The Humanities Council of Washington, DC produces and funds a variety of programs designed to promote the humanities and to create a stronger sense of community in all District Wards. A key feature of our programs is that they often generate cultural products such as oral histories, documentaries, educational websites, or documents that serve to enrich the community for years.
Current programs include:
The DCCHP began as an effort to explore the social and cultural history of DC neighborhoods from the perspective of long-time residents. Currently the project consists of neighborhood studies, a grant initiative, and a growing body of multimedia resources produced by dedicated community members. Our participants and project sponsors have combined to make the DCCHP one of our most successful and far-reaching programs.
This series of programs is the Humanities Council's annual celebration of literature and city-wide read. All Washingtonians are encouraged to participate in the series of discussions, workshops, and live performances held by the HCWDC and its partners which focus on a single work of fiction.
Every Spring, the Humanities Council offers a group of young DC leaders the opportunity to learn more about their communities while immersing themselves in the humanities. In the past students have created products such as oral histories, documentary films, and performing arts projects as the result of their Soul of the City experiences.
This annual event was established to encourage discussion about global concerns that directly impact the Washington, DC community. A recent symposium explored the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of non-violence. In 2010, the focus will be on global climate change.