Announcing the Featured Books for Summer 2024!

Recommending Author Jaed Coffin has made his picks for the Maine Humanities' statewide community read—Marpheen Chann's Moon in Full and Shannon Bowring's The Road to Dalton.

“Marpheen's memoir helps all of us imagine Maine in ways that maybe we've never been asked to before.”

Jaed Coffin, Recommending Author

The Road to Dalton reads more like a collage than a singular painting—it's a novel with so many tricks up its sleeve.”

JAED COFFIN, Recommending Author

$5,000 supporting five projects across maine

Civil Rights Club at Scarborough High School

Guest Speaker Series & Book Study



Penobscot Marine Museum

Artist Shoots Artists: Peggy McKenna and the Midcoast Maine Art Scene



Veronica Perez

braiding circles



Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Inside Vision



Elder Akewi

Queering: Community

South Portland


2024 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize

Accepting nominations October 1 - December 31, 2023

Do you know of a Maine resident who has connected and empowered people in our state through the public humanities?

Every two years, Maine Humanities celebrates how people in Maine have contributed to the public humanities—by going deep within their communities and regions, or by reaching the whole state. 

Artwork: Eamon White

Over $11,000 supporting six projects across Maine

Literacy Volunteers of Kennebec

Intergenerational Literacy



Woman for Healthy Rural Living

The Banned Book Groups



Maine Maritime Museum

2023 Symposium: Advancing Access and Equity




A Discussion of Wabanaki Sovereignty



Patten Free Library

Race and Equity: Many Voices



Evelyn Wong

Lunar New Year in Waterville, Maine



Announcing Jaed Coffin as Recommending Author for Read ME 2024

Coffin's selections for our 2024 statewide summer read will be announced in January with library registration opening in February.

Jaed Coffin is the author of the memoirs A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants and Roughhouse Friday. His essays and stories have been featured in the New York Times, The Sun Magazine, Snap Judgment, Moth Radio Hour, Best American Travel Writing, and TED Channel. A contributing editor at Down East magazine, he teaches journalism and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire and has spoken at over twenty colleges and universities. He lives in his hometown of Brunswick with his wife and two daughters. 

Over $6,000 supporting seven projects across maine

Franco-American Heritage Center

Books and Stories at the Franco Center



Chebeague Island Historical Society

1890 Passamaquoddy Wax Cylinder Recordings and Native Legends Through Song and Dance

Chebeague Island


Whitefield Library Association

The Petra and Mo Show at Whitefield Library



Millay House Rockland

Never Through Me Shall You Be Overcome: Poets in Resistance & Solidarity




Standing Stories

Northeast Harbor


Maine Maritime Museum

Engaging All: Inclusive Exhibition Research and Accessibility Planning, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiences



Ethereal Roots LLC

The Joy Truck Project: Traveling Community Resource Center



Over $15,000 supporting 10 projects across Maine

Portland Parks Conservancy

Understanding the Complex History of Portland's Riverton Trolley Park



Pejepscot History Center

40th Anniversary of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum: Theatrical Performance and Lecture



Messalonskee Middle School

Award Winning Readers



Paris Public Library Association

Passport to the World Summer Reading Program

South Paris


Liberty Library

'Northeaster' Presentation and Discussion by Cathie Pelletier



Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Lifting Up Survivors' Stories



Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial Foundation

'Allagash: New England's Wild River' Presentation by Author Tim Caverly Funding



Stonington Public Library

Edible Island: Food, Culture, and Community



Merrymeeting Adult Education

Create Your Recovery



SPACE Gallery

Scapegoat Garden's Liturgy | Order | Bridge



Over $96,000 supporting 14 projects across Maine

Maine State Library

Jason Reynolds at Reading Round Up 2023



Italian Studies Program, Colby College

Italian Trans Geographies: A Film Series



Maine Adult Education Association

Nourishing Educators 2023



Island Readers & Writers

'Dear Teacher….' A Celebration of Literacy and Rural Education

Mount Desert


The Kneeling Art Photography Project 

Taking a Knee for Change Workshops



Penobscot Theatre Company

Transformer Tales



Wild Blueberry Heritage Center

Collecting and Presenting Stories of the Wild Blueberry Lands



Castine Historical Society

Hidden Legacies: Uncovering Castine's African American History



Indigo Arts Alliance

Art in the Wake: Reckoning and Re-membering 



Juneteenth Downeast

Juneteenth Downeast Commemoration 2023: Illuminating the Continuum of the Black Experience in Maine



Classical Uprising

Where do you like to go? - Celebrating Maine’s changing identity in the 21st century



Mayo Street Arts

Taíno Language & Culture Summit



The Telling Room

Growing an Audience for Maine’s Young Authors: The Telling Room’s 2023 Statewide Anthology Project 



Cobscook Institute

Collaborative Design & Facilitated Process to Establish a Director of Indigenous Teaching & Learning at Cobscook Institute

Trescott Township


Join us for a community reception at Lewiston Public Library

  • Friday, March 31, 2023
  • 4:00-6:00PM

Join us at an upcoming community reception to meet Samaa Abdurraqib, MHC's Executive Director! 

You'll hear a welcome from MHC's board chair, words from a community partner, and hear Samaa share her vision and goals for the coming years.

You'll also have a chance to chat informally with Samaa over light refreshments. We hope you'll join us. 

Over $4,000 supporting five projects across maine

Mechanics' Hall

Participatory Arts at Mechanics' Hall



Museum L-A

The Mainer Project: A Community Conversation



Penobscot Marine Museum

From Maine to Around the World



Halcyon Music

After All: A Musical Reflection on the Trajectories of Our Nation



University of Southern Maine Art Galleries

Braiding Circles