Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information:
Lizz Sinclair, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051
April 24, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has received a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and offer programming for veterans in Maine and nationwide. Building on the multi-year track record of MHC’s Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare program for caregivers and staff within the VA system in Maine and several other states, this new variant will offer facilitated reading and discussion programs to veterans directly.

The program, a multi-session reading and discussion group, will provide an informal, nonmilitary setting for veterans to connect and share their experiences, give voice to interests and issues of concern, and engage with other veterans. The program, to be developed in partnership with a team of veterans and humanities professionals, will be based on issues and themes that those veterans have highlighted as important to them. The initial programs will take place in Maine and twelve other states throughout the U.S.

“The Council is very proud to have been awarded this grant from the NEH and to have been chosen to develop nationwide humanities programming for veterans,” said MHC Executive Director Hayden Anderson. “We look forward to working with, and learning from, Maine’s veterans as they guide us in developing and offering this program. ”

The first sessions are expected to launch this summer.
About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.