Senate President Joel Chaisson, D-Destrehan, will be honored this year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) as "Legislator of the Year." Chaisson and Sen. Lydia P. Jackson, D-Shreveport, will share the award for "their steadfast and effective advocacy to assist the LEH in securing state resources to support its statewide humanities programs," according to a press release issued by the group. Along with other statewide award winners, they will be recognized during a March 6 reception at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens on River Road in Darrow.
The nonprofit LEH is the Louisiana affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The group sponsors grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional-development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programs. Each year, the LEH honors Louisianans who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. This year's top honor — the "2010 Humanist of the Year" — is Michael White, the acclaimed New Orleans jazz clarinetist, scholar and Xavier University music educator. Several other Louisianans will be honored as well at LEH's March awards ceremony. For more information, contact Brian Boyles at 620-2622 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Jeremy Alford