“[Humanities Kansas] programs are awesome and a real benefit to rural Kansas. You make our community more vibrant and connected.”
Program ParticipantMadison Public Library, Madison, KS
Humanities Kansas connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.
Since 1972, HK has been a partner and advocate for the cultural life of the state.To meet these needs, HK makes available free humanities resources for community use. These include grant opportunities to create cultural events or preserve local historical artifacts and programs, including speakers on history topics, facilitators for book discussions, poet laureate presentations, and additional one-of-a-kind opportunities. HK is the only organization dedicated to creating, supporting, and promoting the humanities as a resource for all Kansans.
In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.
Throughout November, councils hosted a variety of Pulitzer Prizes Campfires from book fairs to conferences to nature hikes coupled with literature that brought participants together in discussion and community. In addition, councils continued to host presentations, exhibits, book discussions, and writing workshops featuring Pulitzer Prize winners and works.
More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.
Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.
Through the use of documentary films, councils across the country are reaching new audiences and sharing previously untold stories of our nation in ways that challenge our understanding of history while promoting community engagement.