Our Work

Special Initiatives

Connecting people and the humanities

For nearly 50 years, the LEH has partnered with organizations across the state on diverse, statewide public programs connecting humanistic education, curated cultural content, and collaborative programming.


Currents is a turnkey book club program developed and funded by the LEH that offers libraries and other community-based nonprofits the tools they need to host themed reading and discussion programs centered on timely humanities topics, including voting history and climate change.

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Poet Laureate

The LEH, in conjunction with the Governor of Louisiana, coordinates the Louisiana Poet Laureate selection process and sponsors Poet Laureate public programming throughout the state.

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Museum on Main Street

As the state partner for the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, the LEH has helped bring Smithsonian-quality exhibits to small towns across Louisiana for nearly two decades.

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Past Initiatives

Through decades of granting programs, the LEH has supported a broad range of humanities projects and initiatives, reaching each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

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Applications for Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships Opening November 27

Applications for the Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships supporting the 2024-5 school year will open November 27, 2023, and close December 18, 2023.

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Inaugural Reading with Louisiana Poet Laureate Alison Pelegrin

Join the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in welcoming Louisiana’s newest poet laureate, Alison Pelegrin, at her inaugural reading in the post on October 4, 2023.

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Announcing Louisiana’s Next Poet Laureate

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards, is proud to announce Louisiana’s newest Poet Laureate, Alison Pelegrin.

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