Since 1972, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ grant program has supported meaningful public humanities work throughout our state. What are the public humanities, you ask? Good question! The public humanities take the humanities out of the classroom and make them accessible to wide and diverse audiences through a variety of methods – exhibitions and installations, discussion programs, oral history projects, and interpretive tours – that enable audiences to engage in critical reflection on human histories, cultures, values, and beliefs.
The most competitive grant proposals are those that put the “public” in “public humanities.” In other words: they demonstrate an awareness of the needs and interests of your audience and offer an opportunity for community members to engage in a shared exploration of the humanities.