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Improve Lives Across Louisiana

LEH is the only organization dedicated to bringing the humanities to all 64 parishes, with more than $132 million invested in Louisiana communities.

Join us in our mission to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on our present, and imagine our future. You can:

  • Share Louisiana stories with the world through 64 Parishes magazine and encyclopedia
  • Increase literacy and strengthen families through humanities-based reading and discussion programs
  • Deliver high-quality Louisiana history resources to social studies classrooms throughout the state
  • Support the cultural fabric of our state through our grantmaking programs

Cameron Parish has been battered by storms and threatened by change and development. For the spring 2023 issue of 64 Parishes, author Megan Poole returned to her home to document the ways of life that flourish, even under pressure, in this corner of the state. Long after the news crews had moved on, 64 Parishes helped to shine a light on the continuing struggles of this coastal community.

Dr. Daniel Gonzalez first began working with Prime Time nearly 20 years ago and has served as a scholar, storyteller, and trainer. While the conversations that follow a Prime Time book reading are spontaneous, the methods used to elicit them are not. Program leaders must undergo training to ensure they understand the method of using open-ended questioning to spur deep discussions.

Through The Helis Foundation John Scott Center, we strive to live out John T. Scott’s philosophy of “pass it on” by sharing his visionary approach to art, culture, and storytelling with the world. In addition to housing more than 50 of this Louisiana native’s works, the center serves as a community gathering space that integrates arts and humanities programming unlike any other space in the Gulf South. 


LEH Distributes General Operating Support to 18 Organizations

LEH has awarded $150,000 in general operating grants from the Louisiana Culture Care Fund to 18 humanities organizations in 13 parishes.

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Looking Back at 2023

In 2023 alone the LEH reached nearly 2.1 million people across every region of our state. Learn more about our year by watching our 2023 wrap-up video.

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Bright Lights 2024 Tickets Available Now

On Tuesday, April 23, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser will join forces for an annual celebration of the brightest lights in Louisiana humanities.

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