[Courtesy of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' Website]

LA Endowment for the Humanities Announces 2024 Award Winners

07:00 January 24, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Human Centered Artists, Writers, & Thinkers

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced the nine recipients who will be receiving the organization's Humanitarian Awards for 2024. The winners will be honored at the Bright Lights Awards Dinner on April 23 in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Museum.

Dickie Landry will be named the Humanist of the Year and is being honored for his involvement in and commitment to the arts. Landry is a composer, photographer, painter, and photographer, as well as a skilled saxophonist. In his lifetime, he has documented the New York art scene through photography, opened several of Robert Rauschenberg's exhibitions, played in the Philip Glass Ensemble, and so much more. He has spent his life connecting musicians and uplifting Louisiana's local talent. Landry famously helped with the 1986 Graceland album by connecting Paul Simon with Terrance Simien.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has also announced eight recipients of the Humanities Award in addition to the Humanist of the Year award. These awards recognize those working in advocacy, documentary photography and film, historians, and other such essential and human centered work. Some of these impressive award winners include Nick Mueller for being a military historian, Ben Depp for his documentary photography, Elizabeth Ellis for her book The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South, Jane Wolfe for her nonprofit work with Eat and Read at Melba's, and Freddi Williams Evans for her scholarship on African American history in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is committed to the communities that make up the state and supporting the pursuit of reflecting on the history and future of Louisiana through art, writing, and performance.

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