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: Speakers Bureau

New Mexico

Ongoing – [statewide] A resource for groups looking to book subject-matter experts. (Resource)

PROGRAM: Veterans Writing Prize

South Dakota

Aug. 1, 2017 – [deadline] Learn more about the South Dakota Humanities Council Veterans Writing Prize. (Award)

PROGRAM: Letters About Literature


Jan. 2017 – [statewide] A writing contest encouraging students 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author. (Award, Competition)

GRANT: Discussion Grants


Oct. 16, 2017 – [deadline] Mass Humanities’ six different Discussion Grants support projects that involve face-to face facilitated discussion. Maximum awards range from $2,000 to $3,5000. (Grant Opportunity)

GRANT: MA Local History Grants


Oct. 16, 2017 – [deadline] Local History Grants help smaller historical organizations fund work that relates to their collections. Grants are available in two different forms: the Research Inventory Grant, which provides funding up to $2,000, and the Scholar in Residence Grant, which provides funding up to $3,500. (Grant Opportunity)

PROGRAM: Benefit Dinner


Oct. 15, 2017 – [Boston, MA] An event held to raise money for programs that reach underserved communities. (Other)

PROGRAM: Annual Symposium – What’s New About Fake News?


Oct. 15, 2017 – [Boston, MA] A series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. The Annual Symposium fall form will focus on the theme “What’s New About Fake News?” (Presentation/Lecture)

GRANT: MA Project Grants


Oct. 30, 2017 – [deadline] Project Grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts. Standard Project Grants provide funding in amounts up to $7,500, and Incentive Project Grants provide up to $15,000. (Grant Opportunity)

GRANT: Public Squared Challenge Grant


Feb. 5, 2018 – [deadline] This grant funds a collaboration of two (or more) organizations seeking to build open discussion in response to the thematic initiative “Negotiating the Social Contract” (funding up to $25,000 available). (Grant Opportunity)

PROGRAM: Clemente Course


Ongoing – [statewide] A course that allows adults in challenging socioeconomic circumstances to receive college level instruction in humanities disciplines and gain college credit. (Workshop)

PROGRAM: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR)


Ongoing – [statewide] A reading and discussion program designed for children ages 6-10 and their caregivers. (Reading & Discussion)

PROGRAM: Governor’s Awards in the Humanities


Ongoing – [statewide] An award that recognizes those who appreciate, understand, and forward the humanities. (Award)

PROGRAM: Literature and Medicine


Ongoing – [statewide] A multi-session discussion series that explores issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying. (Reading & Discussion)

PROGRAM: Massachusetts History


Ongoing – [statewide] This program supports the efforts of towns and historical societies that collectively archive the history of the people of Massachusetts. (Varies)

PROGRAM: Mass Moments


Ongoing – [online] An electronic almanac of Massachusetts History. Each day, podcast and radio listeners, as well as internet users, get the opportunity to hear or read a new story about historical events and people. (Publication)