Founded in 1971, Georgia Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We collaborate with others to preserve and promote the rich cultural stories, treasures, and values of our state and its people. Our work nurtures Georgians’ understanding of themselves and of our state’s place in history and in the world. Our work fosters thoughtful and engaged citizenship.
Georgia Humanities supports many programs statewide, including the New Georgia Encyclopedia, National History Day, the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities, Prime Time Family Reading Time, book copublications, and more. We also award grants within the state for cultural programming. Programs are executed in partnership with schools, libraries, museums, and other cultural and educational entities. These vital programs help Georgians become more knowledgeable about themselves, others, our history, our place in it, and the steps we—and those before us—have taken to arrive at this moment in time.
The humanities are the academic disciplines involved in the study of human culture. Simply put, they explore how people understand and express the human experience, and include literature, history, art, music, language, ethics, philosophy, and much more.
Georgia Humanities is a public-private leadership partnership. We receive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the state of Georgia, through the Georgia General Assembly. We also request and receive funding from various foundations for special projects, and we rely on the generosity of organizational, institutional, and personal donations.