List of state humanities councils in the United States

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State humanities councils are private, non-profit partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). There are 56 councils located in every U.S. state and jurisdiction. These councils work to support local public humanities programs as well as to extend the NEH's national programming to local communities.[1][2] All state humanities councils receive federal funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities; beyond this, the councils are diversely funded through private donations, foundations, corporations, and/or state funding.[3]

History[edit]

The NEH was initially skeptical of the creation of local programming entities on the model of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which, by 1969, had created state-based arts agencies in every state.[4] However, under pressure from Congress and especially Sen. Claiborne Pell, the NEH began to experiment with the creation of non-governmental state-based committees in 1971. The initial mission of these committees was to facilitate conversation about public policy.[5] Responding to further pressure from Congress to transform the committees into state agencies, as the NEA had done, the NEH instead began working to increase the committees' autonomy. By 1980, the committees' programming agendas had been greatly broadened and the NEH had begun to refer to them as "state humanities councils."[6] The Federation of State Humanities Councils was founded in 1977 as a membership organization for the state councils.[7]

List of state humanities councils[edit]

State/Jurisdiction Humanities Council
Alabama Alabama Humanities Foundation
Alaska Alaska Humanities Forum
American Samoa Amerika Samoa Humanities Council[8]
Arizona Arizona Humanities Council[9]
Arkansas Arkansas Humanities Council
California Cal Humanities[10]
Colorado Colorado Humanities
Connecticut Connecticut Humanities
Delaware Delaware Humanities Forum
District of Columbia Humanities DC
Florida Florida Humanities Council
Georgia Georgia Humanities Council
Guam Guam Humanities Council
Hawaii Hawaii Council for the Humanities
Idaho Idaho Humanities Council
Illinois Illinois Humanities Council[11]
Indiana Indiana Humanities
Iowa Humanities Iowa
Kansas Kansas Humanities Council
Kentucky Kentucky Humanities Council
Louisiana Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Maine Humanities Council
Maryland Maryland Humanities[12]
Massachusetts Mass Humanities
Michigan Michigan Humanities Council
Minnesota Minnesota Humanities Center
Mississippi Mississippi Humanities Council
Missouri Missouri Humanities Council
Montana Humanities Montana[13]
Nebraska Humanities Nebraska
Nevada Nevada Humanities
New Hampshire New Hampshire Humanities Council
New Jersey New Jersey Council for the Humanities
New Mexico New Mexico Humanities Council
New York Humanities New York
North Carolina North Carolina Humanities Council
North Dakota North Dakota Humanities Council
Northern Marianas Islands Northern Marianas Humanities Council
Ohio Ohio Humanities Council
Oklahoma Oklahoma Humanities Council
Oregon Oregon Humanities
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Puerto Rico Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades
Rhode Island Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
South Carolina The Humanities Council of South Carolina
South Dakota South Dakota Humanities Council
Tennessee Humanities Tennessee
Texas Humanities Texas
Utah Utah Humanities Council
Vermont Vermont Humanities Council
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Humanities Council
Virginia Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Washington Humanities Washington
West Virginia West Virginia Humanities Council
Wisconsin Wisconsin Humanities Council
Wyoming Wyoming Humanities Council

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Humanities Councils". NEH Website. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  2. ^ "Our Partners". Federation of State Humanities Councils Website. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  3. ^ "State Humanities Councils". NEH Website. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  4. ^ Zainaldin, Jamil (February 2013). "Public Works: NEH, Congress, and the State Humanities Councils" (PDF). The Public Historian. The Regents of the University of California and the National Council on Public History. 35 (1): 32. doi:10.1525/tph.2013.35.1.28. ISSN 0272-3433. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  5. ^ Zainaldin, Jamil (February 2013). "Public Works: NEH, Congress, and the State Humanities Councils" (PDF). The Public Historian. The Regents of the University of California and the National Council on Public History. 35 (1): 34. doi:10.1525/tph.2013.35.1.28. ISSN 0272-3433. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  6. ^ Zainaldin, Jamil (February 2013). "Public Works: NEH, Congress, and the State Humanities Councils" (PDF). The Public Historian. The Regents of the University of California and the National Council on Public History. 35 (1): 38–39. doi:10.1525/tph.2013.35.1.28. ISSN 0272-3433. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  7. ^ "The Federation". Federation of State Humanities Councils Website. Retrieved 19 Dec 2013.
  8. ^ see Samoa Humanities Council
  9. ^ See Humanities Council
  10. ^ See Humanities
  11. ^ See Illinois Humanities Council
  12. ^ See Maryland Humanities
  13. ^ see Humanities Montana

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