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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $15M Available to Connect Kansans to Digital Devices and Public Wi-Fi Governor Laura Kelly announced today that applications are open for the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. A total of $14.7 million in grant awards will be available to organizations addressing the challenges of broadband accessibility, affordability, and device availability. Governor Kelly Announces $28.5M for High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $28.5 million in grants were awarded to 12 entities through the Lasting Infrastructure and Network Connectivity (LINC) program. The LINC program provides strategic funding for crucial aspects of broadband connectivity to reduce the cost of internet service, increase availability, and improve performance. Governor Kelly Announces $5M to Expand Access to High-Speed Internet in Rural Kansas Communities Governor Laura Kelly today announced that $5 million has been awarded to eight internet service providers (ISPs) in the latest round of Broadband Acceleration Grants for 2023. The awards will be paired with an additional $6.6 million in matching funds, resulting in an investment of nearly $12 million for high-speed broadband access projects across 10 rural Kansas counties. Commerce Program Opens Employment Pathway for Justice-Involved Kansans KANSASWORKS, a division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, is taking significant strides to empower justice-involved individuals across the state through the Re-entry Specialized Employment Counseling & Training (ReSpECT)WORKS program. This program provides intensive case management and career navigation for eligible individuals released from the prison system in Kansas. View All


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Murals Transform the World

Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 37 rural murals were completed in 14 Kansas communities in 2022 through the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) Rural Mural and Public Art Grant Programing. These grants helped communities with fewer than 10,000 residents create murals and public art projects to beautify public gathering spaces and serve as new tourist attractions. The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission’s has funded 35 murals in 24 communities in the past two years and added 14 artists to its Mural and Public Art Roster. KCAIC’s programs are designed to utilize artists and arts organizations to increase community vibrancy and provide space for artistic expression and public engagement.

“These beautiful, creative and artistic murals help personalize the communities where they were created. Kansas is such a special place and as our Rural Mural program continues to grow, I look forward to how it will showcase the uniqueness that each community brings to our state.”  

Governor Laura Kelly

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The Office of Rural Prosperity: Rural Murals

The Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP) advocates for and promotes rural Kansas and focuses on efforts designed to aid rural improvements. This program provides funding for communities with populations of 15,000 or less to reinvigorate spaces by creating new murals or public art that incorporate the community’s history, culture, heritage, tourism, or other community led art piece.  This mural and public art grant program is intended to support projects in rural communities that are immediately ready to begin work on their mural, with community engagement, location selection, site approvals, and muralist selection being completed by May 1, 2023.

ORP Rural Murals and Public Art Grant open now until May 1st.

Painted by Hunter Sinclair Myers of the Brickmob group, from the KCAIC Mural & Public Art roster. The mural is located in downtown Osawatomie at 500 Main Street.

KCAIC Mural Making

Kansas is seeing an exciting increase in the creation of new murals and interest in the impact of large-scale public art projects for thriving communities across the state. Presented by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, in partnership with Community Development, the Office of Rural Prosperity, Kansas Main Street, and Kansas Tourism, Commerce is committed to helping communities through financial support, technical assistance, and process guidance as they imagine new projects through the Mural Making initiative.

In-progress shot of the KCAIC Mural & Public Art Roster IT-RA artists Isaac Tapia and Rodrigo Alvarez called “Serene Flight” on the Lehigh Portland Trails located in Allen County, Kansas. This project was funded by KCAIC through Thrive Allen County in 2021.