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.

  • Click here to see a map highlighting KHC activities
  • Click here for a two-page summary of KHC’s strategic plan and fiscal year 2013 data
  • Click here for a copy of KHC’s entire strategic plan

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…




KHC is looking for fun and creative photos that capture the spirit of the humanities in Kansas in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month. Between October 1 and October 31, 2014, post a selfie taken at a KHC-sponsored event on Instagram and your photo could be featured in an upcoming KHC newsletter.

Here’s How it Works

1. Follow @kshumanities on Instagram.
2. Attend a KHC-sponsored event between October 1 and October 31, 2014. Find a full list of events  here.
3. Snap a selfie at the event with your Smartphone and upload it to Instagram.
4. Include the hashtag #humanitiesselfie in the caption field and tell us where you are and what event you are attending.
5. Don’t forget to mention @kshumanities in the caption field too.

Don’t have an Instagram account? Simply send your selfie and information to Tracy Quillin, director of communications, at tracy(at)kansashumanities.org and we’ll take care of the rest.