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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!

Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC -

Made possible through a grant awarded by the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, the FREE festival series will be held over two, amazing weekends in August and October of 2014.

The heart of the festival is located in the center of one of the District’s most prized historic campuses, St. Elizabeths East, in the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE. The East Campus is the home of a new Gateway Pavilion which opened in September 2013. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees. The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival is the perfect platform to embrace the changes to the historic campus, while celebrating the District and Ward 8 communities’ rich heritage, culture and creativity.

Festival events will kick-off on Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. The theme of this summer's festival is "Humanities, Arts & Technology at Work," and each day will include a fascinating, interactive display of the city's creative economy. Each date will feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops, tech and food demonstrations, kid programming and other exciting activities that will be fun for the entire family.


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