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National Humanities Alliance Foundation names Willson Center a national model for building humanities communities

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
University of Georgia

18 May 2015

The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia has been profiled as a national model for fostering successful humanities communities as part of a new initiative by the National Humanities Alliance Foundation.

The Willson Center was selected to be the first organization profiled for the initiative after representatives of the NHAF visited UGA for the dedication of the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in April. The Willson Center-together with Georgia Humanities, the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities-will lead the working group for the state of Georgia, the first launched under the initiative.

"The humanities are flourishing at the University of Georgia, with the Willson Center paving the way toward the future," UGA President Jere W. Morehead said. "I am pleased that this pioneering academic center is being recognized as a national model for collaboration by the National Humanities Alliance Foundation."

The Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact Initiative is a national project supported by the Whiting Foundation—which issues grants to develop and refine programs to serve the humanities and literature—that "aims to strengthen and expand support for the humanities by showcasing the impact that humanities organizations achieve at the local level," according to the NHAF.

The NHAF will facilitate the organization of a working group in a selected community in each state to develop agendas and work with participating local organizations and individuals. These groups will coordinate on a national level to identify and disseminate best practices for the cultivation of resilient and energized humanities communities.

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