This year, arts supporters in Kansas may direct all or part of their state income tax refund to support the arts. Individuals who will receive a refund will have an “Arts Checkoff” option to donate a portion of the refund to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). The Kansas Department of Revenue will send the designated amount of the refund to the KCAIC.
All funds that the KCAIC receives through the “Arts Checkoff” will directly fund grant programs in Kansas. The KCAIC offers several programs that support artists and organizations in communities across the state. Programs include the Creative Economy Project Support, the Strategic Investment Program and the Arts Integration Program.
The KCAIC has awarded more than $460,000 in grants to arts organizations in Kansas. Examples of past grant awards include:
• Garden City Arts, Garden City, $10,000Garden City Arts will organize a series of events around the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos in order to celebrate Garden City’s diversity. The festival’s focal point will be the arts as well as partnerships with organizations in the community to share the region’s history. The goal is to provide music and dance performances, a writer’s workshop, art and historical exhibits and a diversity panel that will enrich lives, encourage the arts and provide a powerful new tourism draw for the community.
• William Inge Festival Foundation, Independence, $50,000A 10-day Astra Arts Festival (ASTRA) will take place during July 2014 in Independence and will promote economic development, aid community revitalization, engage local and regional residents and attract cultural tourism. ASTRA is a collaborative project with area cultural, historic, governmental and economic organizations contributing expertise and resources. ASTRA will feature theatre, music and visual and literary exhibitions that will provide opportunities for regional artists to perform and display their work. It will also include educational presentations and participatory activities for patrons of all ages to create and engage in artistic expression.
• Newton Area Arts Council, Newton, $45,000Newton Area Arts Council member organizations are hosting a coordinated month-long celebration of the arts in Harvey County, during March and April 2014. The primary goals of the “Spring into the Arts Festival” are to stimulate the economy of Harvey County and strengthen Harvey County arts organizations through the creation of an annual arts festival that will serve as the centerpiece for a regional cultural branding effort.
For more information about grant recipients and programs, please visit KansasCommerce.com/CAIC.