Spotlighting Community Storytellers

Updated: May 21

A Kansas Literacy Festival Partner Spotlight:

Salina Arts & Humanities features Salina residents’ life stories

In the months leading up to our Kansas Literacy Festival this September, Storytime Village is excited to spotlight the incredibly talented individuals and organizations who have partnered with us to host literacy programming across the state of Kansas.

This spotlight features Salina Arts & Humanities and their project engaging community storytellers in Salina.

The Inspiration Behind the Project

When the pandemic forced schools into online learning, Salina Arts & Humanities realized they needed to plan their Kansas Literacy Festival project accordingly. A department of the City of Salina, Salina Arts & Humanities strives to make arts and culture more accessible to all Salina residents through their programs. Most of their literacy programs typically engage with students and teachers in schools. However, as they entered the planning phase for their project, the pandemic had made schools less accessible.

“This led us to an exploration of community storytelling, and a chance to engage with the public in ways that we have not previously programmed,” said Arts Education Coordinator Anna Pauscher Morawitz.

In addition, Salina Arts & Humanities also aimed to strengthen their community’s literacy and social-emotional growth by incorporating listening, discussion, and readin