Council receives $100,750 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

We’re excited to share the news that the Kentucky Humanities Council will receive a $100,750 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue its Kentucky Chautauqua® in the Schools and Prime Time Family Reading Time programs in 2010.

The Kentucky Humanities Council’s funding is categorized as a Federal/State Partnership “We the People” grant, which supports projects sponsored by state humanities councils that explore significant events and themes in American history and culture.

Created in 1992 as the Kentucky Humanities Council’s contribution to the Commonwealth’s bicentennial celebration, Kentucky Chautauqua® is a living history program that has brought to life more than 50 fascinating figures from Kentucky’s past. Chautauqua dramatists have told these stories to nearly 500,000 people and in every Kentucky county. The 2009-10 cast of 23 characters includes such notable Kentuckians in history as Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Lily May Ledford and Pee Wee Reese.

This funding will help underwrite the majority of the cost of Chautauqua programs in Kentucky classrooms. Chautauqua in the Schools programs not only bring Kentucky history directly to students in a classroom setting, but they also offer a varied instructional strategy that aligns with core content and academic expectations.

The council’s We the People grant will also support its family literacy program, Prime Time Family Reading Time. Originally developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Prime Time helps families bond around the act of reading and talking about books. In each of six weekly sessions, a discussion leader and storyteller lead programs that demonstrate effective reading techniques. The books introduced to children ages 6 to 10 and their parents explore timeless issues of humanity – fairness, greed, courage, coping and determination – while helping them understand the dynamics of making life choices. A “library commercial” in each session will help families become active public library users.

The council and the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives will select at least eight libraries across the state to host Prime Time in 2010. Applications are being accepted until Sept. 30.

“We are extremely pleased to continue providing Chautauqua in the Schools and Prime Time Family Reading Time programs with the continued support of the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Virginia Carter, Kentucky Humanities Council executive director. “These programs go to the heart of what we do — bringing Kentuckians together through programs that honor the values by which we live, the ideas that organize our thinking and all the ways we communicate with each other. History and literacy are two very important components of the humanities, and we are proud to be the tool that brings the humanities to the state of Kentucky.”


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