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July 2014 Newsletter:

Documentary Film Airs July 14 on PBS

Since 1971 the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has supported documentary filmmaking in Louisiana through grants and screenings across the state. On July 14 PBS airs Getting Back to Abnormal, directed by longtime LEH partners Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker and Paul Stekler, along with Peter Odbashian. Check local listings for broadcast time in your area. 

Funded in part through a 2010 grant from the LEH, the film follows New Orleans City Councilwoman Stacy Head and her constituents as the city continues its recovery from the 2005 federal levee failures. Learn more about the film here.

In the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Paul Stekler traces the history of documentary filmmaking in New Orleans and provides a filmography. Read the article and find links to the films on

PRIME TIME Preschool Grants Available for NW & SE Louisiana Sites

PRIME TIME is pleased to announce the availability of an early childhood program grant aimed at improving school readiness and reading habits among preschool aged children and their families.  


Deadline: Friday, August 1, 2014

Award Announcement: Friday, August 8, 2014

Grant Value: Approximately $12,000 annually

Grant Period: 3 years (Fall 2014 - Spring 2017)

Minimum Programming: 2 preschool programs annually


Eligible Applicants:

Licensed childcare facilities and schools with preschool programs serving educationally and economically vulnerable families. Specifically, the facilities and schools must be located in one of the specified regions and parishes in Northwest and Southeast Louisiana. 


Click here to read more. 


Louisiana Cultural Vistas Offers Discounted Ads Through Oct. 31

Since its first publication in 1990, Louisiana Cultural Vistas has explored the state's culture, literature, arts and history. Readers in every parish and across the nation turn to the magazine for stories about this resilient state, its unique past and fascinating people.  

The LEH seeks advertising partners interested in supporting the magazine and reaching our valued audience. LCV offers 50% off all ads purchased before November 1st. Click here to view current ad rates. 
Our renowned contributors and our partnerships with the state's great museums, archives and universities fuel each issue, proof of the rich cultural heritage of Louisiana. Click here to subscribe today. 

For more info, contact LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles at or 504.620.2632.

PRIME TIME Unveils New Website

Information on PRIME TIME and its associated programs can now be found at  While users can still gain access to information on PRIME TIME through the LEH website, the new site provides direct access to information for partners, team members and others interested in the programs. 


According to PRIME TIME Associate Director Shantrell Austin, "For years, we have collected thoughts, ideas and suggestions from the field on making the website more user-friendly. The new site represents our first attempt at delivering cleaner and clearer paths to information, tools, and resources needed to understand and implement PRIME TIME programs. We are very excited about the potential for We look forward to continuing the building process and hearing about the user experience from those who access the site."


We welcome feedback on the new website. Please send comments and suggestions to
KnowLA, Darrell Bourque and Amédé Ardoin
Amedé Ardoin
Efforts are underway to honor one of Louisiana's most influential recording artists, Amédé Ardoin (1898-1941), a Creole musician who merits a biographical entry in KnowLA, The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana ( Ardoin was a seminal but mysterious figure in Louisiana history, and he remains something of an enigma since he met an unfortunate fate in the last years of his life as an incarcerated mental patient at Central Louisiana Hospital in Pineville.
Former state poet laureate Darrell Bourque recently published a collection of inverted sonnets dedicated to Ardoin, entitled If you abandon me, comment je vas faire: An Amede Ardoin Songbook, selections of which will appear in the Fall 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas.

Click here to read more.

New Report Highlights Impact of PRIME TIME Preschool Pilot

An independent analysis of the outcomes associated with the PRIME TIME Preschool pilot is now available. The report, entitled "PRIME TIME Preschool By the Numbers: An Impact Study of PRIME TIME Preschool," reviews the intent and goals of the preschool program and highlights outcomes from the ongoing 3-year pilot. 


Click here to access the executive summary of the report.  


Dr. Karen Burstein, President of the Southwest Institute, conducted the research in cooperation with Dr. Adrienne McFaul, PRIME TIME Assistant Director.  


Grants Available for Programs with Louisiana Poet Laureate

ava haymon

The LEH offers grants for organizations interested in hosting programs with state poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon


Haymon is a nationally recognized poet and teacher. She presents poetry readings and writing workshops, in Louisiana and nationwide. She has taught poetry writing at LSU and worked for many years as Artist in the Schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. Currently she teaches private classes in Baton Rouge and directs a writers' retreat center in New Mexico. Her four full-length collections, The Strict Economy of Fire, Kitchen Heat, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread and Eldest Daughter are published by LSU Press


Click here for more info on available grants or email LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles.

LEH Blog! 


Stay up to date throughout the month with LEH NEWS, a new blog authored by the staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Click here to visit LEH NEWS today.


While remains the nexus for information and updates about LEH programs and events, LEH NEWS will offer stories, media, and juicy details about Louisiana's history and culture. You'll get to know the folks at our headquarters at Turners' Hall in New Orleans, plus hear about our partners throughout the state and nation. 


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