Topeka – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland announced that grant applications are open for the Rural Mural and Public Art program. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide matching funds for communities to create new murals and public art projects that will engage community residents and create a place for the community to gather and enjoy.
“Public art is an important component in the health and vibrancy of communities across our state,” said Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland. “The Rural Mural and Public Art program will create new destinations that tell the story of a community and inspire pride in residents and visitors to Kansas. All of this enhances quality of life and fuels new growth statewide.”
The program is designed for communities with populations under 10,000 to increase community vibrancy and provide space for artistic expression. Matching funds are available to established 501(c)(3) or 501(c)6 organizations based in Kansas, units of local government or federally recognized tribes.
“By investing in public art and murals, a community can highlight their shared identity, history, and culture, while creating beautiful places the entire region can enjoy,” said Office of Rural Prosperity Director, Trisha Purdon. “We are pleased to partner with communities to support locally-led projects that will develop new destination point murals across rural Kansas.”
The maximum grant amount is $10,000, and there is a 1:1 match requirement for each project. The matching funds must consist of at least 50% cash expense provided by the applicant. In-kind, non-monetary donations and volunteer hours may be counted, up to 50% of the required match.
“Murals and public art are a catalyst for communities to engage in shared conversations about place and identity,” said Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Peter Jasso. “They can illustrate, to residents and visitors alike, who we are and who we’d like to be. This partnership with the Office of Rural Prosperity will help initiate new projects that tell the story of our great Kansas communities.” The deadline to apply for the Rural Mural and Public Art program is May 16. You can find more information and submit an application here.