Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Maryland Humanities Council Inc

  • Baltimore, MD
  • www.mdhc.org

Mission Statement

The Maryland Humanities Council stimulates and promotes informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.

Main Programs

  1. Chautauqua
  2. Maryland History Day
  3. One Maryland One Book
  4. Museum on Mainstreet
  5. Practicing Democracy
Service Areas

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Maryland

We serve all 24 counties in the state of Maryland

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer since 2008

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Phoebe Stein Davis

Keywords

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civic engagement, promote informed dialogue, humanities programming

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EIN

52-1102799

Physical Address

108 W Centre St

Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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

$41,547.00

Program 2

Maryland History Day

History Day is an exciting, history-based learning experience for students in grades 6 through 12. In History Day, students learn about issues, ideas, people, and events in history and apply what they have learned through creative and original productions.
Choose your own topic! Students select a topic that interests them and relate it to the annual theme. From local history to world history, from ancient to contemporary history, from politics to music - there are unlimited possibilities for topic choice.
Get involved in hands-on research! Beyond simply memorizing names and dates, students conduct in-depth research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews to draw their own conclusions about the topic's significance in history.
Choose a format that highlights your talents! Students can showcase their research and creativity through one of five formats - historical papers, imaginative exhibits, original performances, multimedia documentaries, and historical web sites.
Teachers across Maryland say that History Day is an invaluable tool in the classroom! History Day gets students actively engaged in history and helps meet requirements of state social studies standards. It is a flexible program that includes a variety of methods of participation and interdisciplinary approaches.
And History Day is fun!

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$132,057.00

Program 3

One Maryland One Book

Imagine if everyone in Maryland read the same book at the same time
Reading is often a solitary pursuit. But imagine if everyone in Maryland read the same great book at the same time. What kind of conversations could you have and with whom could you connect or reconnect in your community?
The Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, invites you to be a part of Maryland's only statewide community reading program-One Maryland One Book. Pick up a copy of this year's selected book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, to read and look for book discussions and related programs at your local public library and other locations around the state in September and October.
Please note:  Our 2011 selection may contain some potentially objectionable language and mention of (but no description of) teen self-discovery, which may be innapropriate for younger, immature readers.  Please refer to the MHC Readers Guide, when released, for more specifics.
How is the One Maryland One Book chosen?
A call for suggestions is sent out each year in November to the general public, educators, librarians, book groups, and other partners, based upon an annual theme and pre-determined criteria. Suggestions are then researched to be sure they fit the established criteria.  A selection committee reviews the list and each member provides his or her top 10 choices to Maryland Humanities Council staff.  In January the committee meets to discuss the list and parses the list down to the top three choices, later voting to establish the One Maryland One Book pick.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

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

Budget

$186,614.00

Program 4

Museum on Mainstreet

Museum on Mainstreet is a Smithsonian Institute program that is administered throughout Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council.  
 
Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. It is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and state humanities councils nationwide. Museum on Main Street combines the prestige of Smithsonian exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns. Museum on Main Street is funded by the United States Congress.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$48,849.00

Program 5

Practicing Democracy

What is the difference between rambunctious discussion--about global warming, immigration, and land use, for example--and refusing to listen to and acknowledge people with different points of view?
MHC's new program, Practicing Democracy will explore these differences by bringing Marylanders together for a series of public discussion forums, workshops and interactive events. The goal is to provide the opportunity for people of different opinions and points of view to come together for passionate, respectful and effective civic dialogue that will build respectful working relationships.
The Process: MHC will engage audiences in issues that are important to them and their communities by providing shared humanities experiences through a series of events:
hearing from a scholar;
reading a short story, essay or poem;
watching a film;
or participating in or attending an interactive workshop, performance or art exhibit.
Partners for Practicing Democracy will, in turn, partner with other nonprofits and for-profit organizations across Maryland that will help shape program content, build audiences and host events.
How to get involved: For more information about this program or how to get involved, please contact Project Manager Beth Barbush at 410-685-3715 or ebarbush@mdhc.org.(mailto:%20ebarbush@mdhc.org)
Practicing Democracy Program Focus Topics:
Environment
Development/Land Use
Historic preservation
Transportation

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$148,664.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

We serve all 24 counties in the state of Maryland

Funding Needs

The Maryland Humanities Council relies mostly on funding received at the National and State levels from the National Endowment for the Humanities and appropriations from the Maryland legislature.  In addition to these funding sources, MHC relies on private donations to help advance the work of the organization.

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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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Principal Officer

Phoebe Stein Davis

BIO

Dr. Davis has served as MHC's Executive Director since 2008.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Phillips

Montgomery College

Term: Nov 2011 -

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