KHC Awards Ten Grants

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $69,991.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to ten Kansas organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $118,850.00.

Do Good Productions, Leawood ($10,000)
“Archiver Podcast”
A nine-episode podcast series that connects Kansans with key moments in history through historical audiotapes straight from the archives. Sam Zeff, project director.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Lawrence ($8,000)
“Strength in Numbers: Continuing the Interpretation of Quindaro”
A public symposium honoring the legacy of the historic Quindaro town site and recent developments in the effort to create a National Historic Landmark. Elizabeth Hobson, project director.

Kansas Oral History Project, Topeka ($3,500)
“Legislative Legacy”
An oral history project to interview legislators who served in the Kansas Legislature between 1960-1980 and document the stories behind key policy issues. Joan Wagnon, project director.

Lecompton Historical Society ($3,500)
“Lecompton School Memorabilia Inventory”
A project to preserve the photographs, trophies, certificates, letter jackets, and other items related to Lecompton schools before consolidation in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lynn Ward, project director.

Lucas Arts & Humanities Council ($3,491)
“Digitizing Kansas Grassroots Arts Environments Videos”
A project to digitize video footage of 30 grassroots artists and their art environments. Jeannie Stramel, project director.

Sociedad Hidalgo, Inc., Shawnee ($5,000)
“Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City”
A series of five Latin American films followed by bilingual discussions in Spanish and English. Gloria Bessenbacher, project director.

Ulrich Museum, Wichita ($7,500)
“looking at the overlooked”
As part of Wichita’s citywide initiative “Candid Conversations: A Discussion of Race in Wichita,” this project invites speakers and artists to examine material culture and representation within the context of race and suppression. Jana Durfee, project director.

University of Kansas, Lawrence ($7,500)
“Black Love: A Symposium”
A weeklong celebration of the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937), through an exploration of African American art, literature, and culture. Ayesha Hardison, project director.

Wellington Public Library ($3,500)
“Digitizing, Preserving, and Making Fragile Records Available for Reading and Research”
A project to preserve historical documents from Sumner County, including the materials of the Prentiss Club, an early 20th century group created for the specific purpose of building the library. Lisa Vargas, project director.

Wichita State University ($10,000)
“Coin(ando) Wichita”
This series of public events will explore the cultural and culinary traditions of Hispanic communities in Wichita. Rocio Del Aguila, project director.

The next grant deadline for Humanities and Heritage grants is September 21, 2017.