Why Advocate for the Humanities?

Because at its best humanities disciplines help us understand the past, get a grip on the present, and plan for the future. That’s important because we don’t live in a vacuum! Events from the past shape this present and this present influences the future. We do not stand alone.

Literature, history, philosophy, ethics, folklore, anthropology, political science – all of these humanities disciplines and many more help us:

  • remember who we are
  • understand why we are here
  • grasp how we connect to each other
  • find ways to help communicate with each other

These are soft skills and hard to quantify, to be sure, but that does not make them unimportant.

Advocacy is an ongoing exercise and we can still communicate the value of the state’s humanities community to the governor, state representatives and senators. If you have not already done so, please consider writing a letter. Here are some background resources, for your information:

Dear (Senator/Representative) XXX:

I am writing to you today to ask you to restore state funding to Connecticut Humanities in the amount of $1.73 million dollars because [insert your personalized story here of why CTH is important, how it helps you, how it helps your organization, or how it helps your community].

Please cc:


Example: Social Media #Hashtag Campaign

[Your organization’s name or your name if you are an individual who attended a CTHumanities supported program] benefited from @CTHumanities grant!]

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Contact information for Connecticut lawmakers.

The tabs below contain tools you may wish to use such as the CTH logos and how to’s on social media, with more to come!


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#Hashtags can be used on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest. They are a great way to connect content from different users together. When you click a #hashtag in a social media platform you’ll see a feed of posts / tweets / images that include that #hashtag.

  • Use a #hashtag that is relevant to your organization (#cthumanities) and its message or create a #hashtag around an event, or exhibit (#imapoetryoutloud)
  • Unlike #iampoetryoutloud  – Try to keep #hashtags short
  • Use relevant keyword #hashtags (#history, #humanities)
  • Don’t use too many #hashtags or hijack another organizations #hashtags unless you are adding to the conversation
  • Advertise your #hashtag in press releases, advertisements, and brochures
  • The point is to use #hashtags to connect your content to organizations with similar missions or a shared message to increase your reach to your target audience

#CTHumanities uses the following #Hashtags to connect its content:

If you have related news, events, or images consider including these hashtags so that we may share it across our social media outlets.

  • CTHumanities – #CTHumanities
  • CTHumanities Grants – #CTHFunded
  • – #CTBook, #CTReads, #CTBookVoyagers
  • Poetry Out Loud – #POL17, #iampoetryoutloud
  • – #CTHistory, #WeMakeHistory
  • – #TeachITCT

The @symbol can be used on Facebook and Twitter to let organizations know that you have posted content that relates to them. The @symbol is displayed on the organizations profile page.

  • Use the @symbol when you want organizations to respond to or share a post
  • Use the @symbol to look up an organization

#CTHumanities uses the following @symbol to connect its content:

  • @CTHumanities – Twitter
  • @CTHprograms – Facebook
  • @CT_History – Twitter
  • – Facebook


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