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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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Apr

PERFORMANCES AND LECTURES: WORDS UNCAGED

LOS ANGELES-- WORDS UNCAGED is a creative, interactive, exhibit for incarcerated artists, writers, students and poets at California State Prison, Lancaster, to dialogue, and critically engage with you.

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Apr

Presentation: Logging Trains in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

SHAVER LAKE -- Join us for a lively and imaginative presentation about the history of logging trains and lumber flumes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Apr

CELEBRATE JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH WITH LAUNCH OF THE HARLEM OF THE WEST SF PROJECT

SAN FRANCISCO and OAKLAND-- In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month (April) and Jazz Day (April 30), Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will be speaking and signing books at two Bay Area locations in conjunction with the launch of the Harlem of the West SF Project.

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California Humanities Staff & Board Go to Washington!

Posted on March 30, 2017

California Humanities staff and board recently went to Washington, D.C., for the annual Humanities on the Hill event to talk with California’s Congressional Delegation about the importance of continued funding for public humanities programs throughout the state of California.


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2017 California Documentary Project Awards Announced!

Posted on March 30, 2017

California Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant.


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Arts support key to vital democracy

Posted on February 22, 2017

California Humanities President & CEO, Julie Fry takes the time to remind us of the importance of federal funding for the arts and humanities in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed piece. 


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