About Us

Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people.

Mission

The North Carolina Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. We facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Through our programs we seek to cultivate informed and active citizenship as an outgrowth of new awareness of self and community.

Vision

The North Carolina Humanities Council envisions people who explore their personal and collective stories asking fundamental questions about identity, work, and culture; learning to value others’ stories and perspectives; and transforming their lives and communities through new reflections and new visions.

Background

The North Carolina Humanities Council develops among North Carolinians an understanding of and appreciation for the humanities that can transform the way they see themselves and their communities. In support of these goals, the North Carolina Humanities Council is committed to the following:

  • An interdisciplinary approach to the humanities
  • Dialogue
  • Discovery and understanding of the humanities--culture, identity, and history
  • Respect for individual community members and community values
  • Humanities scholarship and scholars to develop humanities perspectives
  • Cultural diversity and inclusiveness
  • Informed and active citizenship as an outgrowth of new awareness of self and community