The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination is all Rhode Islanders. Founded in 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a non-profit 501(c)3, the Council receives funding from Federal, State, and private sources.
The founding purpose of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, which remains largely unchanged today, is to promote public understanding and appreciation of the tradition of thought and accomplishment that we call the humanities. Our work is based on the conviction that history, literature, philosophy, civics, the arts and other fields of the humanities are central not only to formal education, but to the daily lives of free and diverse people.
Since 1973, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has awarded over $7 million in grants to support more than 550 organizations, from daycares to colleges and universities, throughout the state of Rhode Island. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders have participated in Council-funded activities, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, walking-tours, oral histories, documentary films and many more.
Our 2013 Board of Directors Officers
Kate Kilguss, Chair
Larson Gunness, Vice-Chair
Daniel Egan, Secretary
Lynne Malone, Treasurer