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Stories of community turning points sought for film initiative


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Humanities Council has invited museums, historical societies, public libraries, and other Kansas nonprofit civic and cultural organizations to apply for a special short-film initiative, "Turning Points: Stories of Change."

KHC will partner with four organizations to develop 5-minute short films that explore a significant moment of change in each of their communities. The deadline for applications is July 31. This project is supported by a gift from Suzi Miner in memory of Kansas historian Craig Miner.

Applicants are encouraged to think of it as an idea, event, action or moment in time that directly caused decisive change in their community. This change can be social, cultural or economic, but one that significantly affected a community's way of thinking or doing.

"KHC is grateful for the gift from Suzi Miner as part of KHC's 40th anniversary," said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. "The 'Turning Points' initiative will give Kansas communities an opportunity to examine the circumstances and impact of change, come to a better understanding of the ways in which their own community adapts, and then, hopefully, integrates these stories into future planning."

Each organization's film will stand alone, but all four of the Turning Points stories also will be compiled into a longer film and premiered locally at each of the partner locations. Filmmaking experience is not required; KHC will provide professional filmmakers to do the production design, location shooting, and post-production. Organizations selected can expect opportunities to meet and share inspiring stories, develop new community partnerships and tell their community's story within a larger state initiative.

For more, visit www.kansashumanities.org or call (785) 357-0359.