Please note: The deadline for applications to this workshop passed on March 1, 2019, and we are unable to accept more applications at this time.



New Orleans: Music, Culture and Civil Rights is seeking a diverse group of full-time or part-time educators from a variety of humanities-based disciplines, including teachers in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Workshop content is appropriate for elementary, middle and high school grade levels, and all K-12 educators are invited to apply. To ensure vibrant pedagogical conversations and project planning, we are seeking a cross-disciplinary, mixed grade-level cohort that is representative of multiple geographic regions of the U.S. Please note that music teachers are welcome to apply, but the workshop is designed for all teachers!

*In addition to classroom teachers, we also extend the invitation to apply to all K-12 educators, including administrators, librarians, school counselors, student support personnel, etc. Please contact us if you have any questions at musicrising@tulane.edu.

Eligibility & Instructions

Important: Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Landmarks workshops here.

Please click here to download application information and instructions that apply to all NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Teachers. This document includes important information about selection criteria, stipend requirements, and application instructions.

Ready to Apply?

We look forward to receiving your completed application via email to by the March 1, 2019 deadline. You must submit your application via email directly to musicrising@tulane.edu. You will NOT submit your final completed application to the NEH.

If you anticipate any difficulties with electronic/email submission, contact us before February 22, 2019, and we will work with you to make other arrangements for submission.

A completed application consists of three components, included as PDF attachments:

  • Completed NEH application coversheet
  • Résumé or short biography (including a professional reference)
  • Application essay (no longer than 2 double-spaced pages)

1. NEH Application Coversheet

  • You must fill this out online – then print and save electronically to submit with the rest of your application.
  • Begin here. (https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/)
  • Follow the prompts to provide your contact information, information on your teaching, and the workshop selection with your first and second choices of dates.
  • Before you click “submit,” print the cover sheet to add to your application package
  • Click “submit” to send this form to the NEH — this is the only piece of the application that the NEH should receive directly. A confirmation page appears after you click submit.
  • Create an electronic copy of your NEH application coversheet by scanning your printed confirmation or by saving the confirmation page as a PDF or HTML document to include with your full application.

2. Résumé and Reference

Please include a résumé or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure this includes the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of one professional reference.

3. Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than two double-spaced pages.  The essay should address:

  • your professional background
  • your interest in the subject of the workshop
  • special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop
  • how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service

Please be specific in how you address these areas. We want to know what is compelling to you about the workshop New Orleans: Music, Culture and Civil Rights, what you will bring to the community of learners who engage in this particular investigation, and how you anticipate taking your experience back to your school.

To Submit Your Application:

NOTE  – Materials must be submitted electronically (via email) in PDF format. Contact us by February 22, 2019 if you anticipate any difficulty with these requirements.

  • Send your NEH coversheet confirmation, résumé with reference, and essay as PDF attachments via email to: musicrising@tulane.edu
  • DO NOT SEND ITEMS TO THE NEH. Application materials sent to the NEH will NOT be reviewed.
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 1, 2019.


Important Dates

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Notification Date: March 29, 2019
Accept/Decline Deadline: April 5, 2019


After You Apply:

A workshop team member will confirm receipt of the cover letter, résumé, and essay within 2 weeks of your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call us at 504-314-2854.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 29, 2019 and will have until Friday, April 5, 2019, to accept or decline the offer. Please be sure that you have provided an email address and phone number at which you can be reached during that week.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.

Once you confirm your participation, you will receive additional information about housing, online readings, and other details pertaining to the workshops.

Selection Process:

Five workshop spaces will be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less). While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.  For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.  TDD:  202/606‑8282 (for the hearing impaired only).