Nevada Humanities Programs and Events Enrich Lives and Open Minds

The mission of Nevada Humanities is to connect and transform communities by sharing and amplifying the stories, ideas, experiences, and traditions of the diverse people of Nevada. Nevada Humanities provides opportunities for the people of Nevada to think creatively and explore the world through our programs and events. We produce programs and events that articulate the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, and facilitate the investigation of ideas that matter to the people of Nevada and their communities.


Online Nevada Encyclopedia
The Online Nevada Encyclopedia (ONE) is Nevada’s primary online resource about the state’s history and contemporary culture.

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Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series
The Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series, located at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas, showcases the work of Nevada’s creative thinkers who explore a sense of place in the Silver State.

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The Salon & Pop-Up Salons
Part panel discussion, part conversation, and part social event, The Salon and Pop-Up Salon programs bring people together to converse about thought-provoking topics and ideas.


Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl
The Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl is an annual exploratory event that brings people together to celebrate Nevada’s rich literary talent; authors, poets, and artists give readings, discussions, and more at downtown Reno bars and restaurants.

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Las Vegas Book Festival
The annual Las Vegas Book Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word that features authors participating in panel discussions, book signings, readings, workshops, and special events.


Young Chautauqua
Young Chautauqua is an award-winning program in which young people learn how to research and develop original Chautauqua presentations. Nevada Humanities produces and distributes The Young Chautauqua Handbook, an educational resource for teachers and communities, to facilitate Young Chautauqua programs around Nevada and the world.

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Nevada Center for the Book
The Nevada Center for the Book is a Nevada Humanities program facilitated by the Library of Congress and dedicated to promoting literature and literacy throughout the Silver State. Programs include Nevada Humanities literary programs.

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Nevada Reads
Nevada Reads is a statewide book club that invites Nevadans to read selected works of literature and come together in their communities to share the ideas inspired by the books they read.

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Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author about how the book affected them personally. Nevada Humanities hosts the statewide chapter of this Library of Congress program.

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Nevada Humanities Awards
Nevada Humanities Awards honor the achievements of individuals and organizations for making outstanding contributions to Nevada’s communities by using the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of the people of Nevada.


Halcyon Publication Series
Nevada Humanities has published a number of important and informative books by Nevada authors under the name of Halcyon, Nevada Humanities’ publication imprint.

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Las Vegas Writes

Annually Nevada Humanities commissions writers for the Las Vegas Writes anthology to develop original works addressing a theme connected to Las Vegas. These works are compiled into a book-length volume of stories, essays, and poetry called Las Vegas Writes. The anthology premiers each year at the Las Vegas Book Festival with readings and conversations. 

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Special Initiatives
Nevada Humanities offers projects and events that offer new paths for Nevadans to experience, think about, and explore the humanities in their lives.