It’s a word we use a lot in California, where the population almost tripled in the second part of the 20th century and where we are now in one of the longest economic expansions in our history.
It’s also a word we use a lot at California Humanities as we consider how best to serve this dynamic and innovative state. We know we can’t stand still; it’s imperative that we continue to listen, learn, and implement new ways of bringing people together through the public humanities.
We had a banner growth year at California Humanities in 2019, from our first-ever funding of $1 million from the State of California—thanks to our two key champions, State Senator Ben Allen and Assembly Member Rob Bonta—to a project that brought California and France closer together. We continued to engage with young people by partnering with community colleges through CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California. And we continued to expand programs, making more than $1.2 million in grants and adding new health care facilities to our Literature & Medicine® Program.
We thank you for being part of our upward trajectory and look forward to seeing what we can do together in 2020 and beyond.