Deadline extended for PA Humanities youth civics project that awards tickets to Hamilton

June 7, 2022

PA Humanities is extending the deadline to July 31st for If You Were In The Room, an initiative encouraging Pennsylvania’s youth to reimagine the United States Constitution if they were there at the time it was written. 

Open to ages 16-22, participants submit a video or other creative work, such as a photo, poem, or drawing, that addresses how different our governing document would be if they participated in its creation. Ten entrants will be invited to attend a curated educational experience, including two tickets to Hamilton on Broadway. WHYY, a PBS affiliate, will create and screen a short film of the entries.

“This initiative captures the inclusive spirit of ‘nothing about us, without us,’” said Dawn Frisby Byers, PA Humanities’ senior director of content and engagement. “We are excited to see the creativity and talent of Pennsylvania’s youth as they reflect on the history and enduring significance of the US Constitution as we approach the 250th anniversary of our country.” 

The deadline was extended to accommodate the needs of summer youth programs and provide the state with an opportunity for an engaging educational experience during school break.

For complete details, including contest rules and an online submission form, visit

If You Were In The Room is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their A More Perfect Union initiative which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation. 

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