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District of Columbia
United States

About Us

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."

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC was founded in 1980 as a grant making agency and has grown to become both a funder of community projects and a provider of programs, ensuring that public education in the humanities reaches diverse audiences across wards, neighborhoods, and cultures in the Washington area. The Council defines "humanities" as the study of human experience, which includes law, religion, philosophy, literature, ethics and history, and believes that the humanities instruct us in addressing the challenges we face together in our families, communities and as a nation. The Council is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; however it is a private, non-profit organization, and not a federal or District agency.

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