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April 2008 II

Federal/State Partnership
congratulates
the Mississippi Humanities Council's

BARBARA CARPENTER

for being selected to receive
the 2008 Governor’s Initiative
for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award for Achievement in Volunteer Service in the Arts and Humanities

Barbara Carpenter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Humanities Council
Barbara Carpenter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Humanities Council

Dr. Barbara Carpenter has been selected for the 2008 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award for Achievement in Volunteer Service in the Arts and Humanities.  She will be honored at the 16th Annual GIVE Awards Ceremony at noon on April 25, 2008 at the Jackson Marriott for her tireless work to build intellectual capital and develop individual humanities and arts capacity for the state. The awards are presented by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, Governor Haley Barbour, and First Lady Marsha Barbour.   

"The GIVE Awards are a powerful reminder of Mississippi citizens whose spirit of generosity and goodwill is essential to their communities," said Marsha Meeks Kelly, executive director of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service. 

Barbara Carpenter, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, has served Mississippi for three decades as a humanities professional. She has given of personal time and energy to mentor individuals and create networks in ways that have helped Mississippi strengthen its capacity for arts and humanities. In the wake of Katrina, having known first hand the struggles of many small ethnic groups in the state, Carpenter realized that groups, which had contributed substantively to the rich cultural heritage of Mississippi, could quickly disperse and disappear. She organized what came to be known as Culture Clubs, bringing together leaders from state agencies along with representatives from various ethnic groups to discuss needs and provide guidance on how to obtain help to meet basic needs. 

Her most valuable volunteer effort is her tireless work to build intellectual capital and develop individual humanities and arts capacity for the state.  These are efforts that are slow to sprout, slow to grow and slow to bloom.  But the fruits of these efforts will provide the state with sustenance for more than a generation to come.

—from the April 15 press release of the Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service

FEDERAL/STATE PARTNERSHIP
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax
www.neh.gov/partnership (logon "fedstate" password "partnership")

Edie Manza, director
202.606.8257
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
202.606.8302
Shirley Newman, program assistant
202.606.8254
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
202.606.8266

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Federal/State Partnership is the liaison between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nonprofit network of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils