Finding the Humanities in Everyday American Life

Public awareness resources, including eleven briefing documents and three animated videos are available for councils to customize, download, and use in any outreach efforts. These resources were developed as part of the Mellon-funded “Humanities in American Life” initiative.

Mississippi and Oregon Win 2018 Schwartz Prize

Two Schwartz Prizes Awards were announced at the 2018 National Humanities Conference Schwartz Prize Awards Presentation. The two awards went to Mississippi Humanities Council for its “Racial Equity Grant Program,” and to Oregon Humanities for “This Land.”

NHC 2021 and 2022: Detroit and Los Angeles Win Bids to Host National Humanities Conference

Congratulations to the Michigan Humanities Council and California Humanities for their successful bids to host the 2021 and 2022 National Humanities Conferences! The 2021 conference will take place in Detroit, MI and the 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

Statement on President’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal

The Federation urges Congress to continue its strong support of the NEH and the state humanities councils and reject the administration’s proposal.

Councils Kick Off Democracy and the Informed Citizen Programs in 2018

In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.

Indiana Humanities Wins Schwartz Prize for “Next Indiana Campfires”

Indiana Humanities wins the 35th annual Schwartz Prize award for “Next Indiana Campfires,” a program that confronts questions of place, environmental stewardship, and identity through literature, hiking, and conversation.

NEH Awards $785,907 in Grants to Three State Humanities Councils

On August 2, 2017, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced awards of more than $39.3 million for 245 humanities projects nationwide that will support local cultural organizations and individual scholars. Of that $39.3 million, $785,907 in grants were awarded to three state humanities councils: Alabama Humanities Foundation, Indiana Humanities, and Michigan Humanities Council.

Mellon Awards FSHC $1.7 Million for “Democracy and the Informed Citizen”

The Federation of State Humanities Councils has been awarded $1.7 million by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new national grant program, Democracy and the Informed Citizen, which will examine the critical role of journalism and the power of the humanities.

Mellon Foundation Awards FSHC with $150,000 for “The Humanities in American Life”

This two-part initiative will collect data and impact stories from councils to create an easily accessible archive of images, content, and videos for long-term public use.

NEH Awards More Than $1.6 Million in Grants to Seven State Humanities Councils

NEH awards more than $1.6 million to seven state humanities councils: Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Virgin Islands and Virginia.

Help Save the NEH!

President Trump’s budget blueprint, released on March 16, recommends eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Federation of State Humanities Councils vigorously rejects this short-sighted proposal, which would devastate America’s humanities infrastructure.

Federation Advocacy Guidelines

Anyone can be an advocate. Here are some of the Federation’s guidelines to support the NEH and your state humanities council.

Nominate a Council Program!

We are now accepting nominations to the 40th annual Schwartz Prize!

The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, August 18, 2022.