“The joy we feel at having had the opportunity to connect with and make a positive difference in our children’s lives is the first joy we have felt living in such a dark, forbidding place. Family Read has allowed us to feel like fathers and grandfathers again… This program allowed us to feel emotions buried deep inside us and let us share them openly bringing joy and happiness into our lives. Speaking for many of us, this program, unlike so many others, made a dramatic impact on all of us and our families… I can assure you, that your efforts, and the efforts of the Connecticut Humanities Council will never be forgotten by any of us.”
Connecticut Humanities creates opportunities to think, learn and understand more about ourselves, our communities and our state. We believe this work is essential to a democratic society, to the well-being of the people, and to the economic vitality of Connecticut.
We bring together people of different viewpoints, ages and backgrounds to learn from and about each other, discuss issues of vital concern, explore new ideas and historical perspectives, and experience the cultural richness around them. We also serve as an advocate for, partner of, and grant-maker to Connecticut organizations that share our vision.
Connecticut Humanities provides grants to historical societies for exhibitions and programs exploring the state’s rich history, offers book-based facilitated discussions for all ages in libraries across the state and provides after-school programs in the Hartford, New Haven, and New London systems. We are dedicated to connecting people and ideas whether through creating a program on our own, teaming up with partners around the state, or providing the funding to help other cultural organizations bring programs to life. All of our work brings people together to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. We believe the humanities provide a way to see our world more clearly, connect more fully with the people around us (especially those who don’t look the same, share all the same beliefs or come from the same backgrounds) and, in the process, probably even learn a bit more about ourselves. The work of Connecticut Humanities helps all of us in Connecticut grow as individuals, become more connected members of our communities and more vital participants in a democratic society.