PROGRAM: Humanities at the Crossroads (Pilot)

Presented by:
Indiana Humanities
National Partner: NEH Subject: Other Audience: All, Colleges and Universities, Educators

A national initiative to better understand the role the humanities play in communities across the country. Indiana Humanities piloted the program and served as the case study to launch this program nationwide.

Key findings included:

  • The humanities are as popular as or even more popular than in the past and that these activities contribute to the sense of place that every community is trying to enhance
  • Most organizations say they never or only sometimes use the term “humanities” with their constituents, but rather talk about programs such as book discussions, movie showings, and author visits.
  • Organizations providing humanities content in Indiana are lean and longstanding with more than 20 percent having been in existence for a century or more.
  • Funding sources for the humanities are flat or in decline.

The council worked with researchers from CIRCLE at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University on the study. The program received funding from the Carnegie Corporation, Lilly Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, and the NEH.