounge Consultant, this virtual panel discussion is intended for educators, librarians, youth workers, and others looking to further their understanding and support of LGBTQIA+ youth. Hear from social work scholars and practitioners about ways to affirm and engage queer youth in and through the humanities.

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Date: Thursday, April 25th
Time: 11:30-12:45 EST

Register now: bit.ly/LGBTQYLH

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🎉 @nehgov has announced $26.2 million for 238 humanities projects across the country, including $1.94 million for 13 grantees here in Pennsylvania.

"...these projects show how the humanities help us understand ourselves and our world.” -NEH Chair @sc_lowe (Navajo)

BIG congratulations to all the recipients:

@pittofficial (x3)
Carnegie Institute
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Learn more: https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-262-million-238-humanities-projects-nationwide

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We were raining haiku poems at the @thelearninglamp`s Children`s Book Festival at @bottle_works in Johnstown this weekend. Children explored the theme of growth through nature boxes and made their own imaginative poems. They`ll be more opportunities to participate next weekend on April 20th at the @cambriacountylibrary.

Many thanks all our supporters!

More info about Rain Poetry at RainPoetry.org.

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