The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) 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 and create creative industry-related jobs.  

The CAIC offers two programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy and create jobs.

Arts in Medicine, a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Emporia State University, is accepting applications from associations, agencies, and organizations that provide medical services to Kansans. 

If accepted, art therapy faculty and second year graduate art therapy students from Emporia State University will work with the applicant agency to build a program and schedule that meets the needs of specified populations.

Applicants may be interested in offering patients, clients, or staff art therapy services such as:

  • Group art therapy programming designed to meet the psycho-social needs of patients, care givers, or medical personnel
  • Individual art therapy for patients receiving treatment (i.e. cancer treatments or transfusions)
  • Art-based workshops for medical personnel or clinicians in training (stress relief, group bonding, etc.)
  • Arts-based programs at special events (grief camps, open houses, etc.)

We welcome applications from agencies that serve all age and developmental levels. Art experience and art skills are not necessary.

Ends on August 1, 2018

The Community Service Program provides an opportunity for private non-profit organizations and public health care entities to improve their ability to undertake major capital campaigns for projects involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care. Under this program, the state authorizes specially selected non-profit organizations to offer tax credits to donors making contributions to the approved projects.

 The Director of the Business and Community Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce is responsible for the program. Due to the strong demand for these credits, organizations awarded credits may receive less than the full amount of credits requested.

It is not necessary to apply if you are already on the current roster:

For complete guidelines:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with induction panels conducted in the Fall and Spring.

Deadline for consideration is Sept. 27, 2017. The review panel will convene in October 2017. 

INTENT: To promote Kansas artists and ensure that every Kansas community has access to high quality arts programming.


The Kansas Creative Arts Industries maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. In this program, the artist or artist's management sets the fee and negotiates the booking. Applicants must have a history of touring and maintain a reasonable fee range. Roster artists are required to perform outside their community regularly. Touring artists offer single performances as well as optional services that may include workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, arts education components, residencies, or short performances. The fact that an artist is approved to the roster does not imply or guarantee that the artist will receive bookings in the coming year. If you are an artist, becoming a Kansas Touring Performer helps you to be found by presenters.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:   Kansas-based nonprofits, individuals, universities, and unincorporated/for-profit groups providing arts performances and experiences.

Applicants can come from any artistic discipline (including, but not limited to: music, theater, dance, visual arts, literary, comedy, graphic novels, film, podcasting, etc.) provided they can meet the criteria below. 


Applicants must:
  • Be experienced, high quality artists with a professional reputation
  • Provide public performances or exhibitions of their work
  • Provide educational activities with students
  • Provide complimentary activities with the community
  • Be willing to tour at least 2 Kansas communities outside of their home base.