Pulitzer Prizes Awards $24,000 to Alabama Humanities Foundation for 2016 Centennial Campfires Initiative

BIRMINGHAM – The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the award of $24,000 to Alabama Humanities Foundation for a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative.

The project will raise awareness of and celebrate the works and literature of Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in Alabama.

The initiative includes partnerships with Alabama Public Radio, Alabama Public Television (APT), Alabama Writers’ Forum, Alabama Center for the Book/Alabama Writers Hall of Fame and the Alabama Press Association.

“We are blessed in this state to have many Pulitzer Prize winners, and we intend to showcase them and the works that earned them the nation’s highest journalistic achievement award,” said Alabama Humanities Foundation Executive Director Armand DeKeyser.

In February, AHF will be sponsoring a Pulitzer panel presentation at the winter convention and journalism summit of the Alabama Press Association in Tuscaloosa. The panel will include Pulitzer Prize winners with ties to Alabama.

Alabama native and Pulitzer Prize winner Joey Bunch will be the speaker for APA’s luncheon that day in conjunction with the Pulitzer recognition. Bunch, a former Fort Payne Times-Journal sports editor was part of The Denver Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings in 2013. Bunch is a native of DeKalb County, attended Northeast Alabama Community College and the University of Montevallo.

About the Campfires Initiative

To prepare for the centennial, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the Campfires Initiative, which aims to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values the Prizes represent. To inspire year-long programming throughout the country, the board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on the initiative. After a review of grant proposals, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded more than $1.5 million to 46 state humanities councils.

The programs will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning work in journalism, arts and letters and music. The goal of the board and the Federation of State Humanities Council is to engage American communities in discussion about the values these disciplines represent. “We look forward to bringing the centennial to life next year with a diverse array of council programming that reconnects Americans with the nation’s amazing cultural production of the last 100 years,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

The Federation and the Pulitzer Prize Board, which is headquartered at Columbia University, developed this initiative together. It is supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Pulitzer Prize Board.

To learn more about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, visit www.statehumanities.org.

To learn more about the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires Initiative, please see their March 2015 announcement.