California Humanities

“I am going to be aware of what is occurring around me and in the world. I will act for the changes I think are needed, with love, understanding, and strength.”

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Our Mission

To connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

About Us

Since 1975, California Humanities has been bringing people together around their history and culture. Every day we ask ourselves: what does it take to create “a state of open mind?” Initially founded as a granting organization, California Humanities has grown and evolved over the years. We promote the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to become a better California. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations. Our audience is as diverse as the 38 million people from every corner of the globe that make up our state.

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