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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Program Resources

As of May 18, 2020, no new requests will be funded for in-person events taking place through August 2, 2020. 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

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 82 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

Kansas Arts & Cultural Survey

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

Read the Survey Findings

This survey was designed to be used by museums, historical societies, art centers, libraries, and other organizations that are critical to our state’s flourishing and important arts and culture infrastructure. Your responses will help us understand what you’re facing today – economic or otherwise – and will guide future resource and programming directions.

HK Program Resources

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

Your input is needed. 

  • New Quick Grants: $500 or $1000 grants for cultural organizations to use in support of the development of outreach and digital programs. Deadline: August 1
  • 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. Events must be completed by April 30.
  • 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. Events must be completed by April 30.
  • 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, especially with older audiences, should be a consideration by local organizations when deciding whether or not to proceed with holding an 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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