For Website Council Programs


Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

49 state humanities councils are participating in "Democracy and the Informed Citizen," a nationwide initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and conducted in partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes. The initiative explores what it means to be an informed citizen through a variety of public programs for all ages featuring scholars, community organizations, journalists, and Pulitzer Prize winners.



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Below is a searchable database featuring council programs and grant opportunities. If you see a program you like, click on it to learn more. Check out some of our recent initiatives, such as the Bill of Rights partnership with the National Archives or The Campfires Initiative, a partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes to celebrate its 100th anniversary. You can also filter the database by audience, subject, and council.


The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial

Campfires Initiative

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the state humanities councils partnered with The Pulitzer Prizes to launch a series of "Campfires" across the nation. These events brought more than 200 Pulitzer Prize-winning individuals in person to more than 700 public events, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in digitally.


Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners

PROGRAM: Inouye Congressional Papers Archives Program


Honolulu, HI – [varies] The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is working with the University of Hawai‘i’s Hamilton Library and other project principals to hold two public forums, with guided tours on the archival materials from Senator Daniel K. Inouye Congressional papers and related collections. The exhibit at the library will run from April 16 through June 30, 2018. There will be a public forum held on April 22. (Public)

PROGRAM: Move in Closer


Statewide, PA – [varies] Pennsylvania Humanities Council in partnership with Leadership Philadelphia launched “Move in Closer” a series of activities to celebrate Leadership Philadelphia’s 60th anniversary. “Move in Closer” activities will be documented and produced for broadcast by Philadelphia public radio station WHYY and covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer on multiple platforms. These activities are partially funded through an NEH Chairman’s Grant. (Public)

PROGRAM: Crossroads – Change in Rural America


SHORT DESCRIPTION: Select Locations, FL – [exhibit] A new traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s MoMS program, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, is coming to Florida from 2018-2019. The exhibit examines the many changes, challenges, and opportunities that rural America faces in the 21st century. (Public)

#HumCitizen: A Matter of Facts Podcasts


Online – [statewide] Delaware Humanities will conduct a ten-part podcast series entitled “A Matter of Facts” that will feature scholars and journalists exploring a variety of issues facing Delaware today. (Public)

PROGRAM: Cultural Heritage Workshop


Brunswick, MO – [presentation/lecture] The Cultural Heritage one-day workshop will provide participants with basic tools such as grant-writing techniques and program planning resources to help develop or revive cultural heritage programming in their communities. (Public)

PROGRAM: Kindling Conversation


Select Locations, AK – [reading and discussion] Kindling Conversation is an opportunity to bring people together in communities for short, thoughtful discussions on themes central to Alaskan life. (Public)

PROGRAM: Alabama History Day


Montgomery, AL – [contest] Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University at Montgomery have joined forces in a new partnership to produce Alabama History Day, a statewide competition for middle and high school students. Every year, National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. (Youth)

PROGRAM: Teaching Bdote


St. Paul, MN – [workshop] Minnesota Humanities Center, in collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools, is offering this workshop for educators who have taken the Bdote trip and are seeking best practices on how to share the experience with their students. Educators will leave this workshop with new resources and content, a deeper understanding, and the beginnings of an action plan to bring their students on a Bdote trip or to bring the experience into the classroom. (Educators)

PROGRAM: War & Memory Discussion Series


Select Locations, MN – [reading and discussion] Minnesota Humanities Center launched a four-part community conversation series highlighting authors in conversation with a public audience about war and memory. (Public)



Hartford, CT – [reading and discussion] #CTPlaces, established in 2015, is a coalition of advocates for history and humanities-related organizations and sites in Connecticut. In March, #CTPlaces Advocacy Day celebrates the value of history and humanities in Connecticut. (Public)

PROGRAM: 40th Anniversary of the Endowment

Puerto Rico

Statewide, PR – [varies] The Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities will present of series of festivities to include a television program, publications, and an exhibition of artistic materials throughout the year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Endowment. (Public)

PROGRAM: Journeys, Judgment, and Jubilation

New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – [exhibit] “Journeys, Judgment, and Jubilation: Stories of Identity from the Albuquerque Asian/Pacific Islander Communities” is a collection of objects and stories from Asian & Pacific Islander Americans that provide intimate windows into traditional origins and the American experience. (Public)



Statewide, OK – [podcast] Oklahoma Humanities’ BrainBox podcast uses the humanities to take listeners on a deep dive into the issues affecting American society and culture. Join some of Oklahoma’s most interesting and knowledgeable humanities scholars along with BrainBox host and OH Program Officer Chris Carroll to explore how history, literature, ethics, philosophy, and other humanities fields inform our understanding of current events and the human experience. (Public)

PROGRAM: Ideas on Tap Podcast


Statewide, MS – [podcast] Ideas on Tap podcast is a series of regular humanities-based community discussions about important contemporary issues from the Mississippi Humanities Council. Each program includes a panel discussion featuring knowledgeable participants who present a wide spectrum of opinions on the topic, as well as a chance for audience members to share their thoughts and responses. (Public)

PROGRAM: Quantum Leap – Sound Bites


Statewide, IN – [podcast] Sound Bites — a bi-weekly series of five-minute-long audio stories that share moments of scientific discovery, creation, and innovation in Indiana’s past and present. This program is part of Quantum Leap, an Indiana Humanities initiative that encourages Hoosiers to explore the bridge between the humanities, science, STEM, and medicine. (Public)