Each year, Humanities Tennessee provides funding support to Knoxville Public Library for the Children's Festival of Reading and to the Tennessee Historical Society in support of Tennessee History Day, the state competition for National History Day. Each of these programs promotes education in the humanities for the youth of Tennessee.
Tennessee History Day, held on April 21st, engaged students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Through exhibits, performances, websites, documentary films, and papers, students tackled the theme of Revolution, Reaction, and Reform. Out of 5,000 students participating from across the state, 63 state winners qualified to represent Tennessee in the National History Day competition in Baltimore. Three Tennessee students received national honors!
On May 19th, authors, illustrators, storytellers, and artists descended upon World's Fair Park in Knoxville for the 2012 Children's Festival of Reading. The festival featured Gail Carson Levine, David Ezra Stein, Dan Yaccarino, Alyssa Cappucilli, Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm among many, many others.