Arkansas Humanities Council Mission

The Arkansas Humanities Council is dedicated to promoting the humanities to all Arkansans by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, civic engagement, and more.

Funded by federal, state, and private sources, the Arkansas Humanities Council is a private 501 © 3 founded in 1975. Through grant making, public programs, and education, the Arkansas Humanities Council works with humanities scholars, nonprofit organizations, museums and schools to promote the humanities statewide.

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended


New Community Engagement Coordinator

Tamisha Cheatham will be joining the Council as Coordinator for Community Engagement on June 1, 2018. Her primary responsibilities will include developing and managing statewide programs including community forums, workshops, and grant initiatives…

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The council awards grants through a competitive application process to nonprofit groups and organizations so they can…

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Arkansas Humanities Council is sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and receives financial…

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Upcoming Events

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Erin Bernard, Creator and Director of the Philadelphia Public History Truck.

New Permanent Exhibit at the Museum of Discovery

The Arkansas Humanities Council is pleased to announce an exciting new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Discovery. The exhibit highlights the legacy of Julia “Bernie” Babcock, founder of the Museum of Discovery. The original museum was located in a storefront on Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Founded in 1927, the Arkansas Museum of Natural …read more

Museum Open House to Feature Local Collectors

The Shiloh Museum’s ninth annual “Cabin Fever Reliever” open house will take place Saturday, January 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the museum.  The event will feature displays by some two dozen local collectors.  Among the collections to be shown are Frisco railroad memorabilia, candy containers, compacts, seashells, plushies (stuffed toys), fishing lures, …read more

Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series

ARKANSAS AND THE PULITZER PRIZE Celebrating 100 Years of the Pulitzer Prize From the Pulitzer Prize Campfire Initiative The Arkansas Humanities Council will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize with four lectures focusing on winners of the prize with Arkansas connections. John Gould Fletcher Lecture • April 14, 2016, 7pm Winner of the …read more

Past Events

No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoons and the Arkansas Historical Perspective

A newly published online exhibit, “No Laughing Matter:Political Cartoons and the Arkansas Historical Perspective,” examines the profound effects political cartoons have had on Arkansas history and culture. Hosted by the University of Arkansas… read more

Spirit of the Movement Workshop

Coming up October 29th, join us for the Spirit of the Movement Workshops.   read more

Arkansas Archives Month 2016

Join us for Arkansas Archives Archives Month October 29th at the North Little Rock Heritage Center.     read more