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 1974. 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

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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

Sept Movie MacArthur Museum

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.

This documentary reveals the traumas our veterans face, witnessed by the hotline’s trained responders, who provide around-the-clock support in hopes of saving lives.


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


Hometown Teams Exhibit

  The Arkansas Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) Museum on Main Street is pleased to announce Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition coming to Arkansas April 2017. Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, the underdog heroics, larger‐than‐life legends, fierce rivalries and gut‐wrenching defeats. For more than …read more

Past Events


Spring 2016 Free Creative Non-fiction Writing for Veterans Class

Spring 2016 Free Creative Non-fiction Writing for Veterans Class, April 7 – May 12, 2016 Sponsored by The Arkansas Humanities Council And The Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History The… read more

2016 Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers

“Words That Matter: Pulitzer Prize Authors with Arkansas Connections” 5th Annual Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers Butler Center for Arkansas Studies & Arkansas Humanities Council 100 Rock Street, Little Rock… read more

Arkansas Literary Festival

Prestigious award-winners, screenwriters, comedians, an expert witness, artists, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the thirteenth annual Arkansas… read more