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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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Tools of the Trade: A Practical Series for Humanities Programmers

To advance our goals of supporting the public humanities field and assist with recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Humanities is pleased to offer a series of free online learning sessions in 2021-2022 to help build and rebuild the capacity of individuals and organizations to provide relevant, responsive, and engaging programs in our communities. Tools of the Trade will spotlight the innovative and creative work being done by California Humanities’ grantees and partners. We will provide opportunities for everyone working in the public humanities field, wherever they may be, to learn from one another and strengthen our sense of commonality and common purpose.

June 16, 2022
Reaching New & Underrepresented Audiences
| Register

August 18 2022
Increasing Your Visibility with Decision Makers and the Media
| Register

In the online sessions, you will:

  • Hear short presentations by programmers across the state
  • Learn how your peers in libraries, museums and cultural organizations are creating safe ways to offer public programs and engagement
  • Share your own experiences and ask questions

We hope to see you there! To register for upcoming programs and browse our video archive, explore the tabs above.

Questions? Accessibility needs? Contact Program Associate Kirsten Vega at kvega@calhum.org.


Upcoming Events

June 16, 2022
Reaching New & Underrepresented Audiences | Register

August 18 2022
Increasing Your Visibility with Decision Makers and the Media | Register


Past Events

All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility

Explore how we can make public humanities programs more accessible to people of all abilities, through a conversation with the team from The Art of Disability Culture, an exhibit and public program series organized by the Palo Alto Arts Center. Recorded April 2022.

Working with Humanities Advisors: Who, What, Why

Many California Humanities grants require or encourage involvement of a humanities advisor. How does the involvement of a humanities advisor benefit a project? What makes for effective collaboration? Hear three pairs of project directors and humanities advisors share their experiences. Recorded February 2022.

Programming in a Pandemic: Options for Physically Distanced Programming 

Learn how recent California Humanities grantees Youth Beat, SPACES: Oakland, Home Gardens Library, and Little Saigon Mobile Museum are successfully engaging their audiences with physically distanced humanities programs. Hear their takeaways from experimenting with a range of in-person formats beyond the virtual realm. Recorded November 2021.

Virtual Programs, Real Conversations

Recent California Humanities grantees The World According to Sound, Inlandia Institute, Elkhorn Slough, SDFutures Collective, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center share strategies to engage new audiences with online humanities programs. Recorded October 2020.


Tools of the Trade is made possible by the National Endowment for
the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP)
and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American
Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.