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Students from Assemble pour water over the sidewalk to make their invisible words appear like magic at the Rain Poetry reveal celebration at Nelson Mandela Peace Park in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood.    Photo by Joe Appel.
Fish bolting through the sky. Dogs plunging into dry water. Friends, ramen noodles and lemons. The Rain Poetry project asks young people to express themselves creatively through haiku, and the students at Assemble in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood embraced the opportunity.
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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.

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The humanities in Pennsylvania are under threat and we need your support! Rep Josh Brecheen (R-OK-02) introduced amendments to the FY 2025 Interior Appropriations bill that would slash funding by 25% for both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

We are urging you to please contact your local House representative and encourage them to oppose any amendments aimed at defunding the NEH and NEA.

As you know, arts and culture are vital to the well-being and economics of the Commonwealth. The sector contributes a staggering $30 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy and supports 175,872 full-time equivalent jobs, many of which would not exist without NEH or NEA support (BEA, 2024). Eliminating funding from these organizations would undermine the future of our state, with rural and urban areas being hit hardest.

Thank you for your support and advocacy!
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We are excited to announce that applications are now open for our next cycle of Youth-Led Humanities. Public libraries and out-of-school time (OST) sites are invited to apply to be part of the 2024-26 cohort and receive $5,000 in project funds to implement youth-led humanities programming that centers the needs and interests of young people. In addition to project funds, sites will gain access to professional development opportunities like individualized coaching, regular communities of practice calls and invitations to workshops led by library leaders, and youth services and humanities professionals.

PA Humanities will host an informational webinar on July 25th at 12:00 p.m. to provide more information on the project and eligibility requirements.

Visit our website for more information and to register for the webinar (a recording will be available for those who cannot attend) - bit.ly/YLH2024Info

Applications are due at 5pm, August 19th.
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🎉 Congratulations to Wyoming County for becoming an official PA Heart & Soul community! We recently presented a plaque and celebrated this incredible accomplishment with the @wyomingcountyheartandsoul team at the County Commissioners meeting in Tunkhannock.

PA Heart & Soul is a resident-led planning initiative centered in the humanities that finds common ground through gathering stories, having conversations, and getting people more involved in co-creating the future of their community.

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