Minnesota Humanities Center

Understanding each other better through the humanities

The Minnesota Humanities Center collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to bring transformational humanities programming into the lives of Minnesotans throughout the state.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect the past to the present to increase shared understanding and spark positive future change.

2023 Open Grants

MHC has recently received funding from the Minnesota Legislature to provide grants to individuals, museums, and organizations. The vast majority of the grants administered by MHC are awarded through a competitive application process.

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Connect with MHC

Connect with MHC through our professional development offerings, immersive experiences, traveling exhibits, and more. Whether it’s online, at the Minnesota Humanities Event Center, or in your own community, we offer a variety of opportunities to connect, engage, and promote the humanities across Minnesota.

“The humanities protect and give life to our most enduring values. The very DNA of civilization is encoded in the poet’s song, the painter’s brushstroke, and the vibrant dialogue about ideas.”

Richard J.Franke – CEO of John Nuveen and Co. and Founder of the Chicago Humanities Festival

Upcoming Events

St. Cloud – MN Writers Series: Break Point: Two Minnesota Athletes and the Road to Title IX

The Minnesota Writers Series welcomes Sheri Brenden, author of “Break Point: Two Minnesota Athletes and the Road to Title IX” in a conversation with her sister, Peg Brenden, one of the St. Cloud student athletes behind the groundbreaking 1972 federal court case that took on the unequal system of school athletics nationwide.

St. Paul – Our Ancestors Are Us: An Asian Adoptee Life Writing Workshop

As part of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s writing and reflection offerings, we are excited to collaborate with Jennifer Kwon Dobbs to host Our Ancestors Are Us: An Asian Adoptee Life Writing Workshop, a project funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Staples – Including An Indigenous Lens that Honors the Past, Present, and Future

In this session of Excavating Excellence: A Speaker Series and Cohort offered by Sourcewell, we will excavate a perspective that is too often minimized, misrepresented, or sometimes completely absent: the perspective of our nation’s first people.

St. Paul – Feeding Our Souls: The Essence of Latino Joy

The aroma of inviting cuisine continues to fill the halls of the Minnesota Humanities Center as we commemorate Latino Cultural Heritage Month through food.