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.

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“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

Recent News


Veterans/Standing Together

In 1928, Ernest Hemingway penned portions of one of the most enduring war novels in American literature, A Farewell to Arms, at the home of his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer in Piggott, Arkansas. Hemingway’s studio is now the site of an all-expense paid weekend writing retreat for veterans. The retreat offers military veterans from or …read more


Summer Institute

Third Annual Summer Educator Seminar Scheduled – Arkansas Humanities Council and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies are co-sponsoring the third annual educator seminar scheduled for June 11th and 12th. Approximately 50 secondary level educators from various locations in Arkansas have registered to attend the seminar. Various humanities scholars will address the topic, 20th Century …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