The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that Kansas artists can now access Mid-American Arts Alliance (M-AAA) programs. These programs will support professional development and touring arts organizations.
Applications are now being accepted for KCAIC programs. To download an application form or learn more about updated guidelines for KCAIC programs, please visit www.KansasCommerce.com/CAICPrograms.
The guidelines for the KCAIC and M-AAA programs follow.
Creative Economy Project Support:The Creative Economy Project Support program encourages dynamic partnerships among cultural, business and public sectors to help communities address cultural and economic development goals through a wide variety of creative placemaking initiatives. This highly competitive program leverages the creative assets intrinsic in Kansas communities to stimulate the local economy, strengthen the role of arts and culture, promote regional identity and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. Funds may be used to support a single activity or a suite of related activities that are not already supported through a current KCAIC program. Successful applications will include:
• Demonstration of a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration• Community engagement in economic and community development using other funding sources• An active network of cultural nonprofits and involved citizens• Planning and oversight by non-profit arts organizations and implementation with community partners• A designated community member to serve as coordinator to communicate with the public and partners
Applicants must also demonstrate excellent artistic, educational and cultural value; responsiveness to their community; credible planning and evaluation strategies; long term economic impact; and rigorous financial and managerial accountability.
Strategic Investment Program:The Strategic Investment Program 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.
Applicants must make a compelling case as to why this particular self-identified activity or opportunity was selected, how it will have a substantial impact on their work and community and how it will enhance the national reputation of Kansas.
Strategic Investment Program funds can be used for:
• Organizational Development: Grants for professional development opportunities for organizations that help strengthen business practices and sustainability:o Hiring consultants to build administrative and business skills.o Develop or upgrade marketing and promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, print ads and websites that fulfill strategies to expand audiences, outreach to underserved populations, and promote regional identity.
• New & Expanded Works: This includes support for new arts and culture productions, exhibitions, programs or events by individual artists or nonprofit organizations, which take place in Kansas. The purpose of this grant program is to create or preserve jobs by funding new or expanded programs that use arts and culture to enrich the quality of life for participants, promote economic development in Kansas, generate business development and promote neighborhood revitalization.
• Capital Investment: Grants to improve and expand cultural assets:o Purchase equipment, materials, and/or technology upgrades to expand or improve an applicant’s organization.o Significant expansion or alteration to an existing cultural facility by a nonprofit organization.
Arts Integration Program:Arts Integration Program 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.
Arts Integration Program funding will be awarded in two categories:
• Creative Collaboration: This program encourages the integration of Kansas artists into a variety of settings. Grants may be used to fund residencies and professional development collaborations that feature partnerships among artists, schools, arts organizations and arts programs of non-arts organizations. Creative Collaborations integrate an arts discipline into non-arts curriculum and content areas; help interpret an exhibition, performance or presentation; and support arts programming and community development goals and objectives. Projects must have a collaborative planning process that includes all partners, an exhibition or performance and artist interaction with both students and community members. Non-Kansas artists will be considered on a case by case basis.
• Integrated Arts Education: This program supports innovative educational programming that integrates arts learning into non-arts curriculum and content areas to address emerging technologies, areas of skills shortages, STEM curricula, workforce readiness and increase student performance.
Mid-America Arts Alliance ProgramsMid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) supports and stimulates cultural activity in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Based in the heartland, M-AAA creates and manages regional, multi-regional, national, and international programs including traveling exhibitions, performing arts touring, and professional and community development.
Kansas artists can now access the following M-AAA programs:
• Professional Development Support Program: M-AAA supports professional development through this grant program, which reimburses up to $1,000 for expenses incurred through activities that professionally enhance business acumen and expand skills and knowledge in the arts. Eligible activities can include, but are not limited to: national, regional or state arts-based conferences, symposiums, master classes and/or seminars.
• Regional Touring Program (RTP): M-AAA) supports the endeavors of arts and culture organizations through the RTP grant by underwriting up to 50 percent of the M-AAA Regional Touring Roster artist or ensemble’s fees, or 25 percent of all other regional performing artist or ensemble’s fees, for public performance preceded by complementary arts activity occurring between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.