In 2020, the Humanities Council met the needs of our community to ensure Rhode Islanders could continue engaging with the humanities in meaningful and safe ways at a time when we needed connection more than ever. Here are our top 10 from 2020 as we look ahead to a New Year and wish you all a healthy and safe holiday season.
- We distributed $547,075 through 95 grants resulting in 118 events in 22 different locations and online.
- We supported 16 project grants to document the pandemic through virtual and in-person programming compatible with social distancing.
- The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program provided $42,000 to cultural heritage organizations through 28 emergency relief grants.
- Our XIX: Shall Not Be Denied partnership initiative united 30 organizations with shared vision and values in marking the centennial of women’s suffrage.
- With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and the Rhode Island Foundation we launched the Culture is Key initiative supporting a Fellow and five pilot projects to explore how to deepen the civic impacts of cultural programs.
- We distributed 28 issues of our bi-monthly e-newsletter Humanities In Context to offer news of the Council’s grants, initiatives, and events to over 4,000 readers along with curated humanities content that is a springboard for reflection, learning, and action.
- Tours and stories were added to our Rhode Tour app and website which has over 40,000 users.
- We continued to provide in-person and virtual internship and service learning opportunities for students seeking experience in the humanities sector.
- We had a 50% increase in donors to our Annual Fund for the Humanities! Thank you for your continued support and participation.
- The Celebration of the Humanities honored humanities leadership, creativity, innovation, and scholarship with a virtual program that drew nearly 800 viewers proving that even when we cannot gather in the same physical space, Rhode Island’s humanities community is a force that lifts the spirits!
We could not have accomplished all of this without your support. Thank you.
If you feel inspired to include the Humanities Council in your end-of-year giving, make a donation online here. With a gift of $50 or more by December 31st, our gift to you is the Council’s limited edition face mask.