The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced that Kansans 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 KCAIC. The Kansas Department of Revenue will send the designated amount of the refund to the KCAIC.
“Funds received through the Arts Checkoff help support artists and organizations across Kansas that are using the arts to grow the economy and better their communities,” said KCAIC Chairman Larry Meeker. “Directing a portion of their state income tax refund to the KCAIC is a convenient way for Kansans to help support the arts in our state.”
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 Program, 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:
Arts Connect, Topeka, $10,000The Topeka Mural Project is installing 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.
Chamber Music at the Barn, Maize, $5,000Chamber 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.
Gray’s Studio Restoration, St. John, $75,000Gray’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.
For more information about grant recipients and programs, please visit KansasCommerce.com/CAIC.