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Kansas Touring Artist Roster

Promoting Kansas artists across the state

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. Touring artists offer public performances as well as optional services that may include workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts education components, residencies or short performances.

Classical Music

AdZel Duo | Lawrence
Konza Wind Quintet | Manhattan
Lyric Arts Trio | Lenexa
NAVO Inc. | Lawrence
Opera Kansas | Wichita
The Sunflower Trio | North Newton
Switchgrass String Quartet | Peabody
Erin Wood | Lawrence
Allégresse | Lawrence
AGLOW Trio | Manhattan
The Opus 76 String Quartet | Prairie Village
Yi-Yang Chen | Lawrence


Christopher Burnett | Leavenworth
Doug Talley Quartet | Lenexa
River Cow Orchestra | Lenexa
Queen Bey | Lawrence
Karla Bauer | Prairie Village
Bobby Watson | Lenexa
Michael Parkinson | Overland Park
Jack Mouse/Janice Borla Group | Emporia

Traditional & Acoustic

John Depew | Arlington
Sally Vee | Alta Vista
Alferd Packer Memorial String Band | Lawrence
Jeff Davidson | Eureka
Amado Espinoza | Overland Park
Poke Salad Orchestra | Matfield Green
Erin Mae Music | Wichita
Lem Sheppard | Pittsburg
Spencer & Rains | Lawrence
Kelly Werts | Matfield Green
Max Haverfield & Co. | Winona
Elexa Dawson | Emporia
Ann Zimmerman | Salina

Haymakers | Wichita
Tom Page | Wichita
The Church Ladies | Manhattan
Annie Wilson | Elmdale
Brazos Valley Boys | Lawrence
Derrick Doty | Manhattan
Elizabeth Nelson | Olathe
Jopará Ensemble | Pittsburg
Philip Wang | Leawood
Shawn Craver | Wichita
Sky Smeed | Lawrence
String Daze | Wichita
Tallgrass Express String Band | Elmdale
The Matchsellers | Kansas City
With a Twist | Lawrence

Modern Music

Cydnee Reese | Wichita
Carswell & Hope | Lawrence
Maria The Mexican | Lawrence
Von Hansen | Wichita
Kelley Hunt | Lawrence
Caley Rose | Olathe
Kathryn King | Kansas City
MHM | Peabody
Mikala Marie Petillo | Lawrence
Multifarious | Peabody
Pretend Friend | Wichita
The Radicles | Assaira
Alex Kimball Williams | Lawrence

Literary Arts

Annette Hope Billings | Topeka
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Lawrence
Ron Wilson | Manhattan
April Pameticky | Wichita
Dennis Etzel, Jr. | Topeka
Olive L. Sullivan | Pittsburg

Visual Arts

Micala Gingrich Gaylord | Wichita
Christopher S. Gulick | Wichita
April D. Lemon | Holton
Angela Pickman | Lawrence
Erika Nelson | Lucas
Kelly Yarbrough | Manhattan
Michelle Meade-Esvang | Shawnee
Douglas Barrett Jr | Manhattan
Kristine Luber | Topeka
Luke Townsend | Manhattan
Carol Bradbury | Topeka
Pablo Diaz Carballo | Saint Marys

Young Audiences

Dino O’Dell | Fairway
Laughing Matters | Mission
Wichita Children’s Theatre | Wichita
Jim Cosgrove | Lenexa
James Aaron Fowler | Wichita
Rosie Best-Cutrer | Topeka
Priscilla Howe | Lawrence
Thad Beach | Salina
Richard Renner | Lawrence
Randy Sauer | Hays


Brett Douglas Crandall | Garden City
Jamie Campbell | Kansas City
LRM Foundation | Lawrence

Media Arts

Jason Turner | Lenexa

Note: Artist fees are set by the artist or artist’s management, who also negotiates the booking. Artists must have a history of touring and maintain a reasonable fee range. Roster artists are required to perform outside their community regularly.

Become a Kansas Touring Performer

Applications for inclusion to the roster are closed for 2023. Applications will be accepted again in 2024. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notifications.

Touring Roster Inclusion Guidelines

Visiting Artist Grants
Communities and organizations can apply for KCAIC funding to engage and deepen the impact of arts programming on local and under-served audiences through exposure to and interaction with professional visiting artists.

Grant Amount
The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request. The maximum grant amount is $8,500.

There is a 1:1 match requirement for this program. See the Arts Integration Program Guidelines for details.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible projects must:
Feature a visiting artist from outside the host community (at least 60 miles) in at least one exhibition or performance that is open to the public
Include at least one complementary activity that builds greater appreciation for the featured artist or art form (i.e. lectures, demonstrations, workshops, etc.)
Engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability or age

Application Period
Applications for Visiting Artist Grants are accepted year round, but must be received at least 60 days prior to the planned event.


Curtis Young, KCAIC Director


[email protected]


Kate Van Steenhuyse, KCAIC Assistant Director

(785) 379-1608

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