Who We Are
By the people, for the people
Dedicated stewards working to inspire Louisiana
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities acts as a steward and supporter of Louisiana’s diverse and vibrant culture and history.
To that end, we are dedicated to ensuring access to the humanities, offering and broadening pathways for a lifetime of learning for people of every generation and from every walk of life. We champion the humanities to enrich the lives of all Louisianans in all 64 parishes.
What are the Humanities?
The humanities are the exploration and documentation of the human experience with an approach to learning that cultivates critical thinkers who can become more appreciative of divergent opinions, more creative in the exploration of work and study, and more open to innovation.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to partner with communities, institutions, and individuals to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on our present, and imagine our future.
Our vision is everyone realizing their full potential through the humanities.
We value excellence in stewardship of resources entrusted to us from individuals, corporations, and organizations, and partnerships with federal, state, and local governments. Equity, integrity, transparency, collaboration, and ethics are our currency. Achievable and measurable results are our goals.
Each year the LEH awards Rebirth Grants in support of public humanities projects implemented by cultural institutions large and small throughout the state. This year, we awarded $160k in grants to 11 libraries and 22 organizations around the state.Read More
64 Parishes magazine—published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities—is a finalist in seven categories for the Press Club of New Orleans’s 62nd annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. Winners will be announced October 15.Read More
Historian Lisa Tetrault will clarify the history of women’s suffrage by positioning 1920 as the middle of a much larger story about the pursuit of voting rights, a struggle that is today unfinished and ongoing.Read More