What if we go on this way?

The Big Question
February 9, 2023

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Connecting Maine communities through

Books, Poetry, & Big Ideas

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Funding for humanities programs that

Engage Maine Communities

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Connecting the people of Maine with

Extraordinary Speakers

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Supporting community discussions

Grounded in Compelling Texts

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About the MHC

We’re a statewide nonprofit that uses books, poetry, and big ideas to bring people together to discuss issues of importance. We’re a program partner, grant-maker, and connector of people and communities.


For all Maine people

We work with individuals and organizations across the state of Maine to connect people with books, communities with ideas, and strangers with one another as they seek to answer some of the same questions.


Funding for humanities programs and projects

Our grants support projects with well-developed humanities content, strong participation from a scholar or topic expert, robust support from partners in the community, and plans to reach a broad and diverse public audience.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Nov 22, 2022
Over $4,000 supporting FIve projects across maineMechanics’ HallParticipatory Arts at…
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Sep 14, 2022
Over $14,000 supporting eight projects across maineMaine Multicultural CenterBangor$1,000Saco School…
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Sep 12, 2022
MWPA is partnering on MHC’s statewide community readStarting this year,…
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Sep 12, 2022
Colin Woodard chosen as recommending author for Read ME 2023Colin…
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