California Humanities

“I am going to be aware of what is occurring around me and in the world. I will act for the changes I think are needed, with love, understanding, and strength.”

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Our Mission

To connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

About Us

Since 1975, California Humanities has been bringing people together around their history and culture. Every day we ask ourselves: what does it take to create “a state of open mind?” Initially founded as a granting organization, California Humanities has grown and evolved over the years. We promote the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to become a better California. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations. Our audience is as diverse as the 38 million people from every corner of the globe that make up our state.

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The Federation of State Humanities Councils’ 2017 Nominating Committee announced a slate of three candidates for the Federation board to be brought to the membership for a vote at the annual business meeting in November.

Testimony on Behalf of the Federation of State Humanities Councils (HOUSE)
Testimony on Behalf of the Federation of State Humanities Councils (HOUSE)
May 25, 2017

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.

Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 2 of 2)
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More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.

Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
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This month, join councils in various Pulitzer100 reading and discussion groups, creative writing workshops, lectures and conversations surrounding important local and political issues, youth-centered events, and a jazz festival!