Humanities Council of Washington, DC

“Soul of the City helped me get my son back on track...As a result of Soul of the City, [he] is now putting more effort academically, he has become very selective of the company he keeps and he no longer takes life for granted.”

Leisa Bush- YillahParent of SOTC participant

Our Mission

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (Humanities DC) aims to celebrate the vibrant tapestry of culture in the Nation’s Capital through humanities programming and grants.

About Us

We reach over 667,000 people every year, including thousands of children, to engage them in substantive discussions surrounding community history, socio-political issues, literature, and more. We reach out to each of the eight wards to encourage residents to embrace the breadth and depth of DC’s culture and to collaborate with us to develop activities that promote diversity, dialogue, and life-long learning.

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Introducing the 2017-2021 FSHC Board Candidate Slate
Introducing the 2017-2021 FSHC Board Candidate Slate
August 9, 2017

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.

Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
August 16, 2016

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!

Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
June 28, 2016

Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.

Councils Kick Off Summer-Inspired Pulitzer Programming
Councils Kick Off Summer-Inspired Pulitzer Programming
June 2, 2016

Councils launch programs geared towards summer, American history, food safety, the outdoors, and youth in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.

FY2014 Income Survey Results
FY2014 Income Survey Results
March 8, 2016

Based on audited information supplied by councils, the income survey report provides valuable information about the sources of council support each year, as well as funding trends over time.