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Humanities Awards

Recognizing Louisiana's luminaries

For nearly 40 years, the LEH Humanities Awards have honored the historians, filmmakers, photographers, poets, artists, singer-songwriters, folklorists, educators, librarians, archivists, preservationists, and more who provide access to the source material that grounds exploratory and interpretive humanities programming.

Awards recognize documentary films and photography, humanities-themed books, museum exhibitions, literacy efforts, and individuals or organizations who have been longtime humanities advocates, with the efforts recognized in 64 Parishes magazine and at the annual Bright Lights Awards dinner.

Click here for more details on the Humanities Awards, the selection process, and current and past recipients.


Submit nominations now for the 2021 Humanities Awards

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting public nominations for the 2021 Humanities Awards, an annual program honoring Louisianans who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of the state‚Äôs culture and history. Since 1985, LEH has…

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The 2020 Humanities Awards winners

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser, has selected musician, composer and educator Terence Blanchard as the 2020 Humanist of the Year. The award, which has been given annually since 1985, is part…

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Submit nominations for Humanities Awards now

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting nominations for the 2019 Humanities Awards! Since 1985, the LEH has honored Louisianans who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. Public submissions are…

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