Community During COVID-19

Hello Friends,

During this unprecedented time in our lives, my first thought is for the health and well-being of you and your family. At Humanities Tennessee, our team has been working from home since the tornadoes earlier this month. Everyone is healthy and safe, and our team hopes the same is true for you and those you love.

As much of middle Tennessee was reeling from the trauma of that natural disaster, the entire state – as well as our nation’s and globe’s population – found ourselves in the midst of a public health crisis caused by concern over the worldwide of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

While many of our programs, and those of our partners, have been postponed – and several have been canceled – we realize that the need for connection is stronger now than ever before. We recognize that individuals and communities are struggling, financially and with basic needs. And we appreciate each of you across Tennessee who are working so hard to help, especially our first responders, healthcare workers, those keeping our grocery shelves stocked, and the thousands working to provide economic and food security. We thank you! (Visit TN Dept. of Health for resource information and updates.)

I invite our program partners to stay in touch with us to discuss the challenges or needs you may be experiencing at this time due to the need to close non-essential businesses.

As we all navigate our new daily lives in a virtual world, this is a time when stories can connect us in meaningful ways.

  • How are you and your family navigating social distancing?
  • What books or music have you turned to in recent days?
  • What is one of your favorite Tennessee stories?

I hope you’ll share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Let’s stay connected in the coming weeks with our stories, our experiences, and the conversations we can still have during this time.

In the meantime, our staff are planning programs for the summer and fall as well as working on longstanding programming. We are working on the current year’s general grant round, and you will always find engaging literary content on, as we continue to publish new content regularly.

We’ve also curated a list of additional resources and plan to add to it continually. So please share your suggestions.

I wish you all will remain healthy, safe, and connected! Until we can see you again, hopefully soon —

Warmest Regards,
Tim Henderson
Executive Director
Humanities Tennessee