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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Dec

Exhibit:  EVERYONE DESERVES A HOME

SAN FRANCISCO -- Portrait and oral histories exhibit, EVERYONE DESERVES A HOME, tells the story of the journey for formerly homeless Californians into living in permanent supportive housing in San Francisco beginning Dec. 17th, 2016 at the Jewett Gallery, Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and running until March 12th, 2017

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Family Art Workshop: ROOTS: ASIAN AMERICANS MOVEMENT IN LOS ANGELES, 1968-1980s

LOS ANGELES -- Chinese American Museum (CAM) will host an art workshop for families based on its exhibit ROOTS: ASIAN AMERICANS MOVEMENT IN LOS ANGELES, 1968-1980s. Visitors and the public can participate in the real-time production of protest art such as signs, banners, posters, and other printed materials to convey a particular cause or message.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Miriam Pawel talks about the Farmworker Movement in California

Posted on August 24, 2016

On the Road with California Humanities, a series of talks with Pulitzer Prize winners continues on September 28 with the conversation: The Farmworker Movement in California: From Chavez Onwards. Miriam Pawel shares her reflection on the lessons of the Movement as a guide to organizers and activists today.


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California Humanities Unveils New Grant Program

Posted on August 23, 2016

California Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of Humanities for All, a new two-tiered grant program that will support a broad range of locally-initiated public humanities projects.


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California Humanities Launches the Art of Storytelling

Posted on August 23, 2016

We’re celebrating our first year in historic Swan's Market in Oakland by launching The Art of Storytelling Exhibit Series.


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