The mission of Humanities Texas is educational excellence. Through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning, we advance education throughout the state.

Our programs strengthen Texas communities by cultivating the knowledge and judgement that representative democracy demands of its citizens. These programs also contribute to Texas’s thriving economy, culture, and civic life. 

Founded in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Humanities Texas is one of fifty-six state and jurisdictional humanities councils in the U.S. We are a nonprofit, educational organization supported by federal and state appropriations, as well as by foundations, corporations, and individuals. Our volunteer board is a model of leadership, ensuring we execute our mission while providing careful stewardship of our funding resources.

Chair's Welcome

A welcome message from Michael L. Klein, Humanities Texas board chair.


An introduction to Executive Director
Michael L. Gillette.


Learn more about the Humanities Texas staff and whom to contact about our programs.

Board of Directors

Information and updates on our current board of directors.

History and Mission

Learn more about our mission and history and get answers to commonly asked questions about Humanities Texas.

Byrne-Reed House

Humanities Texas is located in the recently restored, historic Byrne-Reed House in downtown Austin.

Contact Information

Humanities Texas
1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.440.1991
Fax: 512.440.0115

For additional information, contact us at info@humanitiestexas.org