Humanities Texas recently announced grant awards totaling $333,000 to thirty-two Texas cultural and educational nonprofits.

Grant recipients include museums, libraries, preservation organizations, and cultural centers in towns and cities across the state. These organizations administer humanities programs that have significant impact within their communities.

Awarded grants will support projects such as:

  • A celebration of the launch of the Tom Lea Institute's Tom Lea Trail mobile website, which will include public programs in El Paso, Dallas, Seymour, Hebbronville, and College Station
  • A virtual book club in conjunction with Shakespeare Dallas's performances of King Lear
  • The Austin African American Book Festival, which will include author showcases, workshops, and children's story times
  • A sesquicentennial celebration organized by the Texarkana Museums System exploring the musical history of Texarkana, including a performance, symposium, guided bus tour, and youth piano competition
  • An exhibition on the history of the aviation industry in Fort Worth since 1911 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • A series of public programs at Austin's Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center exploring how West African culture shaped the history and traditions of Puerto Rico
  • An oral history podcast from the Game Before the Money Oral History Foundation about the golden age of HBCU football

"These grants support programs exploring a remarkably broad range of topics," said Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas executive director. "Providing Texans with such opportunities for learning and reflection is at the heart of our mission."

Humanities Texas grants support a wide range of public programs throughout the state: lectures, panel discussions, and conferences; teacher institutes; reading- and film-discussion groups; interpretive exhibitions; television and radio programming; film production; and interactive multimedia programming. All funded programs are firmly grounded in the humanities and are directed to the general public.

Humanities Texas grants are made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tom Lea with Pass of the North, his mural at the United States Court House in El Paso, 1938.
Shakespeare Dallas production at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux signs copies of her book at the 2022 Austin African American Book Festival.