Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

As the state's premier supporter and promoter of the humanities, RICH's innovative programs invigorate & enrich all of our lives. Reaching out to a broadly-based and diverse audience, RICH recognizes that the complex stories of 'ordinary' Rhode Islanders deserve a prominent place in our state's long and distinguished history.

Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D.Individual Researcher, Bryant University

Our Mission

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

About Us

Rhode Island has a long and proud history of promoting the humanities in public life. Our own US Senator Claiborne Pell, recipient of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ 2006 Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award, was one of the primary sponsors of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Since 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has supported people and organizations that make Rhode Island a vital place to live, work, learn, and visit. We do this through grants, partnerships, and initiatives that put the humanities into action–connecting history to the present, increasing access to culture, engaging issues that matter, encouraging young people to develop their talents and identities, and ensuring that Rhode Island’s many voices are heard.

To date, the Council has awarded more than $8 million through more than 1,640 grants and has supported more than 650 community organizations, including historical societies, libraries, museums, education institutions, cultural, ethnic and faith groups, and arts organizations, as well as individual researchers and scholars.

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities inspires innovation, builds community through conversation, and connects scholars and cultural producers to resources, partners, and audiences. We firmly believe that the humanities in action strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture, making Rhode Island a better place to live for generations to come.


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