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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00

Creative Arts Industries Commission announces first grant awards

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded grants to eight organizations across the state. Grants to the organizations totaled $58,400. Grantees were selected by the advisory board of the CAIC through an application and review process.

“The advisory board determined that the grant recipients were in a position to cultivate the creative arts in Kansas,” said Kansas Labor Secretary and Chairwoman of the CAIC advisory board Lana Gordon. “This round of grants will help these organizations implement projects that will strengthen the state’s economy.”

The CAIC’s mission is to support the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The advisory board is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and generate creative industry-related jobs.

“The eight grant recipients demonstrated the value of supporting their projects,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Through these grants, the CAIC is supporting the growth of the creative arts and the Kansas economy.”

The grant recipients are:

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 and make other improvements. The two businesses will be used for Arts Council classes and exhibits, while providing a sustainable revenue stream.

Bartlett Arboretum, 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. These upgrades include new sound equipment and flat screen monitors to provide a richer viewing experience. 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 lift 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. These efforts include training artists and educators in integrating the arts into Common Core curriculum including math, technology, language arts and social studies.

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