Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Maryland Humanities

  • Baltimore, MD
  • www.mdhumanities.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission

Maryland Humanities creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.

Our Vision

We envision a Maryland where the humanities are understood as central to everyday life because they help us reflect on the past, understand the present, and shape the future. The result will be a state where thoughtful and informed Marylanders are committed to a lifetime of learning that invigorates and strengthens our democracy through an open-minded exchange of ideas.

Our Values

We believe:

In the power of lifelong learning in the humanities to create thoughtful citizens and thus a stronger democracy.
That the humanities offer a rich source of knowledge and an invaluable set of skills that promote rigorous thinking and challenge people to consider new ideas and alternative points of view.
In respect for others, and we celebrate diverse backgrounds and opinions.
In collaboration with others because we know that partnerships help build strong communities.

Main Programs

  1. Chautauqua
  2. Maryland History Day
  3. One Maryland One Book
  4. Museum on Main Street
  5. Letters About Literature
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

We serve all 24 counties in the state of Maryland, including Baltimore City.

ruling year

1978

Executive Director since 2008

Self-reported

Ms. Phoebe Stein Ph.D

Keywords

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lifelong learning, open exchange, humanities, education, culture, history, literature, civic engagement

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Also Known As

Maryland Humanities

EIN

52-1102799

 Number

3944664128

Physical Address

108 West Centre Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Chautauqua

HISTORY COMES ALIVE UNDER THE CHAUTAUQUA TENT Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear famous historical figures talk about their experiences and accomplishments . . . in real life? Join the Maryland Humanities Council at our annual Chautauqua where you will meet celebrated figures from our nation’s past and talk with them about their lives, ideas, and impact. 
Since 1995, when Maryland’s Chautauqua began at Garrett College, this summer event has spread to six locations, providing free programs for communities in every region of the state. Chautauqua combines scholarship and performance to present an interactive program that engages thousands of Marylanders in thoughtful dialogue.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$20,650

Program 2

Maryland History Day

For middle and high school students who participate, Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.

Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme. Students progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels. Students from public, private, home, and cyber schools are welcome to participate. District contests are held throughout Maryland every February and March.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$54,312

Program 3

One Maryland One Book

Imagine if everyone in Maryland read the same book at the same time

When we read a great book, we can’t wait to share the experience and talk about it with others. That’s one of the joys of reading.

In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. We invite you to participate in book-centered discussions and related programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers around the state.

One Maryland One Book programs, including an author tour, take place each year in the fall.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$85,325

Program 4

Museum on Main Street

From Western Maryland to the lower Eastern Shore, our state is rich in cultural heritage. Museum on Main Street shines the spotlight on it.

True to our name, Maryland Humanities is committed to bringing outstanding humanities programs to every corner of our state. Museum on Main Street (MoMS) helps fulfill that promise. A collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils like Maryland Humanities, MoMS brings high-quality traveling exhibits to Main Street museums, historical societies, and other small-town cultural venues across the country. These exhibits boost civic pride, as residents young and old, from diverse backgrounds come together to share and celebrate their heritage.

In 2015, for example, Maryland Humanities brought the sports-oriented Smithsonian traveling exhibit Hometown Teams to five communities across Maryland. Sports are an indelible part of our culture, reflecting the trials and triumphs of the human experience. Hometown Teams identifies compelling sports stories on the local level and brings them to light.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$5,230

Program 5

Letters About Literature

For young readers in grades 4–12, our annual writing contest, Letters About Literature (LAL), encourages a love of reading and an appreciation for the power of words and ideas. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, this contest not only promotes reading and writing, but also inspires creativity and encourages young people to be lifelong readers.

Every year, thousands of Maryland students submit a letter to the LAL Contest. In 2015, Marylander Juliana Gorman won a national honor for her letter to author Elie Wiesel (PDF). The LAL contest has winners and cash prizes at both the state and national levels.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$4,685

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

We serve all 24 counties in the state of Maryland, including Baltimore City.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

If your life has been influenced by the power of the humanities, you understand the importance of the work we do. Literature, history, philosophy, and ethics help us understand what it means to be human. Through partnerships and programming, Maryland Humanities works to ensure that the humanities empower us to thrive in our daily lives. In promoting lifelong learning, thoughtful dialogue, and the healthy exchange of ideas, we help solve problems and enrich people's lives. Your support is essential. By making a tax-deductible contribution, you enable us to continue to deliver high-quality free or low-cost public programming to more and more Marylanders each year. Think about your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Who would benefit from a vibrant One Maryland One Book discussion? Do you know a young person who would be inspired by researching a historical person or event for Maryland History Day? Could your community find shared meaning in a Museum on Main Street local exhibition? At Maryland Humanities, we work hard to create educational and cultural experiences that matter. Won't you help us share them with more groups of people, in more places around our state?

Accreditations


Since 2009

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MARYLAND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, INC.
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Ms. Phoebe Stein Ph.D

BIO

Phoebe Stein joined Maryland Humanities as Executive Director in July 2008 and directs its programming, grant making, marketing, fundraising, and governance efforts. An educational nonprofit organization, Maryland Humanities brings nearly 1,400 free public humanities events to communities across the state annually through partnerships with over five hundred educational, cultural, civic, business, and government organizations. Nearly 800,000 Marylanders experience Maryland Humanities programs each year.

Stein earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan and her MA and PhD in English from Loyola University of Chicago. She is the host of Humanities Connection, a weekly program on WYPR-NPR. In addition to a number of articles about modern American literature, Stein most recently published “Gertrude Stein's Wars I Have Seen," a chapter in the book Primary Stein (Rowman and Littlefield 2014). She lives in Baltimore with her husband Rafael Alvarez, an author and journalist.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. Stephen J. Sfekas

Circuit Court of Baltimore City

Term: Nov 2011 -

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