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Posted on: October 23, 2014

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces $40,000 in grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that it has awarded $40,580 in grants to 11 organizations. The grants were awarded through the Strategic Investment and Arts Integration programs. KCAIC programs are designed to promote partnerships, enhance community and economic development, encourage risk and innovation, maximize statewide impact and highlight the role the arts play in all areas of community life. Grantees are selected by the KCAIC through an application and review process.

The Arts Integration Program (AIP) grants support the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service and workforce development. This program provides funding for educational institutions, arts organizations and community service non-profits to use the arts to increase student success, foster creative thinking, develop critical job skills and enhance community development.

The Strategic Investment Program (SIP) recognizes the important role individual artists and creative organizations play in building and sustaining cultural and economic vibrancy in Kansas. By funding a variety of professional and organizational development opportunities that impact cultural programming, these grants support initiatives that use the arts to enhance community vitality, revitalize neighborhoods, generate local business, create and preserve job opportunities and impact tourism.

To learn more about KCAIC programs, please visit

A list of grant awards follows.

Arts Integration Program

Brown Grand Theatre, $3,250
The Brown Grand Theatre will create a program to bring diverse classical performers to north central Kansas by offering graduate music students and faculty in the state the opportunity to perform and lecture at the Brown Grand Theatre for the public, a local nursing home for residents and Cloud County Community College for students.

Kinsley Library Board, $2,759
Through community partnerships including the Edwards County Historical Society and USD 347, the Kinsley Public Library will involve youth and adults in a community-wide discussion of the Dust Bowl Era and current water issues as they affect future development of western Kansas through integrated arts programs involving history, humanities and a five day residency with visiting artist Thad Beach.

Western Plains Arts Association, $1,046
The Western Plains Art Association will engage visiting artist Jeff Davidson in a series of interactive Kansas Day musical and visual presentations that integrate Kansas history and Western art for citizens of St. Francis and Rawlins County and students in the Rawlins County school district.

Opera Kansas, $2,000
Opera Kansas will present an educational initiative and opera performance based on the Underground Railroad for elementary school students during Black History Month. The performance will integrate history, civics and geography curriculum.

Salina Community Theatre, $5,000
The Salina Community Theatre, in partnership with Salina Regional Health Center and St. Francis Community Services, will create a drama therapy program for foster children aged five to 12, seniors with dementia or pre-Alzheimer’s disease and children with autism.

Emporia State University, $5,000
Emporia State University, in partnership with the Cancer Care Center, will design and implement art therapy and arts-based therapeutic workshops for medical populations in Emporia and surrounding rural communities to serve rural Kansans undergoing medical treatment, their caregivers and medical personnel.

The Lawrence Arts Center, $5,000
The Lawrence Arts Center will create ArtSpace Springboard Camp for students in first through fifth grades. This program will provide students with the opportunity increase their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as the visual and performing arts by providing a fully integrated curriculum that meets National Core Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice. Arts and Science faculty will work together to develop and team-teach STEAM curriculum and design student learning survey instruments based on the national standards for each grade level.

Strategic Investment Program

Wichita Symphony Orchestra, $5,000
The Wichita Symphony will develop a regional marketing strategy to expand audiences centered around a unique performance of “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,” a semi-staged, one-act opera by Hungarian composer Belá Bartok, with renowned operatic bass and WSU alumnus Samuel Ramey and sets designed by internationally renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly.

Music Theatre Wichita, $4,525
In accordance with its organizational marketing plan, Music Theatre Wichita will enhance its promotional and archival video capabilities, allowing for the creation of promotional materials in-house, added services and a re-direction of staff time.

Hutchinson Theatre Guild Inc., $2,000
Hutchinson Theatre Guild will enact an energy-efficiency plan designed to redirect reduced operational costs towards increased programming.

McPherson Opera House Company, $5,000
The McPherson Opera House will enhance the quality and variety of its programming and increase energy efficiency by replacing current PAR lighting with theatrical LED lighting, and replacing outdated video equipment to allow for high definition projection.

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