The humanities–poetry in particular–did just that for Adam Henze. The Evansville native and IU grad student was named the Official Track Poet for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 through a poetry contest initiated by Indiana Humanities. Thanks to his imaginative and iconic poem, Henze’s work was heard–literally–’round the world.
Luis Ruvalcaba and his family were newcomers to Indiana, seeking to get connected. They discovered Indiana Humanities and have gone ALL-IN, participating in block parties, a Chew on This, and by reading titles from the Next Indiana Bookshelf. “Indiana Humanities helps the people of Indiana figure out what it means to be a Hoosier,” says Luis, who credits our programs with helping him develop a genuine desire to learn more about the people, places and history of Indiana.
We’re also a grant-maker, a convener, a leader and a partner. Over the past five years we’ve distributed more than $340,000 in grants to 130 organizations in 60 Indiana cities and towns for humanities public programs and historic preservation education. Those grants have funded field trips to historic properties, literature workshops for teachers, documentaries, mobile apps and more.
Indiana Humanities is the only organization that delivers the humanities to Hoosiers all across the state. By supporting Indiana Humanities, you can ensure Hoosiers like Adam and Luis have access to free, public programs dedicated to encouraging critical thinking and discussion.
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