Arts-related programs in Kansas today will be awarded eight National Endowment for the Arts grants totaling more than $475,000.
NEA chairman Jane Alexander will award approximately $56.4 million in grants at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The awards represent two-thirds of NEA's grant dollars for 1996.
- Kansas University, Lawrence. A $12,500 grant to support the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art's museum training program, which provides stipends for graduate students in art history and art education to work at the museum, and a $12,900 grant to support artists' fees incurred by presentations of the Merce Cunningham modern dance troupe, the Berlin Philharmonia String Quartet and Sankai Juku, a Japanese dance company, at the Lied Center.
- Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities, Kansas City, Kan. A $10,000 grant to support a survey to identify traditional arts and artists in the seven-county Kansas City metro area.
- Salina Art Center Inc., Salina. A $10,000 grant to support the traveling exhibition, "Of Matter and Spirit: African Arts from Kansas Collections," including a catalog and education programs.
- Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. A $22,000 grant for a state folk arts apprenticeship program.
- Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka. A $351,300 grant to support Basic State Grant activities.
- Arts Council of Topeka Inc., Topeka. A $39,380 grant to help stabilize local arts organizations by improving technical assistance services, expanding arts programs for children and strengthening the council's administrative functions.
- Wichita Art Museum, Wichita. A $17,500 grant to publish the catalog, "A Search for Identity: Images of the Land and the People from the Wichita Art Museum Collection of American Art."