Cal Humanities

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

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In recent years, global economic and social forces have brought dramatic changes to Oakland, California. Year after year, rents grow higher, housing becomes scarcer, and longtime residents fear being pushed..Read More

Second Responders Grants Launch

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During the summer of 2019, in the aftermath of a devastating wildfire and flood season, California Humanities announced a new grant focus area for state nonprofits: Second Responders: The Humanities..Read More

1st State Funding

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In 2019, for the first time in its 44-year history, California Humanities received $1 million in funding from the State of California. Prior to 2019, California Humanities had relied solely..Read More

Straight Outta Fresno

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When one thinks of hip-hop, the city of Fresno might not be the first place that comes to mind. However, after receiving an inaugural Humanities for All grant from California..Read More

On the Road

The On the Road with California Humanities conversation series was part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, an extensive collaboration between 46 state humanities councils with funding from the..Read More

CRIP CAMP

When CRIP CAMP, a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement received a 2021 Oscar nomination, it was the first time in the 92-year history of the..Read More

CA CARES Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants

The CA CARES Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants supported public humanities organizations and humanities practitioners that had experienced a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, loss of paid staff,..Read More

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