Mission: The mission of the humanities council of washington, dc is to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the district through humanities programs and grants.
Programs: The organization reaches over 700,000 people every year, including thousands of children, to engage them in substantive discussions surrounding community history, socio-political issues, literature, and more through its grants and programs and television shows. We reach out to each of the eight wards to encourage residents to embrace the breadth and depth of dc's culture and to collaborate with us to develop activities that promote diversity, dialogue, and life-long learning. In fiscal year 2014, the organization produced 14 programs throughout the city, including humanitini programs, dc community heritage project symposium and programs, and the arts and humanities festival in ward 8. The dc digital museum is an online archive of final products produced by our grantees and available to the public, which reached over 7,400 people last year. The organization worked with dctv to create tv shows that highlight the work of several of our grantees from the dc community heritage project. The grantees selected for this honor have completed projects that explore our local neighborhood history through documentaries, brochures, walking tours, and oral histories. These dctv shows educate an audience of over 300,000 residents throughout the year. In total, humanities dc reached over 309,000 residents through its own programming. In fiscal year 2014, the organization awarded $183,000 in grant funding which supported 280 grant sponsored events, and served an additional 450,000 dc residents.