Library of America announces a new national public humanities program offering $1,200 grants to libraries, museums, and nonprofit cultural institutions to host public programs.
Lift Every Voice is dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the African American poetic tradition and its imaginative range and richness. Its principal objective is to engage participants in a multifaceted exploration of the tradition, the perspectives it offers on American history and the struggle for racial justice, and the universality of its portrait of the personal experiences of African Americans over three centuries.
Funded with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective, Lift Every Voice is directed by Library of America and principal humanities advisor Kevin Young and is presented in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, National Book Foundation, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Society of America, and Poets House.
The application deadline is now March 20, 2020. Winners will be notified by March 31, 2020, and the grant term runs from September 2020 to March 2021.