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Nevada Humanities connects and transforms communities by sharing and amplifying the stories, ideas, experiences, and traditions of the diverse people of Nevada.


Nevada Humanities envisions a Nevada where people thrive in just and healthy communities, where connection and participation are part of everyday life, and where diverse perspectives are welcomed and valued.


Nevada Humanities is committed to equity and inclusion in everything we do. Nevada Humanities believes that diversity, equity, empathy, respect, connection, and participation are the building blocks to a just and thriving society. We are committed to the equitable treatment of all people in every aspect of our organization and its activities, and in our understanding of who participates in – and has access to – the humanities.



Christina Barr, Executive Director

Stephanie Gibson, Assistant Director

Bobbie Ann Howell, Program Manager

Aliza Pantoja, Administrative Assistant

Nevada Humanities Seeks a Program Manager to Join Its Las Vegas Office

Nevada Humanities seeks a full-time Program Manager in its Las Vegas office to develop innovative public humanities-based cultural programs in Nevada. Nevada Humanities seeks a person with excellent writing and oral communication skills who has an understanding of the transformative power of humanities experiences to enrich our lives with knowledge, meaning, and understanding, and demonstrated interest in working with audiences and community partners of varied social, economic, and educational backgrounds. Duties include: producing public humanities programs, building diverse constituencies, developing statewide partnerships, undertaking resource development, representing Nevada Humanities in local and national contexts, and participating in marketing/communications activities. Routine travel and occasional evening and weekend availability are required. Nevada Humanities collaborates with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to provide human resource services for its employees; this position serves as Administrative Faculty for UNR. For complete position description and application requirements visit https://www.unr.edu/hr/jobs. Closing date is November 8, 2019, or until filled. UNR is an equal opportunity employer.

Full details about the position can be found here


History of Nevada Humanities

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Founded in 1971, Nevada Humanities is one of 56 independent state and territorial humanities councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities creates public programs and supports public projects statewide that define the Nevada experience, connect Nevadans, and explore issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities. 

The early years of Nevada Humanities were defined by programming that enhanced the traditional humanities disciplines of history, literature, and philosophy. The 1970s and 1980s saw growth and expansion of cultural programs that spread the voice and vision of the humanities statewide. Nevada Humanities opened its first southern Nevada office in Las Vegas and became one of the original 22 states to join the newly formed State Federation of Humanities Councils.

The 1990s marked a shift from solely regranting NEH funds to doing statewide programming work with the creation of the Humanities Awards in 1990, the start of the Great Basin Young Chautauqua program in 1993, and the original Great Basin Book Festival in 1997. New programs were created to address demographic changes in Nevada.

Staying true to its cultural and heritage programming, Nevada Humanities in the 2000s promoted not only history but also connected communities through the humanities. The Young Chautauqua program received a ‘Coming Up Taller’ award from the President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities in 2001, two successful Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibits (Barn Again! and Between Fences) toured the state, and a new online culture and history program began with the launch of the Online Nevada Encyclopedia (ONE).

Today Nevada Humanities shares and promotes the humanities in the Silver State through cultural events, diverse programs and partnerships that connect Nevadans, and grants that fund humanities projects statewide. Nevada Humanities continues to build a connected and engaged Nevada.

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History of Our Logo

At Nevada Humanities, we are often asked about our logo and its distinctive hand imprint. The Nevada Humanities hand is symbolic of our shared humanity and inspired by a carved petroglyph located in Rattlesnake Well, Mineral County, Nevada.



Nevada Humanities is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees made up of leaders in the humanities, businesses, community members, and nonprofit administration from around the state.

Chair: William Marion, Principal, Purdue Marion & Associates, Las Vegas

Vice Chair: Jane Tors, Director, Research Communications, University of Nevada, Reno

Executive Committee:
Caleb Cage, Chief and Homeland Security Advisor, Emergency Management-Homeland Security, Nevada Department of Public Safety, Reno

Antoinette Cavanaugh, Educator, Retired Superintendent of Schools, Elko County, Owyhee

Susanna Newbury, Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jennifer Satre, Past Chair, Community Leader, Reno

Board Members:
Erika Bein, Professor, English Department, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno

Deirdre Clemente, Associate Professor, Director UNLV Public History Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nancy Cummings, Retired Library Director, Washoe County Library System, Reno

Sally Denton, Author, Journalist, and Independent Scholar, Boulder City

M. Todd Felts, Assistant Professor, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno

Michael Flores, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas

Scott Gavorsky, Tribal Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau, Elko

Shaun Griffin, Poet, Translator, Editor, Community Activist, Virginia City

Debra Harry, Lecturer in Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada, Reno, Nixon and Reno

Mary-Ellen McMullen, Community Leader, Henderson

Claudia Ortega-Lukas, Graphic Designer, University of Nevada, Reno

Scott Seeley, Co-Owner, The Writer’s Block, Las Vegas

Nominate Someone to Serve

Every year we seek nominations for new members to serve three-year terms on our Board of Trustees. Applications for the FY2019 cycle are due by June 16, 2019. Please see the Board of Trustees Job Description and contact Nevada Humanities if you are interested in applying.



As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we support our work with a mix of federal, state, and private funds that consist of donations from individuals and businesses here in Nevada. The federal funds we receive from the National Endowment for the Humanities go directly to our state in the form of programs and services statewide. These federal dollars are leveraged many times over by Nevada Humanities and its community partners, making dynamic cultural programs possible that sustain a vital quality of life for the people of Nevada throughout our state.