The HRAH Council is grateful for the hard work of community members past and present who contribute to the legacy and charm of our home in the Heartland. In 2018, regional neighbors from arts and cultural communities came together to identify shared experiences and goals which continue to inform regional arts and cultural work today. Leaders and supporters of arts and culture came together in a phrase that says it all: 

“Our hearts are in the arts.”

Sharing our hearts through stories and media arts requires access to digital skills and tools. The Foxtrot and other HRAH programs support increasing online and digital equity for all.

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Hutchinson-Reno County Arts & Humanities Council (HRAH)

In recent years, community members have been working hard to energize the Hutchinson-Reno County Arts & Humanities Council (HRAH). Their efforts have positioned the council to receive support and resources from the Hutchinson Recreation Commission (Hutch Rec) and in turn, provide support for arts and culture through projects like the Foxtrot, Music on Main, and more. The HRAH Council sees a vision to unite and celebrate our diverse community around its heritage, arts, and culture. Hurrah!

Hutch Rec supports healthy living and community spirit with lifelong wellness, cultural, natural, and recreational opportunities that promote healthy minds and bodies through innovative programs, state-of- the-art facilities, and protected open spaces.

Together, HRAH and Hutch Rec take a closer look at arts and culture in our region – from recreational creative experiences for youth and community, all the way to industry development that identifies and promotes the economic and cultural impact of the arts, entertainment, and tourism.

YOUR HRAH-STORY

In 2018, members of local communities identified public objectives relating to our arts and humanities. Residents of Reno County, friends, neighbors, arts and cultural workers and supporters, now work together through regular meetups and events to continue achieving and expanding upon these important objectives.

 

In 2019, When the Council and Hutch Rec teamed up to take a closer look at arts and humanities in our region informed by the 2018 community objectives, local relationships strengthened and important information was collected. We asked questions like…

 

What are the arts?

What do the arts mean to you?

What are the humanities?

What is arts education?

What is public arts experience?

How do the arts contribute to quality of life and well-being?

What are the creative industries?

What does it mean to work in the arts and humanities?

What are the ways we represent the value and impact of that work?

In what ways are the arts a part of entertainment and tourism?

How do the arts interact with economic development and cultural health?

 

We also…

  • Captured music, photos, and stories from local pillars of heritage like the local farmers markets and Emancipation Day festivities,
  • Looked for the ways our creative communities had shared and unique experiences, struggles, and successes,
  • Gathered with recipients of the Cultural Arts Fund, a program that provides stability to local legacy arts and cultural groups like the Municipal Band, Stage9, the Reno Chorale Society, and more,
  • and worked together to identify the programs and projects that our arts and cultural communities depend on – and got to know the people who started them, and those who have kept them going and growing.
  • HRAH and Hutch Rec “pooled” administrative resources and systems around these creative, important programs and projects. Learn more and get involved by visiting the Heartland Arts & Culture Collective resources page.

    A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

    By leaning into shared action with our local, regional, and state peers, like the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and Radio Kansas, we can create new ways to strengthen networks and share information and resources – and in doing so, celebrate regional arts, entertainment, and cultural experiences. Through support from our partners and community members, the Foxtrot and its programs equip and empower locals in the creation and sharing of their own unique stories.

     

    The Foxtrot answers a public objectives identified by our arts and humanities neighbors, friends, and communities,“To revitalize empty spaces, and house centralized, accessible, diverse arts and cultural experiences and resources.”

     

    Support from the KCAIC “Reimagined Spaces,” program launches the Foxtrot into the infinitely expanding vision, “to see the Heartland connected equitably to, and amplified within, a global network of media arts resource and exchange.”

    We’re here for you, “from the prairie to the stars.”