Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Since 1972, KHC has been a partner and advocate for the cultural life of the state.

Democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens, and the humanities provide a way to gain both. Healthy communities depend on the humanities to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints about historical and contemporary topics, opportunities to deepen understanding of our shared heritage, and encouragement for innovation in civic life.

To meet these needs, KHC 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. KHC is the only organization dedicated to creating, supporting, and promoting the humanities as a resource for all Kansans.

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KHC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Individual and corporate contributions, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the State of Kansas supports our work. Become a Friend of the Humanities and join us.


Calling all poets and poets-to-be with Kansas roots for HomeWords,  a weekly poetry column, edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley,  to be published in newspapers across this great state. Read more…

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Grant Supports Hometown Teams

Hometown Teams_Title Treatment_color_FNLKHC is kicking off a Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America statewide initiative in 2015 thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. Anchored by a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition of the same name, Hometown Teams promotes healthy behaviors through exhibitions and public programs about sports and fitness activities. The exhibition will visit six locations from January through November 2015, with an additional 16 partner sites participating in programs and activities to extend the conversation on sports and fitness to a total of 22 communities.

Using the popular topic of sports and engaging local and national exhibitions as a gateway, Hometown Teams encourages Kansans to get moving through eight “Minute for Movement” activity stations in the Smithsonian exhibition, and fitness and walking activities in all 22 communities.

Click here to read the full press release. Contact Tracy Quillin, associate director, at tracy(at)kansashumanities.org or (785) 357-0359 with any questions.