For the second time in two years, Humanities Iowa (HI) has received major private foundation support, this time for a proposal to promote public discourse and open debate. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils awarded HI $29,000 for public programs in the coming year on Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative. The program will draw on Pulitzer Prize-winning work from Iowa writers. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. HI’s successful grant award will fund programs that feature Iowa’s investigative journalists, such as Art Cullen, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorialist and co-owner of the family-run Storm Lake Times, the legacies of political cartoonists such as J.N. “Ding” Darling and Paul Conrad, essayists such as Hamlin Garland, Edna Ferber and more. Last year, HI received a $20,000 grant from the Pulitzer Prize Foundation for its Campfires Initiative, which explored issues in the humanities through Iowa writing and journalism. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
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