New York Council for the Humanities

“The series drew attendance that was 25-to-50% higher than our usual program attendance and reached an audience that we normally do not reach in our programming—male non-library-users. The response to the series was overwhelmingly positive and the participants are eager for more lectures.”

Karen LaRocca-FelsProject Director, Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

Our Mission

The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to provide leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.

About Us

The New York Council was founded in 1975 and asks the question: What does it mean to be human? The humanities teach us how, not what, to think; they help us form and articulate our ideas and beliefs. Involvement in humanities subjects develops critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, communication and problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation. They help us talk about and understand the ideas that define us as individuals and connect us as communities.

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