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NEA announces federal support for Kansas arts organizations

Jan 16, 2020

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $90,000 to four arts organizations and agencies in Kansas. These federal grants support projects by some of Kansas’ major arts institutions.

In announcing the grants, Chairman Mary Anne Carter said “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression. These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

Peter Jasso, Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, said, “We appreciate that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Kansas through these grants.” He continued, “this federal support, combined with our state’s renewed investment in the arts, contributes to our economy, jobs and quality of life that we enjoy in the Sunflower State. The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants in Kansas that were recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts:


Number of Grants: 4

Total Dollar Amount: $90,000

• Lawrence Arts Center

$15,000                Lawrence, KS

Art Works – Media Arts

To support the Free State Festival and related public programming celebrating film, music, and art.

• University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.

$20,000                Lawrence, KS

Art Works – Folk & Traditional Arts

To support the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival.

• University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (on behalf of Spencer Museum of Art)

$45,000                Lawrence, KS

Art Works – Museums

To support the exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body at the Spencer Museum of Art.

• Chamber Music At The Barn, Inc.

$10,000                Maize, KS

Art Works – Music

To support an artist residency with classical guitarist Berta Rojas

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

About the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy. Visit or contact Peter Jasso, [email protected], (785) 296-2178 to learn more.