State announces new art grant programs to provide broader funding to artists, organizations

The Kansas Department of Commerce on Tuesday announced the launch of two grant programs designed to reach a broader range of artists and arts-based organizations.

The grant programs, “Arts Everywhere” and a “general operating support” grant, are designed to expand funding while also “leveraging the arts” for economic opportunities.

The Arts Everywhere program, according to the release, funds individual arts and culture-based projects. Projects are required to be from an arts and culture discipline, such as music, dance, theater, creative writing, literature, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts and visual arts, according to the grant’s website.

The General Operating Support program provides financial assistance to both public and private nonprofit arts and cultural organizations throughout the state. Those include museums, local arts councils and commissions, statewide arts and cultural service organizations, as well as organizations boasting cultural program activities.

Detailed guidelines and application instructions for the Arts Everywhere program can be found here. Application guidelines for General Operating Support can be found here. According to the news release, applications for all programs will be accepted through Feb. 23.


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