Our Mission

The Utah Humanities Council empowers individuals and groups to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.

Since its establishment in 1975 as an independent nonprofit agency, UHC and its programs have reached every corner of the state, involving thousands of people as planners, participants, and audiences. We partner and collaborate with libraries, historical societies, museums, local arts and humanities councils, civic and service organizations, public radio and television stations, schools and colleges, local and state government agencies, ad hoc groups, and others. While UHC seeks to serve the entire state, we occasionally undertake temporary initiatives that focus on selected topics, targeted audiences, or geographic locations.

UHC sponsors programs designed to enrich public discussion and encourage citizen involvement. We collaborate on projects and services with other cultural and educational leaders, present an annual statewide book festival, build capacity among partnering organizations, offer humanities educational opportunities to nontraditional students, and provide grants and technical assistance to nonprofit groups. A volunteer board of directors, representing a wide variety of disciplines and communities, makes policy, directs planning, and evaluates programs. UHC is supported by generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations, receives public support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Utah, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund.