2020 Annual Report

Responding to a tumultuous year

“It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.” – William Shakespeare​

2020 was, for many of us, the most unusual year of our lifetimes. When Vermont Humanities closed our office on March 12 we did not expect the pandemic to last over a year. But we immediately did everything we could to help Vermont’s cultural sector survive. And we will continue to advocate tirelessly for Vermont’s cultural institutions at the local, state, and national levels into the future.

2020 At a Glance

Over 13,300 Vermonters took part in our programs in 2020, and we distributed $781,000 in CARES Act Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grants to 123 cultural organizations with the Vermont Arts Council.

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Year in Review Video

Vermont Humanities staffers share their favorite moments from this sad, strange, and sometimes uplifting year.

Board chair Katy Smith Abbott

From Our Board Chair

“I hope you are as encouraged as I am by the inventiveness and the resilience of Vermont’s cultural sector.”

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Best Photos from 2020

Images from Humanities Camps, First Wednesdays, our Fall Conference and more.


Together with the Vermont Arts Council, in 2020 we distributed $781,000 in Emergency Relief Grants to aid 123 Vermont arts and/or humanities organizations in all of Vermont’s 14 counties.

Bryan Terrell Clark speaking in Middlebury

Thank You to Our Donors

Our work depends on the generosity of our many donors and volunteers. We are grateful to each of you who gave in 2020.

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2020 Statement of Financial Position

Our revenue, expenses, assets, liabilities, and net assets at the conclusion of FY 2020.

Man performing Cry Havoc play

2020 Grant Recipients

We increased our general humanities grant program to give $61,900 in 2020, supporting 26 nonprofit organizations.