Four Community Stories to Become Short Films

Turning Points: Stories of ChangeKHC is partnering with four Kansas community organizations to produce a series of 5-minute Turning Points short films. Each short film will explore a pivotal moment in the history of a community. The project is supported by a generous grant from Suzi Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner.

The four Turning Points short film projects are:

“The Art of Change”
Hays Public Library

The idea for the Hays Arts Council was born nearly 50 years ago over a cup of coffee. Since then, the arts and humanities have been incorporated into the civic life of Hays, providing the abundant power of culture in community collaboration and civic engagement. Luci Bain, project director.

“Navigating Rough Waters”
Kinsley Library

Kinsley repeatedly faced evacuation, damage, and stagnated development because of high water from the Arkansas River and two creeks. To solve the problem, Kinsley’s leaders found themselves navigating citizens who would come together during a disaster, but were divided when it came for finding solutions. Joan Weaver, project director.

“New Hope in the Heartland”
The Seed House — Casa de la Semilla, Wichita & Ulysses

As many rural communities struggle with the negative effects of depopulation, immigrants from Latin American and Southeast Asia are sparking a renaissance of entrepreneurs and renewed cultural vitality in Ulysses. Armando Minjarez, project director.

“Signs for a Culture”
Deaf Cultural Center, Olathe

When a new highway sign directed travelers to the Kansas School for the Deaf, it brought parents and students, but also curious travelers, researchers, and others interested in learning more about Deaf culture. The need for community outreach led to the establishment of the Deaf Cultural Center to educate the general public about the various types of hearing loss and to preserve and share the rich heritage of this community. Julie Theel and Sandra Kelly, project directors.

Public film premieres and discussions will be held at the conclusion of the project. Follow KHC on Facebook and Twitter for updates.