Colorado Humanities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established in 1974 as a result of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, and the subsequent founding of the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). We have forged hundreds of community partnerships, and have created more than 85 unique initiatives in our 44-year history. We provide programs at no cost to participants. We reach an estimated 200,000 people each year as program partners, participants and/or audiences. At least 85% of our annual budget goes directly to programs, and we are grateful for the generous contributions from businesses, foundations and individuals that make it possible.
We are one of the 56 humanities councils across the nation that receives core funding from NEH to promote humanities education through community-based programs. The state humanities councils, with connections to communities and organizations in every corner of our respective states, are essential for engaging millions of citizens in community and civic life across diverse populations.
The humanities are not a luxury; they are fundamental to the fabric of our country and its individual communities. A strong, vibrant democracy requires engaged citizens informed by the humanities. We have continued to grow and change, as our understanding of Coloradans’ needs has grown and changed. As part of our regular five-year assessment process, in 2017 we established our Blue Sky Green Field Team to evaluate program impact and assess the need for humanities programming across Colorado. Blue sky over a green field is an apt metaphor for Colorado Humanities. Rooted in the firm belief of the value of humanities education for sustained social good, we recognize that the sky’s the limit when creative, inclusive, dynamic programming is concerned.
We invite all Coloradans to:
What are the Humanities?
The humanities help us understand and define what it means to be human. Jurisprudence, history, literature, philosophy and ethics, the history and criticism of the arts, comparative religion, languages and linguistics, cultural anthropology and archeology, the social sciences are the humanities disciplines, and tell the human story. To fulfill our mission to inspire the exploration of ideas and appreciation of Colorado’s diverse cultural heritage, and to foster a love of reading and books, our objectives include forging community partnerships statewide to develop and implement programs that encourage community engagement.