The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded grants to the following organizations across the state. Grantees were selected by the CAIC advisory board and approved through an application and review process.
Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita, $5,000 Music Theatre of Wichita will implement a web based marketing strategy to increase online and mobile functionality and attract new audiences.
Chamber Music at the Barn, Maize, $5,000 SIP/$5,000 AIP Chamber Music at The Barn will provide nine-week workshop to provide 40 math and technology students from Wichita West High and Maize High Schools with hardware, software in which they can create then perform collaboratively with their own electronic audio and video instruments.
Chamber Music at The Barn will expand services with a touring program. 2014 will offer two world-class chamber music performances of two of the 2014 season concerts in collaboration with the Birger Sandzen Museum in Lindsborg, KS.
Bethany College, Lindsborg, $3,000 The Principal Musicians of the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra will spearhead a brand-new String Apprenticeship Program. This Apprenticeship Program will grant four high school age string players the second-chair seat next to renowned Principal Musicians, in a mentoring and one-on-one educational environment, in the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra for the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s “Messiah”.
Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita, $5,000 As part of WGO’s educational Outreach program “Day at the Opera”, WGO performing artists will provide artist presentations at schools and civic organizations to compliment school curricula, and help students and community members better understand the art form.
InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City, $50,000 Partners: Kansas Department of Health and Environment BrownFields Program and Green Schools Grant; Arts Council of Johnson County; Shawnee Mission School District and PTA; Kansas Small Business Development Center; Kauffman Foundation and UMKC Urban Planning Department; ArtistINC; Art & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park; city of Overland Park; Francis Family Foundation.
InterUrban ArtHouse formed to create sustainable and affordable space for artists, creative industries and arts organizations. This will be achieved by combining anchor tenants in the arts, retail space and event space to offer below market-rate studio space for creative entrepreneurs. The project will revitalize the historic downtown, while improving walkability, quality of life and the value of the surrounding area. InterUrban ArtHouse has been funded the maximum award by the National Endowment for the Arts through its 2012-2013 NEA Our Town Grant. This makes the project a national pilot as part of the national Creative Placemaking initiative.
Gray’s Studio Restoration, St. John, $75,000 Partners: Stafford County Economic Development; city of St. John
Gray’s Studio Restoration is a non-profit corporation located in rural Stafford county dedicated to restoring the historic Gray’s Studio building and enhancing the quality of life in rural Kansas. The restored building will serve as an incubator for developing artists and provide cultural and arts programming for St. John and surrounding areas. The building has studio space, gallery space and living quarters, which will be provided rent-free to budding artists. In exchange, those artists will assist in hosting art-related educational and enhancement programs for the public. They will also work with a gallery displaying and selling their art, as well as art from other sources.
William Inge Festival Foundation, Independence, $50,000 Partners: Independence Community College and William Inge Center for the Arts; Independence Chamber of Commerce; city of Independence; Independence Historical and Art Museum; Montgomery County Action Council; the Little House on the Prairie Historic Site; the Booth Theatre Foundation; Neewollah, Inc.; Independence Main Street; Independence Public Library; Unified School District 446.
A 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, educational presentations and participatory activities for patrons of all ages to create and engage in artistic expression.
Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence, $50,000 Partners: Free State Development Group; City of Lawrence; Douglas County; Community Corrections; Boys and Girls Club; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; Lawrence Housing Authority; Willow Domestic Violence Center; Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department; Unified School District 497
Theatre Lawrence and its partners will equip and furnish a new 35,000 square foot theatre and education facility in the northwest region of Kansas. The new facility will replace the organization’s current site with one that offers doubled seating capacity, an educational wing and increased production and storage space. Sound and video equipment, microphones, lighting instruments, a loop hearing system, shop tools, stage curtains, window treatments, a security system, signage, furnishings and office equipment are needed for use in productions and for youth and senior programming.
City of Waterville, Waterville, $55,000 Partners: Waterville Opera House Committee; Valley Heights Youth All Stars; Waterville Summer Theatre; Waterville Youth Theater; Marshall County Arts Cooperative ; private donors
The city of Waterville and its partners will restore an opera house to keep it in continued use as a community theater and heritage-tourism attraction. The enhanced theater plans to attract new visitors to Marshall County by providing a state-of-the-art local venue for arts and culture in rural Kansas.
Goodland Arts Council, Goodland, $5,000 Partners: City of Goodland; Goodland Farmers' Market Association; Goodland Economic Development; Sherman County Historical Society
The Goodland Arts Council and its partners will create a permanent art exhibit in Chambers Park and organize seasonal festivities at the park from July through October. This project expands upon the formation of a permanent outdoor city-wide art gallery proposed by the city’s Beautification Committee, formed 5 years ago with the goal of beautifying and revitalizing the Goodland community through the arts.
Newton Area Arts Council, Newton, $45,000 Partners: Cities of Hesston, Newton and North Newton; Newton Convention & Visitor's Bureau; Newton Medical Center; Excel Industries-Hustler Turf Equipment; Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts; Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts; Newton-Mid Kansas Symphony Orchestra; Newton Historic Fox Theatre; Prairie Window Concert Series of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains; Carriage Factory Gallery; Kauffman Museum; Sound of the Heartland Chorus
Newton Area Arts Council member organizations will host 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.
Garden City Arts, Garden City, $10,000 Partners: Finney County Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Finney County Historical Museum; Ad Astra Out West
Garden 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.
Arts Connect, Topeka, $10,000 Partners: The Topeka Police Department; Safe Streets; Downtown Topeka, Inc.
The Topeka Mural Project will install public artwork in targeted areas that are currently experiencing high crime rates. Based on extensive national data and local experience, this project has the potential to reduce crime, increase the viability of local business, revitalize targeted areas of the city and increase the capacity of the community to draw cultural tourists.
Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Arkansas City, $10,000 The Arkansas City Area Arts Council will transform two retail units on the ground level of the Burford Commercial Building to provide space for two incubator businesses. The businesses will be used for Arts Council classes and exhibits.
Bartlett Aboretum, Belle Plain, $10,000 Bartlett Arboretum will renovate a recently acquired 1879 depot. The renovations will include a performance-workshop retreat, exhibition space, a catering kitchen, a shower and sleeping quarters for resident artists.
Chamber Music at the Barn, Maize, $5,000 Chamber Music at the Barn will purchase and install upgrades to its audio visual system to enhance the experience for audience members. Chamber Music at the Barn will also upgrade its ticketing service at the gate.
The Culture House, Olathe, $10,000 The Culture House will use funds to help develop a 250 seat flexible theater space. This includes theatrical lighting, seating, sound equipment, painting and curtains.
Fisch Haus, Wichita, $4,400 Fisch Bowl Inc. will purchase and install storage for a manually operated portable wheelchair lifts to make the Fisch Haus gallery and performance space more accessible.
Hutchinson Theatre Guild, Hutchinson, $10,000 The Hutchinson Theatre Guild will use this grant to support its current renovation, turning a downtown building into a permanent theater. This is being done through extensive remodeling that will create a lobby, theatre, technical booth, dressing rooms and scene shop.
Image Makers, Wamego, $4,000 Image Makers will use the grant to help hire its first full-time photographer and videographer.
Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, statewide, $5,000 The Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education will use this grant to assist efforts of national and local experts in arts education.
De Soto Arts Council, De Soto, $4,842 The De Soto Arts Council will use the grant to develop an arts center in allocated space in the De Soto City Hall's lower level. This dedicated space will be home to the De Soto City Council and be used for art classes, workshops, a gallery space and meetings.
Douglas Design District, Wichita, $7,764 The Douglas Design District plans to use the grant to commission and install a series of 96 square-foot outdoor murals in four key locations through the area.These mural panels will be displayed for a year, removed, sold at auction and then replaced with new art by a different professional artist or group selected by the District.
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, $5,000 The Performing Arts Series Arts Education Program will use the grant to further develop K-12 teacher training in arts integration to support STEM curriculum and English Learning Arts in Kansas public school district classrooms.
Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, $10,000 The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art will enhance the visual and participatory experience of those who visit the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom to see exhibitions and participate in ARTicipation art therapy based activities.
Rock Cottage Glassworks, Shawnee, $5,000 Rock Cottage Glassworks will use the grant to replace existing furnaces and tools to continue to provide quality, American made glass.