2009 River of Words winner


Colorado Humanities inspires the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage.

Passing on the knowledge of the past, the inspiration of the present, and the hope for the future, we envision a Colorado that celebrates its heritage and its diversity; that reads, embraces cultural activities, participates in critical discussions, and listens, teaches, and learns; where communities, families, individuals, and especially our youth, apply the humanities in their everyday lives.  Colorado Humanities strives to bring the humanities to life in Colorado.

What are the Humanities?
The humanities convey and help us understand what it means to be human. They document and interpret human struggle, achievement and community life through history, literature, and other fields of knowledge. The humanities provide tools with which to examine and make sense of the human experience in general and our individual experiences in particular, asking fundamental questions of value, purpose and meaning, and making connections to the lives of those around us, to those who have gone before, and to those who will come after.

In addition to history

and literature, humanities fields of study include philosophy and ethics, the history and criticism of the arts, comparative religion, languages and linguistics, cultural anthropology and archaeology, jurisprudence, and the social sciences when they employ historical and interpretive methods.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Colorado Humanities certifies that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination pertaining to personnel procedures, program development and activities, and grants distribution on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, veteran status, disability status, marital status or any other status protected by law.

Colorado Humanities practices strive to conform with the letter and spirit of federal, state, and local laws regarding nondiscrimination.