Wyoming Humanities is about bringing together a network of individuals and organizations to complete projects that help our state explore Wyoming and the human experience.

This is done by creating programs and investing in grants to the hundreds of non-profit organizations that comprise Wyoming’s creative and cultural sector and by creating customized programs to the needs of each community.

We’ve got a new strategic plan and vision coming this spring, stay tuned!

Our Strategic Plan

Supporting the creative and cultural economy

Our Mission

Inviting Wyoming to explore the ideas and stories that shape us.

Our Vision

Wyoming Humanities realizes the inherent power and equality of Wyoming citizens. We do this by empowering communities and individuals to cultivate and share diverse narratives to honor differences and explore common ground.

Our Purpose

A five-decade affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities enables us to improve the quality of life in Wyoming through public programs in the humanities.

Strategic Overview

Leading Wyoming's Cultural Infrastructure

  • Be the primary point of contact for humanities and cultural projects
  • Build capacity in other organizations through our humanities project expertise
  • Become the recognized leader in advocating for a unified “Creative Economy” with greater investment from the State

Sparking Synergy Within and Between Communities

  • Create new connections within and between communities
  • Increase interdisciplinary programming (2 disciplines interacting together directly)
  • Increase statewide interest in humanities/cultural programs

Developing Organizational Sustainability

  • Strengthen operational capacity
  • Enhance WYH stature and funding with the State of Wyoming
  • Achieve Legacy Fund goal
  • Create a succession strategy for leadership

Wyoming Humanities is the state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an independent 501(c)3 non-profit governed by a board of private citizens who believe the humanities can help us better understand the issues of our times. Founded in 1970 in response to the National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson, we are one of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Wyoming was one of the first states to implement this independent nonprofit model to provide public humanities programs for our citizens.

Wyoming Humanities is one of 56 independent, nonprofit organizations that serve as state partners in the Federal/State Partnership program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a program mandated by Congress and funded through the NEH. WYH is also a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Values in Action

All that we do can be clearly tied to a set of ideals that have guided our direction for five decades. They define our impact and are the building blocks of our organizational DNA. These are our core values in action.


2 PROMOTING CIVICS AND DEMOCRACY to strengthen our democracy

3 RAISING CULTURAL AWARENESS to expand the Wyoming Narrative

4 ENGAGING COMMUNITIES to improve our quality of life

5 ENHANCING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY to support economic growth


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Our Board

The Wyoming Humanities Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for our nonprofit, including governance and financial oversight of the organization. Directors take an active role insetting policy, advocating for our funding at the federal and state level, raising private funding, and advising on program directions. They are a group of professionally, geographically, and culturally diverse Wyomingites who come together through their passion for improving the quality of life in our state.

Wyoming Humanities can have up to 20 directors, five of which are appointed by the governor. Directors serve three-year terms, renewable one time, and attend three or four meetings annually held both online and at various locations around the state. They attend events in their communities and serve as ambassadors for the organization in many ways. They are committed to advancing the mission of Wyoming Humanities through their gifts of time, wisdom, and funding.

Dr. Maggi Maier Murdock

Chair / Chair of Grants Committee

Casper, WY

Liisa Anselmi Dalton


Rock Springs, WY

Stacy Stebner


Lander, WY

Robert Mason


Cody, WY

Chad Banks

Rock Springs, WY

Sheila Bush

Cheyenne, WY

Crystal C'Bearing

Riverton, WY

Kari Cooper

Jackson, WY

Diana Enzi

Gillette, WY

Dr. Scott Henkel, Ex Officio

Laramie, WY

Jeremy Johnston

Powell, WY

Wendy Martinez

Jackson, WY

Dr. Ben Moritz, Ex Officio

Laramie, WY

Scotty Ratliff

Riverton, WY

Frederick Schmechel

Laramie, WY

Milward Simpson

Cheyenne, WY

Lisa Steele

Jackson, WY

Dave Wills

Sheridan, WY