NMHC Mission Statement

Seeking to understand who we are, who we were and who we aspire to be.

To support public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences.


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.

The act establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1965 states, "Humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following:

• language; both modern and classical

• linguistics

• literature

• history

• jurisprudence

• philosophy

• archaeology

• comparative religion

• ethics

• the history, criticism and theory of the arts

• those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods

• the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

Seeking to understand
who we are,
who we were
and who we aspire to be.

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