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"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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Support California Humanities with a Year-End-Gift: A Message from President & CEO Julie Fry

Dear Friend,

At a time when uncertainty seems to be the only thing we can rely upon, I’m both comforted and energized by the words of Luis Rodriguez, former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles: “The humanities can be a beacon for the road we must be on, a road with little or no markers or guideposts, one we have to make ourselves.”

At California Humanities we endeavor to be that beacon, making grants and delivering programs across the state that help connect us to the history, culture, and voices of the people who live here.

We are proud that our work illuminates opportunities to build unity, connectivity, and a richer shared understanding of each other and of our Golden State.

We see this happen every day, in small and large ways, through projects we support and our own programs with community colleges, libraries, healthcare facilities, and many other humanities-focused entities.

There have been many guiding lights for me this past year, including the energy and excitement of our Emerging Journalism Fellows as their work is published, and the ingenuity of our grantees as they continue to adapt and deliver meaningful projects in new ways.

I hope the upcoming holiday season will bring you much comfort and joy, as well as the opportunity to explore and celebrate the humanities. Get lost in a treasured book (or delve into your local library for a new favorite!), watch a documentary film with family and friends, share an ancestral story or recipe.

I also hope you will consider a donation to California Humanities.

As we strive to amplify California’s rich cultural traditions, your financial support helps us to keep the beacon of the humanities shining and accessible to all. Click here to donate.

Best regards,


Julie Fry
President & CEO
jfry@calhum.org

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