What Are The Public Humanities?

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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.


Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights and You!

Partnership with The National Archives

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives and the Federation partnered to present "The Bill of Rights and You," a pop-up exhibit on the creation of the first ten amendments and their continuing impact today. In total, 35 councils distributed more than 1,300 pop-up exhibits to venues across the country.


Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners

PROGRAM: What’s Your Why? Podcast Series


Ongoing – [podcast] Bringing the people, stories, and thoughts behind the scholars at the council’s events to everyone. Join Emy DiGrappa in conversation with these “superstars of the humanities!” (Resource)

PROGRAM: Worldwide Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Sept. 6, 2017 – [Charlottesville] The Virginia council participated in a worldwide reading initiative to read the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights launched by the International Literature Festival Berlin. (Event)

PROGRAM: Traveling Teacher Workshops


Ongoing – [statewide] Workshops that focus on K-12 American history curriculum topics, particularly how they relate to local and regional history. (Workshop)

PROGRAM: Celebration of the Humanities

Rhode Island

Oct. 15, 2017 – [Providence] The 2017 Celebration of the Humanities’ theme is “Proximity” and will honor individuals and organizations for their achievements, creativity, and scholarship who draw upon the power of the humanities to bridge communities and build understanding. (Award)

PROGRAM: Route 1 Reads

Rhode Island

Ongoing – [statewide] A reader’s way to travel! Join readers as they read up the East Coast following the 2017 theme of memoirs and biographies. The book selected to represent Rhode Island is American Jezebel by Eve LaPlante. (Reading and Discussion)


New Mexico

Ongoing – [multiple locations] A participant-led workshop where educators, librarians, and other humanities practitioners come together to discuss skills and topics they are interested in teaching and learning. (Resource)

PROGRAM: The Frame: A Louisiana Photograph Podcast


Ongoing – [podcast] A bimonthly series that showcases the work, backgrounds, and creative philosophies of Louisiana photographers. These hour-long conversations are recorded live and archived online. (Radio, Podcast, Resource)

RESOURCE: New Orleans and the World


Nov. 8, 2017 – [publication] In partnership with three other New Orleans organizations, the council publishes this commemorative book, which will serve as the centerpiece for the yearlong celebration of New Orleans 300th anniversary in 2018. (Resource)

PROGRAM & GRANT: Frankenstein


Ongoing – [statewide] A yearlong initiative commemorating the 200 anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein beginning with “Frankenfest” and including Frankenstein-inspired reading programs and other workshops. Grants also available. (Varies)

PROGRAM: Lectures


Nov. 7, 2017 – [Wilmington] Join Mark Bowden as he discusses the Battle of Hue, a turning point of the Tet Offensive as well as the Vietnam War. Lecture followed by a ticketed reception. (Lecture)

RESOURCE: Humanities Scholar Database


Ongoing – [online] The Arizona Humanities Scholar Database is a resource for prospective grant-seekers and community partners that lists scholars available to work as consultants, speakers, or evaluators. (Resource)

RESOURCE: The Ellis-Shackelford House


Ongoing – [Phoenix] The Ellis-Shackelford House, the last original structure of Central America’s Millionaire Row, offers a unique space for meetings or receptions and is available for rent by the council. (Resource)

PROGRAM: Hometown Teams


Aug. 4, 2017 – [deadline] The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications to host “Hometown Teams” in 2018. This traveling exhibit is a part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program which brings high quality exhibitions to small towns across the state. MoMS, Traveling Exhibit)

GRANT: Community Project Grants


Aug. 15, 2017 – [deadline] Community Project Grants are currently being offered with funding up to $5,000 available. Since 1971, Florida Humanities Council has awarded more than $8 million statewide in support of development and presentation of humanities-rich cultural resources and public programs. Grant Opportunity)

PROGRAM: Kentucky Chautauqua®


Ongoing – [statewide] Kentucky Chautauqua has brought to life more than 70 people from Kentucky’s past, both famous and unknown. Chautauqua performers travel to schools and community organizations throughout the state delivering historically accurate dramatizations of Kentuckians who made valuable contributions. (Resource, Presentation/Performance)