Our programming approach and upcoming events
The Helis Foundation John Scott Center serves as a modern public square: a vibrant community space empowering the public to gather, raise critical humanities questions, and experience a renewed sense of civic agency and voice.
Its design builds on the LEH tradition of offering humanities-based, award-winning, participant-centered programs that encourage critical thinking and promote respectful dialogue.
Our programming model is an extension of LEH’s mission, with artist, educator, humanist, and Louisiana native John T. Scott at its core. Drawing inspiration from Scott’s unique ideas, the humanities and community are consistent threads woven throughout program activities within art, culture, and social change.
The center features artists, culture makers, storytellers, and curators who embrace art as a language, as a medium to share ideas, tell stories, and interpret individual experiences. Our programming highlights the lived experiences of artists and storytellers while facilitating the exchange of memory and tradition shared within and by communities. We embrace the power of education to affect social change. Our programs are influenced by Scott’s 42 years as a teacher and mentor, bearing witness to the power that art and learning have to inspire change.
Join us at the crossroads of art, culture, and social change. Pass it on!
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Tickets Available Now for Bright Lights Awards Dinner
Tickets are available now for LEH’s 2023 Bright Lights Awards Dinner, presented by Entergy. The event is taking place Thursday, May 11, and will recognize our Humanities Awards winners from this year and the last four years, with live music, amazing food, and an incredible silent auction, all at LEH’s historic Turners’ Hall and The Helis Foundation John Scott Center.Read More
Apply Now to Host Prime Time Reading Program In the Fall
Organizations interested in bringing a free family engagement and reading program to their community are invited to apply to host a Prime Time reading program in the fall. Applications will be accepted from organizations throughout Louisiana until April 17.Read More
Two Grant Opportunities Supporting Humanities Organizations Available this Spring
Two grant opportunities from the LEH this spring will provide support for Louisiana cultural organizations. Applications for grants from the Louisiana Culture Care Fund, which provides funds for operational expenses, will open March 13, and applications for Rebirth Grants, providing funding for humanities-based programming, will open April 1.Read More