Our Story

Our Mission

Humanities Montana serves communities through stories and conversation. We offer experiences that nurture imagination and ideas by speaking to Montanans’ diverse history, literature, and philosophy.

Land Acknowledgement
Humanities Montana acknowledges that we are in the homelands of Indigenous people. We offer our respect for their history and culture, and for the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for generations to come.

Our Vision

To achieve our goal, Humanities Montana —

  • provides programs that tell our diverse stories
  • facilitates conversations about the most pressing issues
  • supports Montana’s cultural institutions through grants and partnerships
  • offers humanities such as history, literature, and philosophy to nurture memory, imagination, and ideas

Our 2019 Impact

Locations we have been active in


  • 6,692 Montanans attended a Montana Conversations program
  • 66% of the 170 total Montana Conversations programs took place in rural communities
  • 10/11 of the Big Sky Reads book clubs were held in rural communities

Map Key

Montana Conversations

Montana Center for the book club

Gather Round

Think & Drink

Informed Citizen

Hometown Humanities

Serving Communities Through


Our Strategy

Strengthen communities, inspire ideas, and deepen mutual understanding.

Humanities Montana is Montana’s state humanities council. Established in 1972, we are one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better infuse the humanities directly and effectively into public life.

For 47 years, Humanities Montana has helped strengthen communities through grants and special programs that reach into every corner of our state. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations. We connect people, inspire ideas, and deepen mutual understanding.

Read Humanities Montana’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan to learn more about our vision for the coming years.