By Julie Fry, President & CEO

As December draws to close and we anticipate what 2016 will bring, we wish you the very best for the new year to come.

Almost a year into my tenure as President and CEO, we have a number of activities in progress to deepen the reach of the humanities across California. This 40-year mark is a critical one for California Humanities: we’ve moved our main office from San Francisco to Oakland, we’ve refreshed our name and logo, and we’re taking some time to reflect on the past, as well as what the future could look like through the creation of a an exciting new strategic framework that we will roll out in the next few months.

We wrapped up our War Comes Home initiative, reaching 1.9 million people in the past 18 months through our library partnerships.

We made grants totaling almost $800,000 to support amazing humanities projects across the state.  California Humanities was honored to win the 2015 Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the public humanities for our funded project War Ink, an online exhibit of war veterans and their tattoos, the third time the organization won this national award in the past 8 years.

Our amazing board and staff continue to grow and thrive, and through the creation of an Alumni Circle, we are re-engaging former board members as part of our family.

In the coming year we will deliver six Pulitzer Prize Centennial forums across the state, combining California Pulitzer Prize winners with topical issues and California Humanities-supported projects from past years, as seen through a humanities lens. We will also create a multi-platform history of our organization, and begin to develop an archive to make our past-funded projects more accessible.

We will continue to look to the humanities as a way to help us engage with each other and to better understand our world, and are grateful to the many people and organizations across the state that have been our valued partners, donors, grantees, advisors.

We have ambitious goals and look forward to achieving them – with your help – to ensure that the public humanities are an integral part of California’s future.