Advocacy

By being more engaged in the world around us, we’re better informed about what we have in common rather than what divides us. That’s why the humanities matter. That’s why we need your support. 

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We Are the Humanities

We Are the Humanities

To celebrate our 40th year anniversary of grant making, programming, and partnerships that connect Californians to each other, we invited a group of 40 prominent Californians to explore what the humanities mean to them.

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The Art of Storytelling

California Humanities is celebrating its first year in historic Swan's Market in Oakland by launching The Art of Storytelling Exhibit Series

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On The Road

We are excited to announce our On the Road with California Humanities series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winners and other notable thinkers and anchored by California Humanities-funded projects. Come visit our landing page for On the Road panel videos and resource guides.

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Celebrating 40 Years of California Humanities

California Humanities is celebrating 40 years of connecting the people of California through ongoing public humanities programming.

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Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine

Healing has as much to do with the soul as the body. Through the Literature and Medicine program, we’re leveraging the power of the humanities in support of our healthcare providers and their patients at VA hospitals in California. Facilitated discussion about issues revealed by poetry, plays, personal narratives, and films uncover the realities of people’s lives as no x-ray can.

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California Documentary Project

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

At first, Wonder Woman was a powerful alternative to other WWII-era superheroes. By the 60s, she had morphed into an eyelash-batting shopaholic. How was Wonder Woman born and then reborn into a strong, independent, iconic heroine?

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Give a Gift. Open a Mind.

See how our work with libraries, veterans' hospitals, media makers, and others reached over a million people in communities throughout California this year. We can't do it alone. Your gift allows us to continue on our journey to create a State of Open Mind. Give a gift today and open a mind.

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Events & Announcements

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Jan

Author Talk + Book Signing with Karen Ishizuka: Serve the People: Making Asian America in the 60s

LOS ANGELES -- Author Karen Ishizuka’s discusses her latest release Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties – a narrative history about the formation of Asian America

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Jan

Panel Discussion: Immigration and the Dream Act & Screening of Music Video

SAN RAFAEL -- As part of Dominican University of California's community engagement initiative entitled "DEMOCRACY AND EQUITY," Dominican is presenting a panel discussion on immigration policy and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Following the conversation will be the screening of collaborative partner Canal Alliance's "Get The Picture" music video and conversation with the filmmakers.

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Feb

Festival Screening:Tribal Justice

SANTA BARBARA -- Join us for the the Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenings of TRIBAL JUSTICE, a full-length feature film that follows two extraordinary Native American chief judges creating innovative justice systems that focus on restoring offenders in order to keep tribal members out of prison, prevent children from being taken from their communities, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people.

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Our First Art of Storytelling Exhibit Comes to an End

Posted on December 21, 2016

We say goodbye to our first The Art of Storytelling exhibit this month, and welcome our second one in January! 


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APPLICATIONS FOR PROJECT GRANTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Posted on December 21, 2016

The application window for the first round of our new grants program, Humanities for All Project Grants, is now open!


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CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES 34 AWARDS FOR FIRST ROUND OF NEW QUICK GRANTS PROGRAM

Posted on December 21, 2016

We’re very pleased to conclude another year of grantmaking by announcing the awards for our first Humanities for All Quick Grant round. 


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