Public Health and Safety Concerns with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Georgia Humanities Remains Dedicated to Supporting Program Partners

Updated June 12, 2020

Fostering public programs that bring people together and facilitate meaningful connections—to ourselves, to each other, and to the world around us—is the core of what Georgia Humanities strives to do. Our top priority has been and will always remain public health and safety.

Georgia Humanities is committed to working with our program partners to reschedule or cancel events due to public health concerns.

The staff of Georgia Humanities have transitioned to teleworking, and will continue to work remotely through June 30.

Impact of CARES Act Funding

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, will go directly to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to support local cultural nonprofits and educational programming.

Georgia Humanities accepted applications for CARES Act Emergency Operating Grants for nonprofit organizations offering humanities programming to Georgians. The intent behind this funding is to get relief to organizations quickly in order to meet urgent financial needs. View the list of CARES Act Emergency Operating Grant Recipients here.

Impacts to the Grants Program

As an organization that recognizes the value of partnerships, we believe our programming partners should feel empowered to make event decisions that best meet the needs of their organizations, local communities, and public audience(s).

  • Current GH grantees will not forfeit their grant award if they choose to postpone or cancel grant-funded public events due to public health concerns. Organizations that postpone or cancel due to public health concerns will receive the same support that was initially provided by Georgia Humanities, once the COVID-19 outbreak is stabilized.
  • Georgia Humanities expects all organizations to provide updates regarding postponements and cancellations to GH program staff so that we are able to update our records and oversee scheduling efforts for make-up events.

Impacts to National History Day Georgia

In partnership with LaGrange College, Georgia Humanities converted the National History Day Georgia State Contest to a virtual contest conducted through digital submissions. The virtual award ceremony was held on May 7, 2020. Access the list of award recipients here.

Impacts to Crossroads: Change in Rural America

Out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety, the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, and its accompanying public programs, are closed in Georgia until further notice. Our program partners in Blue Ridge are closely monitoring the situation, and more information on the exhibition’s reopening will be provided, as it is made available. Please check regularly for updates.

Staff Contacts for Questions or Concerns

Georgia Humanities is dedicated to supporting our program partners. We appreciate your patience as we navigate issues that may arise, and we thank our program partners for their support and efforts to ensure public health and safety.

  • For grants, communications, or Museum on Main Street, contact Nicole Fote at nfote[@]
  • For National History Day Georgia, contact Jess Burke at jburke[@]
  • For the New Georgia Encyclopedia, contact Stephanie Devine at sdevine[@]

We continue to monitor the ongoing development of the virus in our state and will provide updates to this information as it is available. For more resources on COVID-19, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

For additional resources on the ways that both arts and cultural organizations can respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations and operations, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and ArtsReady have prepared guides for best practices and considerations.

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