Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A private nonprofit organization founded in 1973, Humanities Texas is supported by appropriations from the U.S. Congress and the state of Texas and gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals. A volunteer board governs the organization. The Governor of Texas appoints six board members, and the board fills the other vacant seats through a statewide, open nominations process.
According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: languages, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
Although our name is relatively new (2004), the state humanities council was established in 1973. Read a brief history of the organization.
Humanities Texas recently restored its headquarters, the historic Byrne-Reed House. Get contact information and directions.
The Byrne-Reed House is a 1907 mansion located in downtown Austin at 1410 Rio Grande Street, within blocks of the Texas Capitol, The University of Texas at Austin, and several museums and galleries. Learn more about the Byrne-Reed House.
As the state humanities council, Humanities Texas serves the entire state through its grants, traveling exhibitions, teacher institutes, and other programs. We support and develop programs in all regions of the state, in communities both large and small, and for audiences of all ages.
We welcome new members into our Friends group at any time of the year. Learn more and join the Friends of Humanities Texas.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an agency of the U.S. government, provides grants and sponsors programs and initiatives related to the humanities. The NEH also provides funding for and oversees the work of the state humanities councils.
Each state and U.S. territory has a humanities council that sponsors and supports programs throughout its respective area.
The Federation of State Humanities Councils represents and provides support for the work of the state councils.
Some Texas humanities organizations include:
Contact the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Library Association, and the Texas Association of Museums for further information about the state's museums, libraries, and archives.
The governing bylaws of Humanities Texas are available online.
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