Arts Integration Program

Using the arts to enhance student success and community development

Peter Jasso, Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

(785) 296-2178


Kate Van Steenhuyse, KCAIC Chief Programs Officer


The Arts Integration Program supports the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service and workforce development.

This program provides funding for educational institutions, arts organizations, and community service non-profits to use the arts to increase student success, foster creative thinking, develop critical job skills, and enhance community development.

Arts Integration Program grants are awarded in three categories:

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists provides funding for eligible organizations to engage and deepen the impact of arts programming on local and underserved audiences through exposure to and interaction with professional visiting artists. Presenters may book artists in any discipline, not just in performing arts. Projects should strive to integrate an arts discipline into non-arts content areas; help interpret an exhibition, performance or presentation; and support community development goals and objectives.

Integrated Arts Education

Integrated Arts Education supports new or expanded educational programming that integrates arts learning into non-arts curriculum and content areas to address emerging technologies, areas of skills shortages, STEM curricula, workforce readiness and increase student performance.

Innovative Partnerships

Innovative Partnerships support programming between arts organizations and non-arts organizations to impact a variety of community and/or economic development goals. Arts organizations are encouraged to partner with other community entities (hospitals, prisons, etc.) to develop arts-centered programs that address community needs such as public health, transportation, tourism, unemployment, aging, corrections, etc. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full application in this category.

Grant Amount

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request. The maximum grant amount for Visiting Artists and Integrated Arts Education is $7,500. The maximum grant amount for Innovative Partnerships is $20,000.

There is a 1:1 match requirement for this program. 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.

Innovative Partnerships applications require submitting a Letter of Intent in advance of the full application. Check with KCAIC staff about deadlines.

Who Qualifies

  • Established 501(c)(3) organizations whose primary purpose is to produce, present, promote or serve the arts
  • Units of local governments (including schools, universities, libraries, arts agencies, etc.)
  • Federally recognized tribal communities

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be incorporated in Kansas and in good standing with the state
  • Have fulfilled all outstanding contractual obligations with KCAIC
  • Have a DUNS number
  • Submit a Letter of Intent


Arts Integration Program General Policies
Guidelines: Innovative Partnerships
Guidelines: Integrated Arts Education
Guidelines: Visiting Arts

Application Period

Applications for this grant period are due March 31.

Grant Materials

ACH Form
KCAIC Budget Template
Media Kit
National Endowment for the Arts General Terms and Conditions
Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment Acknowledgment Form
Request for Payment Workbook
W-9 Federal Form

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