Our Story

Mission & Vision

Connecticut Humanities champions the enduring value of public humanities in our lives and civil society. Through grant funding and capacity building, CTH strives to ensure the public humanities will continue to inspire storytelling, lifelong learning, informed public dialogue, and civic engagement in ways that strengthen communities and enhance quality of life for all Connecticut's citizens.

Our vision is an engaged, informed Connecticut.

About CT Humanities

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources.

CTH has earned public trust through its responsible stewardship of federal, state, and private funds, its peer-review grant-making process, its online educational resources, and its work to support, stabilize, and strengthen the organizations and communities it serves.

Our Motivation

Humanities are the story of human experience. The humanities help us understand the human condition. The humanities help us feel human. The humanities connect us with each other, with our shared past, and with the ideas that will help us shape a shared future in a world we inhabit together.

Core Beliefs

CT Humanities strives to make a difference not only for the organizations we serve and support directly but also, through and with those organizations, in the life of every citizen of Connecticut. At CT Humanities, our mission is motivated by our core beliefs:

  • The humanities help us explore and examine what life means and help us contextualize and understand the world around us.
  • Humanities enrich lives by expanding minds, bringing families and communities together, fostering critical thinking, and increasing understanding of history and cultural heritage.
  • Robust public humanities, shared through vibrant history and heritage organizations, directly and substantially enhance quality of life.
  • Public access to and engagement of the humanities is essential to a thoughtful, informed, connected, innovative, and just society.
  • The vitality of public humanities organizations is the key to connecting our past with our future.
  • Cultivating an environment of innovation, inspiration, connection, and communication across humanities disciplines for Connecticut strengthens communities across Connecticut.

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