Oklahoma’s gateway to humanities education, community conversation, and cultural experiences.

About Oklahoma Humanities

At Oklahoma Humanities, we’re providing funding and resources that support lifelong learning and a vibrant cultural life for all Oklahomans.


The mission of Oklahoma Humanities is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.

About Our Work

Oklahoma Humanities is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we strive to stimulate discussion, encourage new perspectives, and to actively engage people in the humanities disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, and ethics. We address these goals through the following programs:

  • Grants for humanities programming and research
  • Reading programs that bring people together to discuss books and ideas
  • Traveling exhibits that take the museum experience to rural areas
  • Lectures and living history programs that foster community dialogue and connect people with our finest scholars
  • Classroom programs that engage students with history and literature
  • Teacher institutes that promote excellence in K-12 education
  • And much, much more

Key Values

Oklahoma Humanities recognizes that engagement with the humanities offers people inspiration and hope and can tell true and powerful stories about what life and human behavior mean. The humanities help people to forge strong connections, recognize commonalities, promote justice and tolerance, and engage in civic life.

NEH Funding

Funding for Oklahoma Humanities and its programs is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website or in Oklahoma Humanities programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.

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