We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities. Created to commemorate the Council's 50th anniversary and honor the legacy of scholar and longtime NJCH board member Stan Katz, the prize will recognize a public humanities project from a New Jersey-based organization that demonstrates community engagement and has had a significant impact upon people in the Garden State.

Our Mission

We explore, cultivate, and champion the public humanities in order to strengthen New Jersey’s diverse community.

Our Work

Humanities Lab

Launching in spring 2023, this pilot program will help organizations learn about, experiment, and get started with with new program ideas.

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Sponsorships

Sponsorships support events, programs, and opportunities that help institutions serving the people of New Jersey explore the public humanities in our lives.

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Impact

Our programs, grants, resources, and convenings foster appreciation for the public humanities in every district in the state.

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Events

News

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Resource Roundup May 2024

The Resource Roundup is a monthly email newsletter for the NJ Humanities community with helpful information, including notifications of funding, professional development events, meetings, and conferences from both NJCH and […]

Humanities Lab

Six NJ organizations selected for NJCH “Humanities Lab” cohort

Participating nonprofits will receive expert guidance and up to $5,000 in seed funding to encourage innovation in the humanities

Members of the "J-Lab" Fueling Community Journalism first cohort at Mercer County Community College

Free training for community journalists? It’s happening in New Jersey.

Amidst ongoing struggle in the news business, new reporters from all walks of life are entering the field to keep New Jerseyans informed about the issues affecting their communities. And […]

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Resource Roundup April 2024

The Resource Roundup is a monthly email newsletter for the NJ Humanities community with helpful information, including notifications of funding, professional development events, meetings, and conferences from both NJCH and […]

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Kicking Off the 2024 Community History Cohort

Community History 2024 is now underway! This past March, the 9 organizations in the cohort met twice at the Twin Rivers Branch Library in West Windsor to learn all about community-engaged public history.  

Grants

Through a competitive application process, we award Incubation Grants and Action Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to further the impact of the public humanities in New Jersey. Our COVID-19 grantmaking in 2020 and 2021 also helped pandemic-affected organizations recover and reimagine their work at a critical moment.

$272,408


NJCH recently announced $272,408 in grant funding to 22 organizations across the state for Spring 2023, with a focus on amplifying under-told stories.

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$402,524


NJCH recently announced $402,514 in grant funding to 33 organizations across the state for Spring 2022, capping off a banner grant cycle which saw the largest-ever response to an NJCH call for applications.

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Grantee Spotlight

Lawnside Historical Society

Lawnside, NJ

The Lawnside Historical Society’s 2022 Underground Railroad Youth Day Camp was a first-of-its-kind experience for both the dozen-plus children who attended and the state of New Jersey, teaching the often untold history of the Underground Railroad.

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

Princeton, NJ

“Bayard Rustin was lost to history, and he was excised from the stories told because he was queer and wouldn’t disavow his identity. We want to make sure he gets the respect and recognition he deserved.”

Sponsors & Partners

NEH
Mellon Foundation
AMPU
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Dodge Foundation
NJ Historical Commission
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Journalism + Design

Keep In Touch

Engaging with community members throughout New Jersey is key to our mission. Wherever you are in our circle, we value your partnership and support!