Mission & Vision


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.