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Grassroots Art Center Receives Humanities Kansas SHARP Recovery Grant

Grassroots Art Center
Grassroots Art Center

Humanities Kansas recently awarded a SHARP Recovery Grant in the amount of $5,425 to the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Rosslyn Schultz serves as project director.

The SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are for general operating support, staff retention and needed digital and/or operational transitions for cultural work in the post-pandemic era. Humanities Kansas awarded 121 SHARP grants statewide.

Funds will be used for art center staff to enter accession information into a digital format for art donated to the permanent collection. For a quarter of a century, the Lucas Arts and Humanities Council, Inc. and the Grassroots Art Center has educated, documented, preserved and exhibited the works of Kansas visionary artists and out-of-state yard art environments. The museum manages seven sites in Lucas – a multi-building art center, an educational post rock limestone courtyard, the Bowl Plaza attraction and public restroom facility, American Fork Art Park, local outsider artist's Florence Deeble's Rock Garden, and Mri-Pilar's interior installation The Garden of Isis and downtown Pole Art.

"Humanities Kansas is honored to be able to support Kansas cultural organizations as we recover from the impact of COVID," said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas Executive Director. "This past year has demonstrated that Kansans lean into the humanities during challenging times. Kansas cultural organizations that do work in the humanities provide important social connections and contribute to the economic well-being and strength of our communities."

Funds have been made available through the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 approved by the US Congress and signed into law by President Joseph Biden.

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, HK's pioneering programming, grants and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with statewide partners and supporters, HK inspires all Kansans to draw on diverse histories, literatures and cultures to enrich their lives and to serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.

(Information courtesy Lori Brack, Grassroots Art Center.)