The Humanities Texas Awards recognize imaginative leadership in the public humanities on a local, regional, or state level. Two awards are presented: one for individual achievement and another for organizational achievement.
Nominees might include a local library that has started an especially effective reading and lecture series; a group whose work has advanced heritage tourism efforts; or an individual who has developed a significant public program grounded in history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, folklore, or another humanities discipline.
The winning individual and organization each receive a cash award of $5,000. Nominated individuals must reside in Texas, and organizations must be based in the state.
Julius Glickman, Houston
Michael L. Klein, Austin
Frances Brannen Vick , Dallas
The Museum of the the Big Bend, Alpine
Clifton and Shirley Caldwell, Albany
Brownsville Historical Association
Prior to 2008, Humanities Texas recognized outstanding leadership in the public humanities with the James F. Veninga Excellence in the Humanities Award. Past recipients of the Veninga award included:
Harold Courson, Perryton
The Education Outreach Program (EPO) of the Houston World Affairs Council
Carol H. Nicklaus, Amarillo