The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the first recipients of its new Humanities Access grant, a program offering significant grants to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

Last fall’s Grapes of Wrath project, carried out in fifteen NH towns with support from New Hampshire Humanities, inspired Russell Bastedo, retired State of New Hampshire Division of Cultural Resources Curator, to share this reflection:

"Our Stories; Our Community" is the theme of this year's Family Literacy Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2 - 5 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Students enrolled in the New Hampshire Humanities Connections book discussion groups through our participating adult literacy partners are invited to attend along with their family members.

The “30 Pages in 30 Days” playwriting competition described in our February Calendar inspired a high school theater class. Here, their teacher shares the impact that the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s project had on his students.

By Debbie Watrous, Executive Director

Nonprofits are always seeking to demonstrate the impact of their work. In the humanities, defining “impact” can be a challenge. What is the impact of expanded knowledge or of civil conversation? A more nuanced understanding? A new perspective?

Last fall Prescott Park Arts Festival, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, held a playwriting competition that challenged and guided aspiring playwrights to use drama to explore complex social issues affecting their communities. Seventeen playwrights submitted original work as part of the “30 Pages in 30 Days” competition.

New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with Dartmouth College and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), launched an innovative program for veterans in the fall of 2016, From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming, a book discussion group for veterans and current service members.

New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant of $3,175 to the NH World Fellowship Center for a project about a McCarthy-era legal case that took a conflict between the New Hampshire attorney general and the director of a White Mountains conference center all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Panelists and participants will look at the case Uphaus v.

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s masterful novel about poverty and suffering, strength and resilience, was the cornerstone of a successful collaboration spanning fifteen towns in southern New Hampshire this fall, supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities community project grant and coordinated by the Fireseed Alliance.