Cal Humanities

Cal Humanities is a non-profit that promotes the humanities in California to help create “a state of open mind.”

We produce, fund, and support cultural experiences in media, literature, and discussion programs. Through our work, we inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter among our dramatically diverse people.

Every day we ask ourselves: what does it take to create “a state of open mind?”

Cal Humanities promotes the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to become a better California. As an independent, non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we were originally founded in 1975 as a granting organization, but through the years we have created and implemented our own signature humanities programs and projects. Cal Humanities now plays a critical role across the state in producing, funding, and supporting cultural experiences and events.

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