Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity


1140 3rd Street NE2nd FloorWashington, DC, DC 20002 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Humanities Council is to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. The Humanities Council believes that in-depth consideration of the issues that affect us as individuals in a society can make a positive impact on our lives, and believes each citizen can participate in our vision to "transform lives through the power of the humanities.


What we Offer:

Grants - The Council’s seeks the most innovative and talented public humanities practitioners for our award winning grants programs. From blockbuster documentary films and museum exhibits to neighborhood history brochures and public author talks, we are looking for grantees ready to transform lives through the humanities.

Public Humanities Programs - Through our popular Humanitini and Soul of the Cityprograms we take cutting edge humanities ideas and bring them to the people of Washington, DC. Those ideas may come from the halls of academia, the front page of the newspaper, community meetings, or face to face conversations with fellow humanists.

DC Digital Museum - A public collection of over 400 educational resources, in a searchable online catalog. Most of the item pages include links to downloadable files or videos on HCTV, the Humanities Council’s Youtube Channel. We have oral history recordings, documentary films, original research, photograph collections, and much more; a treasure trove for scholars, students, and anyone interested in DC’s rich history and culture!

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