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Maryland Humanities
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Enriching the lives of Marylanders and strengthening the fabric of our state since 1973. That’s Maryland Humanities.  Maryland Humanities creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.  We envision a Maryland where the humanities are understood as central to everyday life because they help us reflect on the past, understand the present, and shape the future. The result will be a state where thoughtful and informed Marylanders are committed to a lifetime of learning that invigorates and strengthens our democracy through an open-minded exchange of ideas.

We believe:  In the power of lifelong learning in the humanities to create thoughtful citizens and thus a stronger democracy.  That the humanities offer a rich source of knowledge and an invaluable set of skills that promote rigorous thinking and challenge people to consider new ideas and alternative points of view.  In respect for others, and we celebrate diverse backgrounds and opinions.  In collaboration with others because we know that partnerships help build strong communities.

Virginia Humanities
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Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to inspire cultural engagement and deepen mutual understanding. Virginia Humanities is Virginia’s state humanities council. Established in 1974, we are one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better insert the humanities directly and effectively into public life. Virginia Humanities is able to do this work thanks in part to a unique partnership with the University of Virginia. Our statewide headquarters are in Charlottesville and Virginia Humanities functions as both a non-academic department of UVA and an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

Washington DC Humanities
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Founded in 1980, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HumanitiesDC) aims to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. Our vision is to transform the District of Columbia through the power of the humanities. The humanities are our human ties – the processes and documentation of our human experience.  The humanities provide our sense of identity, place, and community.  The humanities encourage us to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions.  The humanities help us to know our past, make sense of our present, and envision our future.  Incorporating the humanities disciplines into our lives will strengthen our civic engagement, unite us during times of triumph and tragedy, provide us with new insights, and make District of Columbia neighborhoods better places to live.