The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC) collaborates with NEH to increase the impact of the humanities in public life and works especially close with the NEH Federal/State Partnership Office, coordinating services to the state humanities councils and representing their interests within the agency.
In 2016, FSHC and the state humanities councils are partnering with the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative to conduct programs in communities throughout the country that increase awareness and appreciation of fine literature and journalism during the 100th anniversary year of the Pulitzer Prizes.
FSHC is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), and the two organizations work closely together, as the primary organizations advocating on behalf of the humanities, to coordinate messages and strengthen the humanities voice with Congress and others. In 2016, for the first time, FSHC and NHA are coming together to plan, support and host the National Humanities Conference.
The Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, a part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, brings programming resources to underserved rural communities through their own Main Street museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. Created in partnership with the state humanities councils, the MoMS project launched its first exhibition in 1994 and since then has collaborated with FSHC and the councils to serve more than 900 communities in 46 states and in Guam.
Offering year-long academic programs, NHD annually engages more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Student present their projects as local contests and winners progress to regional and state contests, with the possibility of ultimately competing in the national contest in College Park, MD. FSHC representatives have served on the board or advisory council of NHD for more than 25 years. Many state humanities councils support NHD in their states or serve as the NHD state coordinator for this highly effective educational program.
In 2015, FSHC secured a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch a pilot project in partnership with CDP on behalf of the state humanities councils. The goals of the project were to learn how data collected by CDP could be used to strengthen councils and bolster our ability to make the case for the impact of their work.
To draw attention to the universality and importance of the humanities in our lives, the National Humanities Center, in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, has launched the Humanities Moments project. By powerfully illustrating the critical role of the humanities in civil society, and inviting participation from individuals in all sectors of public life, this project intends to do no less than re-image the entire value proposition for the humanities. Rather than a narrow, and inherently limiting focus on a finite end “product,” the project illuminates the powerful ways the humanities instill the skills and components inherent in the process of discovery, of imagination and problem solving – necessary tools for innovation and creative thought in all professional fields.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) provides authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector through studies, publications, and programs. FSHC partnered with AAAS in gathering information for their 2013 report, “The Heart of the Matter,” which focused on the need to maintain excellence in the humanities and social sciences, and continued to work together to promote the report.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) strengthens the museum community by developing standards and best practices, providing resources and career development, and advocating on behalf of museums. FSHC partners with AAM to advocate with Congress, to promote humanities programming in museums, and to strengthen the collective impact of humanities institutions.
Kettering’s research is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. FSHC has partnered with Kettering on a variety of projects to explore the impact of the humanities on citizen engagement in addressing issues of public concern.
Imagining America (IA) advances publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. FSHC and IA are united in their belief in the value of engagement between scholars and the public to contribute to community action and revitalization. The two organizations attend and speak at each other’s conferences.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) promotes American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. ACLS advances scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies. FSHC is an affiliate member of ACLS.