When Kansans file their tax returns this year, they can choose to direct all or part of their state income tax refunds to support the arts. Individuals who will receive a refund will have an “Arts Check-off” option to donate a portion of the refund to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). The Kansas Department of Revenue will send the designated amount of the refund to the KCAIC.
All funds that the KCAIC receives through the “Arts Check-off” 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, 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:
• Bartlett Arboretum, Belle Plain, $10,000Bartlett 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.
• InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City, $50,000InterUrban 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.
• City of Waterville, Waterville, $55,000The 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.
For more information about grant recipients and programs, please visit KansasCommerce.com/CAIC.