Vermont Humanities

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

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

The Humanities

Our Mission

Using the humanities, we connect with people across Vermont to create just, vibrant, and resilient communities and to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Our Vision

Vermont’s diverse people and cultures thrive as they explore bold ideas and complex challenges. Together we spark creativity, connection, insight, and transformation.

Our Values

Vermont Humanities staff and board commit to using the following organizational values in our work:

Engagement

We will aim to integrate the humanities into the educational, civic, and economic life of Vermont. Because the humanities include everyone, we will work to bring down barriers to inclusion.

Equity

We will use our programs to help address historic gaps in power between groups and to amplify
under-represented voices.

Community

We will encourage people to form bonds across boundaries, develop channels of cooperation, and nurture resiliency in their local communities and statewide.

Partnership

We will build and grow long-term relationships with communities and organizations and form a broader spectrum of partners across racial, class, and geographic lines.

Humility

We will acknowledge that we have much to learn from our colleagues and our communities and that we do not have all the answers.

Curiosity

We will help Vermonters learn about the world and themselves and encourage everyone to engage with the humanities in the ways that they find most compelling.

Excellence

We will nurture, support, and promote the achievements and innovations of humanists and cultural organizations in Vermont.

Relationships

We will foster sustainable and healthy relationships among our staff and board members, with our partners, and with the organizations we support.

Bravery

We will help create spaces for complex—and sometimes difficult—conversations about the human experience. We’ll learn from our mistakes, improve our ways of working whenever we fall short, and reduce the influence of the biases that we all carry.

Our Commitment to Ongoing Change

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

DEIA stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. At Vermont Humanities, we know that words matter, and these particular words can mean different things to different people from different communities.

Poet Toussaint St. Negritude reads aloud outdoors in a leather hat with a moon design, a teal jacket, and tortoise shell glasses.

Resisting Hate Through Poetry

On Saturday, June 10, an incident of hate violence in Lyndonville targeted and threatened our partners at the Cobleigh Public Library and our dear colleague, Vermont Humanities Program Officer Toussaint St. Negritude. We stand in solidarity with Toussaint, the library staff, and the Lyndonville community against hate violence and extremism.

Photo by Marcus Lewis on Unsplash

Opportunities to Help

Vermont is not immune to the dangerous times we’re living in. Here are some ways that you can help support our diverse communities here in Vermont,

Strategic Plan 2022-2027

Our communities are living in a time of great transition. To meet the social, environmental, and public health needs of our day, cultural organizations like Vermont Humanities must devote ourselves to transformational thinking, planning, and action.

Vermont Humanities*** December 9, 2021