About Us

HumanitiesDC illuminates the rich communities that make up Washington, DC using the tools of the humanities. Through our grantmaking and public programs we help build a vibrant city where all can engage in intellectual exchange, reflect on our connected stories and celebrate our various cultures.


Learn about our annual grant opportunities designed to support DC residents, groups and organizations interested in leading dynamic public humanities projects and programming.

Public Programs

Explore our interactive programs designed to help Washingtonians share their experiences, discuss current issues and appreciate our remarkable people and neighborhoods.


Attend lively celebrations, presentations, discussions, and more led by local scholars and experts who passionately bring our city’s wonders to life.

90s poetry open mic scene

Join us at the last event this year for the Culture Series as we learn about the rich open mic scene in DC during the 90s.  

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2023 Magazine + Annual Report

Check out the new HumanitiesDC magazine and annual report for 2023.

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SEASON 2 out now

Porchtales Podcast, Season 2, with former NPR producer Katie Davis, is available now.

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