About Us

Utah Humanities is an independent non-profit dedicated to improving communities through the humanities. Image courtesy of Utah Humanities.

Who We Are and What We Do

Utah Humanities is an independent non-profit established in 1975. With a small, dedicated staff and volunteer board of directors, we offer public humanities programs across the state that involve thousands of people and organizations. To do our work, we partner with organizations that want to improve their communities through the humanities. Our partnerships span Utah and focus on literature, heritage, education, conversations, and local humanities ideas.

Our mission is to empower Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.

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What Are the Humanities are Why are They Relevant?

We believe that communities can be strengthened and improved through the humanities!

The humanities focus on how people experience and document their world, and they help us to understand the meaning of all human expression such as literature, history, art, and thought. As the study of human experience, the humanities can connect us to ourselves and each other in deeply meaningful ways. In fact, if you are human, you already "do" the humanities. Everything you read, think, create, and do adds to the human experience and can be looked at for interpretation and understanding.

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Land Acknowledgement Statement

Utah Humanities acknowledges Utah’s Indigenous communities as the original peoples of these lands. This extraordinary confluence of alpine mountains, salty deserts, and sinuous redrock are the ancestral homelands of Nuche (Ute), Nuwu (Paiute), Newe (Shoshone), Kutsipiuti (Goshute), Diné (Navajo), and Ancestral Puebloan peoples.

These first peoples hold the entire landscape as sacred, not only for themselves, but for their ancestors, future generations, and humankind as a whole. We honor their stewardship, respect their resilience, and celebrate their traditions and living cultures. We honor the land and respect the kinship others hold for these landscapes.

We foster respectful connection to Utah lands and first peoples through our programming. Working in partnership with Utah’s Indigenous communities, we re-commit ourselves to providing sustained opportunities for Utahns to understand systems of oppression, protect and honor memory, and preserve and support Indigenous cultures. We call for a brighter future together, for people and the land – one human interaction at a time.

Contact Us

202 West 300 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

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Utah Humanities is supported by generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and receives public support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Utah, the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund, and the ESRR Endowments.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.