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The NEH Provides Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Diverse Audiences

The National Endowment for the Humanities creates educational opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring that, wherever you are in the United States, you have the opportunity to explore humanities ideas and themes, whether through television and radio or personal interaction.

The NEH helps vulnerable adults engage in critical thinking and dialogue. Through NEH grants, organizations around the country are able to bring literature, writing, and other educational practices to individuals in residential treatment facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, and senior centers. Other programs help recent immigrants explore and express their experiences while building connections with their new communities.

The NEH brings lifelong learning programs to veterans. Programs like Dialogues on the Experience of War and Aquila Theatre’s Our Warrior Chorus help veterans gain new insights into their experiences through classic works of literature and film.

The NEH brings lifelong learning opportunities to rural areas. In places like Yakima, Washington, Elko, Nevada, Brigham City, Utah, and Dyess, Arkansas, the NEH has provided critical support to museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations. These grants help organizations build lifelong-learning programs that directly serve their regions’ needs and interests. Lecture series, public dialogues, live performances, festivals, and hands-on learning opportunities help people thoughtfully engage with the humanities.

The NEH supports community-education programs throughout the nation. NEH-funded traveling exhibitions and public digitization programs always include lifelong learning opportunities that connect broad themes with local interests. And by funding the production of radio and television documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War and Nancy Buirski’s *The Loving Project*, the NEH ensures that Americans of all ages have access to quality educational television and radio. Download as a printable PDF.

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