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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.

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Writtten WordSM marks its 24th anniversary October 12-14th in Nashville. We’re celebrating the Festival season with announcements, contests, and giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Thank you for your support of Tennessee's Young Writers

We are extremely grateful to the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU, and the many individual donors who supported the Workshop with their gifts and helped us reach our fundraising goals. Thank you!

We have posted this year's lineup of confirmed authors. Read it early and often -- we'll update the list regularly over the next few weeks.

Three Tennessee teachers received Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. The award rewards teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities and who encourage the humanities to be an important part of their students’ lives.

As part of a yearlong project devoted to the work of painter Thomas Hart Benton, Doris King's art students at Clarkrange High School trained to become docents for a travelling exhibit King brought to the school as part of her 2011 Award of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. Over 900 students and adults from the town saw the exhibit during its stay at Clarkrange. And like the best museum educators, King's classes surveyed their audience to gauge the effect of their work. According to King, "Only 32% of students at the high school level have ever been to an art museum. Most students knew about the Great Depression, but had no idea it influenced the production of art. Very few recognized art could or should be used to study history."

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce the grant awards for the 2012 General Grant Program. Take a look!
 

We are so grateful to Ruta Sepetys and the students and teachers from G.W. Carver High School in Memphis and Westview High School in Martin for making April's Student Reader Day events a great success.

LAL logoAfter two months of reading and two rounds of judging the winners of this year's Letters About Literature contest have been selected. Congratulations! And the winners are...

Thirteen people will attend professional event on scholarships this month.

Recipients of the Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities are making headlines across the state. Every year, Humanities Tennessee provides up to six outstanding teachers with $3500 for professional development and humanities projects and resources. Take a look at the experiences of 2010 recipient Liz Shugart.