The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.
What does it mean to be human? This question has given rise to the fields known collectively as “the humanities,” which examine what humans have created, debated, done and believed throughout the millennia. The skills and methods of the humanities—reading, analysis, discussion, critical thinking; about history, ideas, arts, texts—help connect us to one another and to lead meaningful lives. The Council’s vision is to create a vibrant, growing public humanities community that engages all New Yorkers in civic participation, volunteerism, philanthropy, and community involvement, and reconnects people to our rich state and local history.