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 to contact project director Matt Van Hoose [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you would like to get involved.
Download our Initiative viewbook, with full listings of each working group's membership, here.
Our 2016 cohort of working group sites is now fully confirmed. Stay tuned for the launch of new web portals for our working groups in South Mississippi, Eastern Iowa, and Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, and for reports back from the sites where we are looking forward to initial convenings in April: Bozeman, MT; Greensboro, NC; and Nashville, TN.
Our active phase of convenings has begun! We have just returned from a second meeting with a fantastic group in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and we're looking forward to convenings in Salisbury, Maryland in October and Lawrence, Kansas in November. Stay tuned for news of additional working group launches, and for previews of the exciting work that our partners are pursuing.
Read the report on our recent visit to the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Explore the latest version of our Humanities Landscapes Map, with information on more than 33,000 humanities organizations nationwide
Browse our growing story map of model publicly engaged programs
Engaged Humanities Story Map (click image to launch)