The Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact Initiative is a national effort to cultivate resilient local humanities communities—communities where the humanities play a central role in public life and where local stakeholders actively support humanities organizations’ work. With generous support from the Whiting Foundation and in collaboration with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the National Humanities Alliance Foundation is convening humanities organizations in select sites around the country to explore how such communities can be built and sustained over time. We are particularly focused on how organizations in different sectors—including universities, colleges, libraries, museums, and historical societies, as well as local public and social service agencies—can pool their resources to achieve greater public impact and foster greater local support for the humanities.

Please stay tuned to this website for information on model programs that we profile and reports back from our working group sites. We also welcome you to join in our conversation of the Initiative at #engagedhumanities, and contact Alex Nowicki [anowicki@nhalliance.org] if you would like to get involved.

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Browse our growing story map of model publicly engaged programs

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Engaged Humanities Story Map (click image to launch)

Explore the organizations that comprise the national humanities landscape

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Humanities Landscapes Map (click image to launch)