About Us

As Maine’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we offer humanities programs and grants for all Mainers.

Mission statement

The Maine Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit organization, uses the humanities— literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

Vision statement

Maine communities transformed by the power and pleasure of ideas.

What is the Maine Humanities Council? 

We’re a statewide nonprofit that uses books, poetry, and big ideas to bring people together to discuss issues of importance. We’re a program partner, grantmaker, and connector of people and communities. Our connections strengthen our society and help shape the future of Maine.

What does the Maine Humanities Council do?

We partner with libraries, hospitals, school districts, and communities to foster critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

Our programs are designed for all Maine people—veterans, immigrants new to the state, young Mainers, people working in healthcare, and those who just love a good book and enjoy talking about it with others.

Our grants support and encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another, building lasting connections and reaching diverse, multigenerational, and rural audiences.

Our events connect people with books, communities with ideas, and strangers with one another. We bring people together for honest and engaging conversations rooted in a deep understanding of literature, history, philosophy, and culture.

How our work is funded

  • Our work is supported in part by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
  • Foundations, corporations, and individuals are essential supporters of our work.
  • We also receive annual funding from the state of Maine, 100% of which is given out as grants to Maine nonprofits.