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Governor’s Awards 2023 Recap

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Last month’s Governor’s Awards in the Humanities event was our most successful to date.

More than 200 guests joined us at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on September 28, 2023, to celebrate the public humanities and the accomplishments of our honorees Elizabeth Bacon, Margaret Burnham, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, and Kumble Subbaswamy.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors, board, and community of supporters, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal, raising $205,000 to support our grant initiatives and programs across the state, helping to create a strong foundation as we enter our 50th year.

It’s taken me, today, to questions of redress and reparation, how we talk about, appreciate, and recover the past. Law alone will not get you there, you need the humanities to answer the large questions about how we deal with our past. You need philosophy, you need religion, you need art, you need music, you need drama, you need it all.”
-Margaret Burnham, 2023 Governor’s Award recipient

Do you know a local humanities leader? We are currently accepting nominations of individuals whose public actions are grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and who have acted to enhance civic life Massachusetts. Please submit the name of the nominee, and any other information you wish to provide, to Diane Feltner at dfeltner@masshumanities.org before December 1.

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