Special Announcement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Program Resources

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Program Resources

For questions about Humanities for All and Culture Preservation grants, contact Leslie VonHolten: lvh@humanitiekansas.org.

For questions about Speakers Bureau, TALK, or Poet Laureate, contact Abigail Kaup: abigail@humanitieskansas.org

2021 Kansas Arts & Cultural Survey

Your input is needed! As we approach the one year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic, Humanities Kansas and its partners are working to measure the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on our state’s arts and cultural organizations.

This survey was designed to be used by our state’s flourishing and important arts and culture infrastructure, including museums, historical societies, art centers, libraries, and other organizations as well as individual artists and humanities scholars.

Please take 10 minutes to answer the questions below. Your responses will help us understand what you’re facing today – economic or otherwise – and will guide future resource and programming directions. Whether you are a first time respondent or you took the March 2020 survey, we want to hear from you. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, January 19. Thank you for your time!

Take the  2021 Survey

Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Kansas Arts & Cultural Survey. 

Read the 2020 Survey Findings


Rapid Remedies

HK announces a new resource to help cultural non-profits connect with their communities. The Rapid Remedies white paper is designed to assist cultural non-profits in their continued efforts to quickly and affordably create engaging online stories that fulfill their unique missions. Rapid Remedies includes project models, examples of digital projects from Kansas cultural nonprofits, and tools for creating your own digital projects. Rapid Remedies was written by Sarah Bishop of Coneflower Consulting.

Download Rapid Remedies

Cares Act Relief Grants

Humanities Kansas awarded 83 CARES Act Relief grants to Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period was May 13 - June 14, 2020.

CARES Act Recipients

HK Program Resources

In order to provide humanities content during a time when in person meetings are complicated, HK is providing the following resources to Kansans:

All Speakers Bureau, TALK book discussions, and Poet Laureate of Kansas presentations are available as virtual programs. 

  • Dial-a-TALK: You can speak with a TALK book discussion leader over the phone (or Skype, Zoom, or Facetime) about one of the books in the TALK catalog. 
  • Dial-a-Speaker
    You can Dial-a-Speaker to  participate in a condensed mini-presentation about Kansas history. Let’s stay connected with one another and with good ideas. 
  • Movement of Ideas Kits 
    Daily curated collections of humanities activities that you can do at home to connect you with others and spark conversations. Be a Story Chaser and tell us about your experiences social distancing. Have a mini film festival with HK’s short films. 

HK Programs & Public Safety

Humanities Kansas believes that public health and safety are top priorities. The contagious nature of COVID-19 should be a consideration by local organizations when deciding whether or not to proceed with holding an in-person event. Please note that organizations with upcoming Humanities Kansas-related grants events, Speakers Bureau or Poet Laureate presentations, as well as TALK book discussions can reschedule or cancel events. Humanities Kansas will support decisions made by the event sponsors and presenters.

Any event with an anticipated attendance of 45 people or more should be cancelled immediately. Phase 3 of Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas began on June 8 and on June 22, Governor Kelly recommended Kansas remain in Phase 3 until further notice. Phase 3 does not recommend gatherings of more than 45 people. Learn more at KDHE's COVID-19 Resource Center. 

If your organization postpones or cancels any Humanities Kansas-related events, please notify Humanities Kansas immediately so that we can review the process, answer your questions, and update our records and calendars. Review HK's Checklist for Event Organizers. 

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