A vibrant humanities experience

Humanities Montana programs encourage thoughtful conversation. They create opportunities to share, learn, think, and reflect. In 2022, we celebrated a robust return to in-person programming by adding new presentations for schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations.

Bridget Kevane at the Lewistown Public Library on September 29, 2022.


Programs took place in Lewistown in 2022.


Lewistown community members attended Humanities Montana programs.

Hometown Humanities

Hometown Humanities concentrates cultural programming in one rural community. Our staff works closely with community leaders to learn about local successes and challenges. We then tailor programs and events to fit their needs. Our goals are to enrich lives, strengthen cultural infrastructure, and build relationships, one small town at a time.

In 2022, Lewistown hosted Hometown Humanities. Locals and visitors alike were invited to enjoy thought-provoking and fun events that began in the fall of 2021 and ended in the spring of 2023.

Speakers in the Schools

Humanities Montana presenters interact with students across the state, leading workshops and conversations on topics like current affairs, untold histories, native cultures, literature, and more. Teachers work with speakers to tailor programs to suit classroom needs.

Mo Reynolds, Connecting with Folk Tales and Fables. Photo Submitted by the Billings Public Library


total Speakers in the Schools presentations took place in 2022.


of presentations occurred in rural communities.


of presentations were hosted in tribal nation communities.


students across Montana were served through the Speakers in the Schools program.

Louise Fischer at Lone Pine State Park on September 2, 2022.

Montana Conversations

Community groups across Montana can access over 50 presentations and conversations on topics like the literature of the West, media literacy, philosophy, current affairs, and more.


Montanans attended a Montana Conversation program in 2022.


of 151 Montana Conversations presentations took place in rural communities across the state.

The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project is a civic-engagement initiative that connects teens with their local libraries and community organizations to address local issues. Thirteen communities across Montana participated in the program in 2022 including:

  1. Aaniiih Nakoda College Library in Fort Belknap
  2. James E. Shanley Tribal Library – Fort Peck Community College
  3. Gallatin High School Library
  4. Columbia Falls High School Library
  5. Billings Public Library
  6. George McCone Memorial County Library
  7. Drummond School and Community Library
  8. Seeley Lake Public Library
  9. Missoula Public Library
  10. Lewistown Public Library
  11. Lewis and Clark Library in East Helena
  12. Lewis and Clark Library in Helena
  13. Whitehall Community Library

Tahj Kjelland at Gallatin High School Library on October 5, 2022