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, raffle of unique humanities experiences, and a speaking program to honor the 2020 awardees. Due to the uncertainty resulting from the public health crisis, the date and location are still being determined.
This is a public call for nominations. Honorees will be selected by an award selection committee that includes event co-chairs, board members, past honorees and grantees, community leaders, and staff. Click here to submit a nomination for any of the following award categories.
Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, May 8, 2020 by 5:00pm EST
Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities
Recognizes creativity in topics, disciplines, and formats that extend the field of the humanities.
Innovation in the Humanities Award
Recognizes the innovative implementation of the humanities within an organization or a collaborative partnership between organizations 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 Council also awards the Honorary Chairs’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities which celebrates 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. This award is nominated and selected by Council board members only.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets
Proceeds of the Celebration of the Humanities benefit public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. Sponsorship information will be available soon. Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors listed below: