Nevada Humanities Creates Programs that Connect Nevadans
with Nevada's Culture and Heritage - and Beyond.

Programs produced and sponsored by Nevada Humanities provide opportunities for Nevadans to read widely, think deeply, and become engaged in their communities. In addition to the several hundred separate activities supported each year through grants, Nevada Humanities coordinates several programs directly and in cooperation with other organizations.

Humanities on the Road
Humanities on the Road sends Nevada's scholars and writers to diverse communities throughout the state to provide engaging public programs that explore Nevada’s history and heritage. Humanities on the Road programs are available to any non-profit organization in Nevada and are frequently used by libraries, community centers, service clubs, and schools.

Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl
The Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl is an exploratory, annual event that brings residents of Reno together to celebrate, and be inspired by, the rich literary talent in our state. The Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl presents notable Nevada authors at venues throughout the Downtown Reno Arts Corridor, where they perform live readings of fiction, non‐fiction, and poetry. All ages are welcome to participate; there is a special series of readings for young adult readers.

Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series

In 2013, Nevada Humanities moved into its first publicly accessible storefront in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. This Program Gallery has become home to the Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series, which showcases the work of Nevada artists, writers, photographers, and other creative thinkers who explore and articulate a sense of place in the Silver State. This program is designed to engage viewers in a dialogue about all aspects of the Nevada experience. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, in the 18b Arts District.

The Online Nevada Encyclopedia, also known as the ONE, is a multimedia online resource produced by Nevada Humanities that blends articles, images, and interactive media to explore the landscape, people, and events that have shaped the Silver State’s politics, economy, and culture. The ONE is used widely in K-12 classrooms

The Salon
The Salon is a gathering where a select group of panelists and members of the audience have a conversation about thought-provoking topics and ideas. Part panel discussion, part conversation, part social event, The Salon encourages participants to explore new ideas in facilitated conversation and then together informally while enjoying refreshments. Past Salon topics include discussions about art and revolutions, interdisciplinary thinking, video games as art, and sense-of-place writing.

Las Vegas Book Festival
The Las Vegas Book Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. This annual festival is the largest literary event in the Las Vegas Valley, drawing more than 10,000 attendees during the season. Since its founding by Nevada Humanities in 2002, the festival has presented over 600 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 450 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.

Great Basin Young Chautauqua
Great Basin Young Chautauqua, which was founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993, is the youth adjunct to the annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival. Young Chautauqua is an intense program of scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing. Young Chautauquans commit to developing a theatrical character in late January and spend more than six months reading biographies, learning stories, and rehearsing their character in front of other young scholars at bimonthly meetings. They each create a costume and polish flexible 5, 10, and 15-minute monologues that they present to community groups, schools, libraries, service organizations, and at Nevada Humanities Chautauqua in June.

Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12, run through the Library of Congress. Students across the country are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are due on January 11, 2019 and are then judged on state and national levels with Nevada winners announced in May and national winners announced by the Library of Congress in late spring. For more information about Letters About Literature, visit the Library of Congress website