Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

  • New Orleans, LA
  • www.leh.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the LEH The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianians with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.

Main Programs

  1. PrimeTime Family Reading
  2. RELIC - Readings in Literature & Culture
  3. KnowLA
  4. Teacher Institutes for Advanced Studies
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

The LEH is a state-wide organization that has reached every parish in Louisiana through its programs.  The LEH continues to seek funding and partnerships that allow an even larger impact, particularly in the underserved parishes of the state.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 1983

Self-reported

Dr. Michael J Sartisky

Keywords

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LEH, Louisiana State Humanities Council, NEH Affiliate, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, RELIC, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study

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EIN

72-0795568

 Number

4250414652

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments:
 1.      The LEH completed a $4.5 million capital campaign, several years ahead of schedule.2.      The LEH won a new $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education "Teaching American History" five-year grant for Caddo Parish public school teachers. This was the seventh consecutive successful LEH TAH proposal.

3.      The LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program won a $250,000 national expansion grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

4.      The LEH won an unprecedented new $225,000 commitment from BP America (before the oil spill), to support PRIME TIME Family Reading Time family literacy programs across 15 South Louisiana parishes in 2010. This was the largest single corporate partnership ever signed by the LEH.

5.      The LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program entered into an exciting new partnership with the Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation's Mahalia Jackson Center in Central City.  This new partnership will offer an opportunity for sustained, year round, neighborhood-specific, and collaborative approach to delivering LEH's PRIME TIME program and methodology.

 Goals for 2010-11:

 1.      To debut and publicize KnowLA, the online encyclopedia of history and culture, the most comprehensive, interactive information source of its type in state history. KnowLA will add dramatically to the available landscape of high-quality, accurate information on nearly any Louisiana history and/or culture topic.2.      To maintain our core projects during the recession and not damage our infrastructure, so programming can be restored when the economy rebounds.

3.      To avoid any significant reductions in statewide grants and programming, at a time when state appropriations for the LEH are threatened in an unprecedented manner. Over the past two years alone, the LEH has been cut $1 million by the state.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

PrimeTime Family Reading

PRIME TIME, a unique six to eight-week humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling at public libraries and other venues, emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes. Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide family literacy program with national affiliates creates a precondition for all future learning by empowering parents/guardians to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

RELIC - Readings in Literature & Culture

Since 1983, the LEH's adult reading and discussion series, RELIC, has enrolled nearly 96,000 readers in 63 parishes across Louisiana. These 6-week thematic series are led by university scholars, who introduce the books and lead group discussions. Sessions are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$7,500.00

Program 3

KnowLA

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is developing an online encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture. KnowLA will be a comprehensive, dynamic online reference on the peoples, places, cultures, events, and institutions of Louisiana. The site will include entries with images, streaming audio and video files, as well as interactive timelines integrated into the texts. KnowLA will also offer resources and activities for teachers and students. The encyclopedia will be available free to users and will be accessible from any computer.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 4

Teacher Institutes for Advanced Studies

Each summer since 1985, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has provided thousands of Louisiana’s elementary, middle and high school teachers an opportunity to participate in FREE seminars that challenge teachers to discuss and think critically and intensively about history, literature and other traditional and developing disciplines in the humanities. These Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study have a mandate to enhance content-based humanities education in the state’s classrooms.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$17,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

The LEH is a state-wide organization that has reached every parish in Louisiana through its programs.  The LEH continues to seek funding and partnerships that allow an even larger impact, particularly in the underserved parishes of the state.

Funding Needs

1.      Continuing statewide support for our modest but critically important state appropriation. Our educational, teacher-training, family literacy, and diverse arts/cultural programming benefits every Louisiana community.2.      As a key component of the LEH’s strategic plan for long-term financial stability, annual support from foundations and individuals is needed to diversify our strong history of federal and state grant support. See https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=lefth&id=1(https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=lefth&id=1) for information on how you can support us. An annual goal of $1 million has been set to help offset state cuts and preserve organizational dynamism. If Louisiana’s educational, literacy, and arts/cultural needs are growing, so too should the LEH’s programming. 3.      The LEH also seeks dynamic new partnerships with Louisiana’s local, regional, national, and multi-national corporations, to build and sustain long-term mutually-beneficial relationships. Recent new partnerships with Capital One Bank, BP America, Boh Brothers Construction, Zapps Potato Chips, Iberia Bank, and others have all demonstrated the LEH’s willingness and ability to deliver maximum visibility and other “value added” benefits to our generous, visionary community partners. 4.      Adding an advisory board to ensure diversity of input and achieve programmatic needs. 5.      Continue expansion of the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time family literacy program statewide ($2 million needed), as well as nationally ($1 million needed).

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LOUISIANA ENDODIENT FOR THE RUMANITIES, INC.
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Michael J Sartisky

BIO

For the past twenty-seven years, Dr. Sartisky has been President and Executive Director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In this capacity, Dr. Sartisky has devoted his efforts to developing the statewide program in the humanities that is the responsibility and mission of the LEH. With its Prime Time Family Reading program the LEH has become the major family literacy provider in the state of Louisiana and its summer teacher institute program is the most extensive state program in the country.  During this period the LEH has awarded more than 1,800 grants totaling in excess of $20 million to organizations and institutions which foster the humanities in Louisiana, including most of the colleges and universities, museums, and libraries.  In 2000, the LEH won a Coming up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for its national Prime Time Family Literacy Project, now being piloted in 32 states. It also won a national Award of Merit for the overall quality of its program and won thirteen national NEH grants from 1984 to 2001 as well as four national NEH Exemplary Project Awards.
 

Dr. Sartisky has served as Acting-Executive Director of the California Council for the Humanities, the project director and chairman of the Advisory Board of the LEH's Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) reading programs in the parish libraries which have conducted more than 3,500 programs in the last two decades.  He has served frequently as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education and currently serves on the Louisiana Folklife Commission and the Planning Committee of the $700 million Louisiana Educational Quality Trust Fund (8G). Dr. Sartisky also directed the first statewide Louisiana literacy conference, in 1990, and served on the board of the national Responsibilities of Literacy conference organized by the Modern Language Association and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

 

After a year at Clark University, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.  After receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, majoring in American literature, he joined the English faculty of the University of New Orleans where he taught for four years. 

 

He has been a member of or served on the board of the Metropolitan Area Committee, the WYES Public Television Community Advisory Board, and the Leadership Forum of the Council for a Better Louisiana.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Kevin Kelly

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Term: Nov 2008 - Oct 2012

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