This considerable, expanded issue of our award-winning magazine is one programming component of a larger national initiative entitled Democracy and the Informed Citizen. Humanities Councils in 46 states, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands are participating in this collaborative project administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Across the nation, communities are coming together to examine the historical and constitutional foundations of a free press, the connection between journalism and the humanities, the critical role that humanities and journalism play in shaping the judgments and opinions of citizens in a democratic society, and the contraction of traditional media and local news, particularly in small-town and rural America.
Federation of State Humanities Councils President Phoebe Stein notes: “In response to the dynamic landscape of American journalism and the mounting social and political polarization of the American public, the Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative supports programs and resources that examine the essential role that journalism and the humanities play to inform and engage citizens at all levels of our democracy.”
Oklahoma Humanities is participating in this national work with new programming on multiple platforms—a project we’re calling CITIZEN 2020, which will be accessible to Oklahomans in all 77 counties.