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Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announces grant awards

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced grant awards totaling $23,000 to four 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 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.

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.

Future rolling deadlines to apply for the Strategic Investment or Arts Integration programs are Feb. 7, March 7 and May 23. To learn more about KCAIC programs, please visit KansasCommerce.com/CAICPrograms.

The grant recipients are:

Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita, $5,000 SIP – Organizational Development
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 AIP – Integrated Arts Education
Chamber Music at The Barn will provide a nine-week workshop to provide 40 math and technology students from Wichita West High and Maize High Schools with hardware and software in which they will create and then perform collaboratively with their own electronic audio and video instruments. This program integrates music, math and technology curricula.
$5,000 SIP – New and Expanded Works
Chamber Music at The Barn will expand services and increase audiences with a new touring program. The organization will offer world-class chamber music performances at two of the 2014 season concerts in collaboration with the Birger Sandzen Museum in Lindsborg.

Bethany College, Lindsborg, $3,000 AIP - Creative Collaboration
The Principal Musicians of the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra will spearhead a brand-new String Apprenticeship Program. This apprenticeship program will grant high school age string players the access to renowned Principal Musicians in a mentoring one-on-one educational and professional development environment and the opportunity to perform in the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra for the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s “Messiah." The program also includes public appearances at Bethany Home for nursing home residents and underserved audiences.

Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita, $5,000 AIP - Creative Collaboration
As part of the Wichita Grand Opera (WGO) educational Outreach program “Day at the Opera,” WGO performing artists will provide artist presentations at schools and civic organizations to complement school curricula and help students and community members better understand the art form in advance of performances.

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