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In The Room

How would the US Constitution be different if YOU were there when it happened? In honor of the upcoming 250th anniversary of our country, PA Humanities launched If You Were In The Room. The initiative invited young people ages 16-22 to consider the US Constitution and its impact on their life and community, and what they would change if they could rewrite it today. Submission period ended July 31.

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PA Kindness Poem Project

PA Humanities partnered with Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson on a mission to help spread kindness throughout the state. Named the PA Kindness Poem Project, this year-long initiative invited residents to share messages on social media that promote generosity, healing, reconciliation, and peace.

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PA SHARP

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PHC and other state and regional humanities councils are distributing funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) program.

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From left, Esperanza Arts Center mentor fellows and production assistants Emmanuel Figueroa and
Ozias Ayala join Bruce Savage, media production professor at Esperanza College, and 
Josue Lora, production manager for the LuminArias video series, in preparing for a filming.
Nueva Esperanza found examples of accomplished Latino leaders missing from educational materials in their schools. Now they’re using PA SHARP funds to create their own curriculum.
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From The Field

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.

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During the uncertainties and challenges of Pennsylvania’s recovery one thing made all the difference – everyday kindness.
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