“To see the look on the children’s faces as they explored interactive exhibits, recognized a relative in Ashland’s old photographs or listened intently to an oral history was so rewarding – recognizing that it was an experience they may have never had otherwise.”
Becky BoddieCity Councilwoman on the Museum on Main Street exhibition stop in Ashland, Alabama
Alabama Humanities Foundation fosters learning, understanding and appreciation of our people, communities and cultures.
Founded in 1974, Alabama Humanities Foundation encourages and promotes appreciation of literature, history, law, philosophy and the arts through programs, events and grants to help others discover and share the meanings of life found through the humanities. Our council connects Alabama’s communities through engagement in the humanities, tailoring its programs and funding projects to address needs. We are driven to enrich and enhance the lives of Alabamians and offer all residents opportunities to explore the humanities.
In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.
On August 2, 2017, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced awards of more than $39.3 million for 245 humanities projects nationwide that will support local cultural organizations and individual scholars. Of that $39.3 million, $785,907 in grants were awarded to three state humanities councils: Alabama Humanities Foundation, Indiana Humanities, and Michigan Humanities Council.
Prepared for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies by Esther Mackintosh, President, Federation of State Humanities Councils, Addressing the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 24, 2017.
The Federation of State Humanities Councils is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its board of directors, effective November 12, 2016. The board members include two humanities council executive directors and two public members.
Presenting the 2016-2020 Federation board candidates – Steven Seibert (FL), Briann Greenfield (NJ), Joan Abrams (RI), and Armand DeKeyser (AL).
The AHF awards grants solely to support public humanities projects. Active public participation, involvement of humanities scholars, and strong humanities content are the three essential ingredients of AHF-funded projects.
The grants program accommodates the broadest possible range of topics and formats for imaginative proposals. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects for a wide variety of audiences including: library and museum patrons, teachers and scholars, youth, senior citizens, nursing home residents, hospital patients, the economically disadvantaged, the incarcerated, and the hearing and sight impaired. (AHF provides fees for signers for the hearing impaired).