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NMHC Mission Statement and Goals

The New Mexico Humanities Council strengthens our connections with one another and facilitates imaginative explorations of who we are, who we have been, and who we aspire to be.

The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) encourages and supports the humanities by seeking out and funding quality humanities programs for presentation to and participation by diverse public audiences throughout New Mexico. Thought, learning, and experience must be shared. This is what it means to be human.

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Goals and Objectives

NMHC remains committed to the substance of its statements of mission and goals as follows:

-- to support quality projects and programs which engage humanities scholars and public audiences in a dialogue on topics and issues appropriate to the humanities;

-- to enhance the civic and cultural life of New Mexico's citizens through it projects and programs;

-- to provide easy access to quality humanities programs for citizens and communities throughout New Mexico; and

-- to strive for diversity in the humanities disciplines, formats, humanities scholars, and public audiences involved in NMHC projects and programs.

NMHC mission and goals reflect its history, its current relationship with its principal funder, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sustained commitments by NMHC Board of Directors.

Definition of the Humanities

The humanities study the human culture with particular emphasis on the liberal arts; the cultural implications of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the professions; and individual self-expressions that deal with abiding and perennial questions. The humanities are ways to understand and evaluate the human experience.