Utah Humanities

The relationship between our panelists and the audience was exactly how we would hope a community engaging with humanities questions would act, with respect for and openness to the knowledge of others, and with skepticism and rational challenges to the information presented. Our audience members were active participants in creating the knowledge of that day, rather than simply passive observers.

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Our Mission

Empowering Utahns to Improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.

About Us

Since its establishment in 1975 as an independent nonprofit agency, Utah Humanities and its programs have reached every corner of the state, involving thousands of people as planners, participants, and audiences. Among our current programs are an annual statewide book festival, museum workshops and other capacity building programs, grants to communities for locally-initiated projects, reading and discussion groups, and humanities courses for underserved teens and adults.

To offer these programs, we partner and collaborate with many types of organizations: libraries, historical societies, museums, schools and colleges, civic and science organizations, public radio and television stations, local and state government agencies, arts and humanities councils, ad hoc groups, and others. While we serve the entire state, we occasionally undertake temporary initiatives that focus on selected topics, targeted audiences, or geographic locations. A volunteer board of directors, representing a wide variety of communities, makes policy, directs planning, and evaluates programs.

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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)
Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 2 of 2)
October 26, 2016
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.

Thousands of Students Present Historical Research Projects at 2016 National History Day - Winners Announced!
Thousands of Students Present Historical Research Projects at 2016 National History Day - Winners Announced!
June 16, 2016

State humanities councils, FSHC, and other humanities organizations come together to support National History Day – a program that brings students together, in a friendly history competition, from around the world.

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.