LEWISTON — Myron Beasley, a Bates College professor, is one of two 2024 recipients of the Maine Humanities Council’s Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize.

Maya Williams, Portland’s seventh poet laureate, is the other winner.

Beasley, associate professor of American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, is being recognized for his innovative leadership in conversations around art, his care in connecting audiences, and the breadth and depth he brings to his creative projects, according to a Maine Humanities Council news release.

“Myron Beasley’s work as a scholar, curator, and performance artist recognizes the power of art and ideas to transform communities. We wanted to honor his commitment to highlighting the important stories and work of people from marginalized groups,” Luis Millones, a Maine Humanities Council board member, said.

The prize will be awarded during a ceremony Wednesday, May 8, at the Equality Community Center in Portland.

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