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The Humanities, Arts, and Culture

Humanities, Arts, and Culture

The American Academy was founded to promote the pursuit of knowledge and the education of citizens in all fields of knowledge. Since 1780, the Academy has advocated for the importance of the humanities, arts, and culture in American society, and has called on both private citizens and the nation’s government to help foster advances in these areas.

Today, the Academy conducts research and develops policy recommendations to advance the humanities in academic scholarship and in the public sector, to display the importance of the arts in society, and to enrich the nation’s cultural life. By bringing together scholars, artists, and leaders from both the public and private sectors, Academy programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Culture put practitioners and scholars in conversation with individuals from other disciplines, ensuring that the arts and humanities are valued in all areas of civic life. Projects in this area demonstrate the value of the arts, humanities, and culture to the nation’s security and prosperity, and call attention to the role played by work in these fields to enriching the health of communities and the daily lives of its citizens.

Explore Our Projects in The Humanities, Arts, and Culture

You can review the Academy’s projects from the 1960s through today.
For a full listing, visit our project page.


Commission on Language Learning

Initiating a national conversation about investment in language and international education.

Humanities Indicators

Collecting comprehensive data on the humanities in the United States – the first and only resource of its kind.