Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

As the state's premier supporter and promoter of the humanities, RICH's innovative programs invigorate & enrich all of our lives. Reaching out to a broadly-based and diverse audience, RICH recognizes that the complex stories of 'ordinary' Rhode Islanders deserve a prominent place in our state's long and distinguished history.

Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D.Individual Researcher, Bryant University

Our Mission

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

About Us

Rhode Island has a long and proud history of promoting the humanities in public life. Our own US Senator Claiborne Pell, recipient of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ 2006 Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award, was one of the primary sponsors of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities was founded with a purpose that remains largely unchanged today to promote public understanding and appreciation of the tradition of thought and accomplishment that we call the humanities. Our work is based on the conviction that history, literature, philosophy, theology, civics, the arts and other fields of the humanities are central not only to formal education, but to the daily lives of a free and diverse people.

To date, the council has awarded more than $7.4 million through more than 1,600 grants and has supported more than 550 community organizations, including historical societies, libraries, museums, education institutions, cultural, ethnic and faith groups, and arts organizations.

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November Council Pulitzer Update
November Council Pulitzer Update
November 28, 2016

Throughout November, councils hosted a variety of Pulitzer Prizes Campfires from book fairs to conferences to nature hikes coupled with literature that brought participants together in discussion and community. In addition, councils continued to host presentations, exhibits, book discussions, and writing workshops featuring Pulitzer Prize winners and works.

New Members Elected to Federation Board of Directors
New Members Elected to Federation Board of Directors
November 13, 2016

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.

Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 1 of 2)
Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 1 of 2)
October 18, 2016

October is National Arts & Humanities Month! See how councils across the nation are blending the two disciplines to inspire communities and promote understanding. (Part 1 of 2)

Introducing the 2016-2020 FSHC Board Candidate Slate
Introducing the 2016-2020 FSHC Board Candidate Slate
September 6, 2016

Presenting the 2016-2020 Federation board candidates – Steven Seibert (FL), Briann Greenfield (NJ), Joan Abrams (RI), and Armand DeKeyser (AL).

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.