Health Humanities and Arts Research

The Commons works with researchers across disciplines to build collaborations. With partners across departments and with KU Medical Center, The Commons launched the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative in Summer 2020.

The Collaborative is based out of The Commons, directed by Emily Ryan ( The initiative is a collaboration by Tamara Falicov, Associate Dean for Research, Arts and Humanities, College Dean’s office; Katie Rhine, Geography & Atmospheric Science and African & African-American Studies; and Teri Kennedy, Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research, KU School of Nursing, KU Medical Center.


  • Create connections across professionals and among researchers around affinities within the realm of health and wellness;
  • Connect researchers to funding opportunities around health and wellness; and
  • Offer a platform for collaboration around existing and emerging health-related challenges.


This collaborative meets as a large group once per month, and smaller topic-specific discussions meet more regularly.
If you would like more information or to attend a meeting, please email Emily Ryan, Director of The Commons, at

Discussion, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Meeting
11:00-11:45am CT Thursday, November 18, 2021 Online

HHARC Collaborative Seed Grants offer up to $3,500 toward support for launching research at the intersection of health, arts/humanities, and community partnership.

Learn about the goals for this Seed Grant funding initiative. Bring questions to learn more about how to apply.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:
Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff


In the News:

Making Connections in a Pandemic: Honors Students Help Launch the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, September 15, 2020, University Honors Program Newsletter


Previous Meetings:


Info Share: Seed Grant Opportunity


April 6, 2021

Info Share: Procuring Arts Funding from Agencies & Foundations with Sarah Bishop, Coneflower Consulting


March 5, 2021



October 16, 2020


September 17, 2020


August 11, 2020


July 16, 2020


June 12, 2020