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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Upcoming Events


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

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Southern Fried Schnitzel: German Food and Culture in Arkansas

German food and culture in Arkansas with a beer tasting and German food demonstration. read more
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. read more

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