New York Council for the Humanities
The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to provide leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena. Founded in 1975 as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ partner in New York State, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, City and private funding. What does it mean to be human? The humanities teach us how, not what, to think; they help us form and articulate our ideas and beliefs. Involvement in humanities subjects develops critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, communication and problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation. They help us talk about and understand the ideas that define us as individuals and connect us as communities.