Vermont Humanities

About Us

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with students in front of a schoolbus

A statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.

A state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vermont Humanities believes that engagement with the world of ideas, in interaction with others, contributes uniquely to richer lives, stronger communities, a more humane society, and a better world.

In this year-end video playlist, Vermont Humanities staffers share their most memorable moments from the last year including a visit from New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds, the return to in-person Words in the Woods events, the release of the new Freedom and Unity comic during the remixed Fall Festival, and the quiet moments in between that make our work so rewarding.


Jason Reynolds wearing a black hat and clothes sits with a microphone in front of a red curtain at The Flynn in Burlington

Vermont Humanities has developed a broad range of programs that serves Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. In 2019 we sponsored 882 talks, book discussions, literacy programs, and other humanities events in 149 Vermont towns, including communities in every county.

Programs include book discussions, speaker events, conferences, a statewide one-book community reading program, and a grants program that supports humanities projects of other nonprofit organizations.

These programs and events strengthen Vermont’s communities not only by their character and design, but also by happening in the facilities of key town organizations such as libraries, museums, community centers, and schools. And humanities-based literacy programs reach childcare providers, middle school students, teen and underserved parents, incarcerated adults, and adult basic education students.

Banner image: The late Congressman John Lewis (center) with Woodstock Union High School students in Burlington in October, 2019. His March Trilogy co-author, Andrew Aydin, is at right in the back row. Vermont Humanities won one of four 2020 Schwartz Prizes for outstanding public humanities programming in the U.S. for Vermont Reads 2019

Vermont Humanities*** November 22, 2014