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. Most recently updated information below in bold as of 7.27.20.

***Kansas Museums Association Annual Conference Announcement – Conference Goes Digital***

  • The Board and staff of KMA are pleased to announce that the 2020 KMA Conference will be held in an online format November 4-6 to ensure the safety of our members and expand participation opportunities.  Click here to read the full announcement.

Resources for Museums

Reopening Information

Cleaning and Disinfecting:




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]

  • AASLH Webinar sponsored by National Trust Insurance Services: Insurance Best Practices – Wednesday, April 29 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central

Grants for Museums and Individuals:

  • Funding for virtual programs – National Council on Public History (NCPH):  Deadline for larger projects is August 1, but smaller projects will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the end of the year. Click here for information.
  • The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) SOS Grants: The Short-term Operational Support (SOS) program provides immediate one-time grants to arts non-profit organizations facing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control as determined by State and Federal governments. Funds are intended to be used for staff retention and ongoing facility expenses in the creative arts sector in Kansas. In 2020, this program will be open due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications accepted May 4-15, 2020.  Click here for guidelines and eligibility.
  • Humanities Kansas CARES Act Relief: Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are intended to be used for emergency general operating support and staff retention in the humanities and cultural nonprofit sector. The application portal opens May 13, 2020.  Click here for guidelines and eligibility.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities NEH CARES – emergency relief for cultural institutions; prioritizes retaining or hiring staff.  Applications due May 11.
  • Kansas Health Foundation offers $2 million in grants to nonprofits for “mission aligned” projects – perhaps oral histories or health exhibits? Applications accepted now until August 31 or until the funds are awarded.
  • Humanities Kansas 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
  • Society of American Archivists Foundation is offering up to $1000 grants to individuals affected via their Archival Workers Emergency Fund.   Applications will open on April 15 at 3:00 pm.

Other Information and Articles:

  • Connected to Culture: Google Arts and Culture’s Digital Toolkit built to help organizations continue their cultural programs online.
  • 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:
    • 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)