Coronavirus Resources for Museums

Coronavirus Resources for Museums – Updated Regularly

We will be sharing resources and information from the museum field as we come across them; this page will be updated regularly with new items as they become available.  Since information is changing daily and sometimes hourly, it is important to note the posting and update days and times for these resources.  Recommendations that worked a week ago may not work now.  Be sure to consult reputable news organizations and your own city/county guidelines and updates.  Newest postings will be at the top.

Do you have a resource you have created or come across that you would like to pass on to colleagues?  Please send it to Jamin and she will share as time allows.

Resources for Museums

Webinars: [note: many webinars are offering recorded versions or transcripts, so be sure to check the link for other options if you cannot make the scheduled time]

Other Information:

  • Humanities Kansas and its partners, including KMA, have opened a 10 minute survey for Kansas museums and cultural organizations to help gauge the impact of the conronavirus pandemic on our sector and be ready with resources and aid.  Click here to take the survey.
  • The federal stimulus package, as passed by the Senate last night, includes $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, and $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Read more here.AA
  • AASLH is now allowing members and nonmembers access to Affinity Community Forums, where history practitioners can ask questions, share advice, and stay up-to-date with their peers in a specific area of interest or professional practice.  Click here to find out how to join.
  • Humanities Kansas Resources:
    • HK is offering quick grants of $500 or $1000 for cultural organizations to use in support of the development of outreach and digital programs. Deadline: April 10
    • Dial-a-TALK: You can speak with a TALK book discussion leader over the phone (or Skype, Zoom, or Facetime) about one of the books in the TALK catalog. Events must be completed by April 30.
    • Dial-a-Speaker: coming soon!  Check the website for more information.
    • Movement of Ideas Kit: Be a story chaser from your own home!
  • Coronavirus Preparedness Community Document – Cuseum – Wonder what other museums are doing to combat the virus?  See this Google sheet and tabs at the bottom for questions, resources, engagement ideas, membership extensions, etc.(note: once again, these entries are not time and date stamped; the precautions that museums listed may no longer be viable)
  • AAM is campaigning to make sure museums and nonprofits are included in any COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus packages.  Find out more and take action here.
  • Archivists at Home – Brainstorming/Advocacy Document by SAA’s Accessibility & Disability Section

Museums in Kansas:

  • Humanities Kansas is offering Movement of Ideas kits, which are daily curated collections of humanities activities that you can do at home to connect you with others and spark conversations. Be a Story Chaser and tell us about your experiences social distancing. Have a mini film festival with HK’s short films.
  • Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence – The Watkins is using their website and social media to host Terrific Tuesdays (fun for kids), Thoughtful Thursdays (links to local and online resources), and Fun Fact Fridays (cool artifacts and stories from the Watkins).

Is your museum leveraging online content or social media for special interactive programming during the pandemic?  Contact us and we will add you to the list (Kansas museums only)