Rhode Island Council for the Humanities hosts its annual Celebration of the Humanities each October to mark National Arts & Humanities Month. The event celebrates the people and projects that make Rhode Island a vital place to live and recognizes the work of extraordinary members of Rhode Island’s public humanities community. Proceeds from the event support culture, history, education, and civic engagement in our state.
This high-profile gathering of the Rhode Island community includes over 300 business, higher education, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders and community members from across the state. The Celebration will feature an open wine and beer bar generously sponsored by Campus Fine Wines and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a speaking program.
The 2019 Celebration theme is IMAGINE. Our world is full of challenges and adversity. But what if we imagine a future that we actually want? Imagine connections between people, culture, and communities. Imagine kindness and empathy. Imagine shared stories and common values that respect difference. Imagine change. The humanities inspire our imagination to chart a positive future.
Nominate Your Favorite Cultural Leaders
Each year, there is an open call for nominations in three award categories. To submit a nomination use our online form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CelebrationAwards2019
Deadline for submission: Monday, April 22, 2019 by 5:00pm EST.
Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities
Recognizes an individual or organization whose work extends the field of the humanities by blending the wisdom and methods of the humanities in an inventive, original, and imaginative way with topics, disciplines, and formats not ordinarily associated with traditional humanities education.
Innovation in the Humanities Award
Recognizes the innovative implementation of the humanities within an organization to achieve a specific goal or a collaboration between organizations to work beyond their institutional walls in order to achieve a shared vision.
Public Humanities Scholar Award
Recognizes outstanding public humanities work in teaching and scholarship that advances the civic and cultural life of Rhode Island.
The Humanities Council also annually awards the Honorary Chairs’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities to an individual or group whose career achievements demonstrate humanities excellence, reflect the Council’s mission and core values, and enrich public life in Rhode Island. Established in 2004 by the Board of Director, the award is given on behalf of the Council’s Honorary Chairs, the seated Senators of Rhode Island, Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. The Council’s Board of Directors nominate and select this honoree each year.
Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities
Proceeds of the Celebration of the Humanities benefit public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. Detailed information about sponsorship levels and benefits coming soon!
For more information about sponsorship and/or program book ads call 401-273-2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors!
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– Cogut Institute for the Humanities
– The John Carter Brown Library
– John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage
– Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
Rhode Island School of Design
Roger Williams University
University of Rhode Island
Joan and Richard Abrams
Campus Fine Wines
Barry and Elaine Fain
Polly Hutcheson & George Rice
MetLife Auto & Home
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Rebecca R. Riley
Melanie & Stephen Coon
E.F. Bishop Group
Mary Beth Faustine and Andy Workman
Judy Barrett Litoff
McLaughlin & Moran, Inc.
Jean and Mark Patiky
Pawtucket Credit Union
The Providence Athenaeum
Rhode Island PBS
Sarah B. Richardson and Craig Richardson
James P. Riley
Don and Kitty Wineberg
Edward and Linda Wood
Constance Worthington & Terry Tullis
Yankee Travel, Inc.