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.  

Grants
The CAIC offers two programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy and create jobs.
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The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College. 

The 4th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 emerging playwrights with the national theater community through mentorship and learning during the 38th Annual William Inge Theater Festival,  May 22-25, 2019. 

Selected playwrights receive feedback of their script from a panel of theater experts, meet with fine arts professionals from across the country during the Inge Festival, and enjoy intensive playwriting workshops to help them refine their craft. 

This year the festival will honor playwright Octavio Solis with the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.  

Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (no more than 30 minutes, no more than four actors) to be included in the New Play Lab. 

The playwrights receive: 

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals 
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights (including festival honoree Octavio Solis and a Dramatist Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright)
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
  • VIP passes to all festival events

Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 22, 2018, with notification by Jan. 18, 2019.

The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a panel of national theater professionals.

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Requirements

Submit a play 

  • Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one act play, no more than 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Plays that are longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
  • Plays should require no more than 4 actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
  • Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.
  • Plays may not include the author’s name or contact information anywhere on the script
  • Playwrights may only submit one play per festival. 

Attend 

  • Playwrights are required to attend the festival. If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.
  • Each playwright is required to attend the Playwright Masterclass with honoree Octavio Solis and the masterclass with the Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright. The Masterclasses will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings May 23 and 24. 
  • Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. The Play Lab readings will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24. 

More details will be sent out to those accepted.

Travel, transportation, and lodging

  • Playwrights who are chosen are required to attend the festival in-person starting Thursday morning, May 23rd through Saturday evening, May 25.
  • Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Subsidized housing on-campus at Independence Community College is available upon request. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)

Conference Fees

Conference fee is $175 and includes a number of VIP events that are not open to the general audience. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.

Benefits

  • Professional Public Reading:    Playwrights will receive a professional public reading of their play, as well as feedback from national theater artists.
  • Exclusive Seminars and Masterclass:    The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities to take masterclasses from a master playwright, including a masterclass with the 38th William Inge Festival Honoree Octavio Solis.
  • Festival Celebration:    Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2019 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, and much more.

Application Guidelines

  • All applications must be submitted via this online form
  • All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.
  • Give your script file the name 2019 + TITLE (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf).
  • The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and require a maximum of 4 actors.
  • Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)
  • Applicants must also enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).

If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email program coordinators directly: playsubmissions@ingecenter.org  


See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To strengthen the sustainability of arts organizations in Kansas

DESCRIPTION

This program provides funding for professional development opportunities for Kansas based arts organizations that help strengthen business practices, increase organizational viability and promote long term sustainability.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Projects in this category may include the following:

  • Activities that help build administrative and business skills and/or enhance workforce development (board training, strategic planning, professional development, etc.)
  • Development of marketing materials that promote programs and services and fulfill strategies to expand audiences and provide outreach to underserved populations. (This does not include PR campaigns or materials used solely to raise awareness or improve the image of the organization.)
  • Eligible Projects must:be part of a broader strategy to improve the fiscal health of the organization.
  • if applying for marketing  assistance, engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age.

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $5,000

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
         In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match.

See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.




See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To expand arts participation through the development of new programming.

DESCRIPTION

This program provides funding for new or significantly expanded productions, exhibitions, programs or events by Kansas-based nonprofit arts organizations. Projects should either be an entirely new type of program for the organization designed to diversify its services or an expansion of an existing program designed to significantly enhance the quality of current offerings.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Eligible Projects must:

  • be a new type of program for the applicant or a significant expansion of an existing program.
  • be part of a broader strategy to improve the fiscal health of the organization and increase participation in programs and services. 
  • involve relevant, strategic partnerships with organizations in the community and/or adjacent communities;
  • take place in an accessible facility; 
  • engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age.

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $5,000

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
         In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match.

See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.



See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To increase the capability of arts organizations in Kansas

DESCRIPTION

This program provides funding to purchase  equipment,  materials,  and/or  technology  upgrades  to expand or improve an applicant’s organization.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Eligible Projects must:

  • be part of a broader strategy to improve the fiscal health of the organization and increase participation in programs and services.
  • NOT include purchases of individual items worth $5,000 or higher.
  • NOT include or require construction expenses to install

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $5,000 

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
         In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match.

See SIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.



See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To encourage the integration of visiting artists into a variety of community settings.

DESCRIPTION

This program 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 arts. 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.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Eligible Projects must:

  • feature a visiting  artist from outside of the host community in at least one exhibition or performance that is open to the general public;
  • include at least ONE of the following complementary activities that builds greater appreciation for the featured artist or the art form:      
    • An educational activity that features artist interaction with students
    • A community activity that features artist interaction with members of the community   

    Complementary activities can include, but are not limited to: lectures/demonstrations, master classes, workshops, and other creative approaches to engage the community in the work of the featured artist or art form. Innovative activities that feature interactions with segments of the community that may not otherwise engage in visiting artists activities are strongly encouraged.  

  • involve relevant, strategic partnerships with organizations in the community and/or adjacent communities;
  • take place in an accessible facility; 
  • engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age.

Eligible projects may NOT include requests to fund:

  • an artist from the same community as the applicant;
  • a project that is not arts focused (e.g. conference keynote speeches, sidewalk sales, food festivals, fireworks displays, etc.);
  •  an artist appearing in a locally produced presentation, concert, or production;
  • activities at colleges and universities where students will receive academic credit for participation or attendance; and/or
  • activities that serve mostly students and faculty with minimal or no general public involvement.

MAXIMUM REQUEST

  • $5,000 for non-roster artists
  • $6,000 for roster artists (depending on how the applicant applies the credit)

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.

The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match

KANSAS TOURING ROSTER

 

Projects featuring artists from the Kansas Touring Roster are eligible for a $1,000 credit that can be applied either to the applicants match or to the grant request.

See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.



See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To encourage the integration of visiting artists into a variety of community settings.

DESCRIPTION
This program 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 arts. 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.

PROJECT CRITERIA
Eligible Projects must:

  • feature a visiting  artist from outside of the host community in at least one exhibition or performance that is open to the general public;
  • include at least ONE of the following complementary activities that builds greater appreciation for the featured artist or the art form:           
    • An educational activity that features artist interaction with students
    • A community activity that features artist interaction with members of the community   

    Complementary activities can include, but are not limited to: lectures/demonstrations, master classes, workshops, and other creative approaches to engage the community in the work of the featured artist or art form. Innovative activities that feature interactions with segments of the community that may not otherwise engage in visiting artists activities are strongly encouraged.  

  • involve relevant, strategic partnerships with organizations in the community and/or adjacent communities;
  • take place in an accessible facility; 
  • engage underserved audiences who lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age.

Eligible projects may NOT include requests to fund:

  • an artist from the same community as the applicant;
  • a project that is not arts focused (e.g. conference keynote speeches, sidewalk sales, food festivals, fireworks displays, etc.);
  • an artist appearing in a locally produced presentation, concert, or production;
  • activities at colleges and universities where students will receive academic credit for participation or attendance; and/or
  • activities that serve mostly students and faculty with minimal or no general public involvement.

MAXIMUM REQUEST

  • $6,000 for roster artists (depending on how the applicant applies the credit)

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)
The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION
Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match

KANSAS TOURING ROSTER
Projects featuring artists from the Kansas Touring Roster are eligible for a $1,000 credit that can be applied either to the applicants match or to the grant request.

See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.




See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To encourage the integration of arts learning into non-arts curriculum and content areas

DESCRIPTION

This program 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.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Projects in this category may include the following:

  • Innovate educational programming aimed at students for integration of arts subjects with other curriculum
  • Professional development for teachers and school administrators for integrating the arts into non-arts curriculum.

Eligible projects must:

  • include both arts and non-arts curriculum;
  • be planned, organized, and implemented by a committee which could include teachers, teaching artists, representatives from partnering organizations, administrators, students, parents, and/or community members;
  • identify target groups of students, include specific arts learning objectives, and provide a quality assessment and evaluation plan.
  • be a new program or significant expansion of an existing program

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $5,000

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer: 
          In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match.

See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc.

INTENT: To encourage the use of the arts to address a variety community development and social issues.

DESCRIPTION

This category supports innovative 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.

PROJECT CRITERIA

Eligible projects must

  •  include a relevant, strategic partnership between at least one Kansas arts organization and at least one non-arts community entity.
  •  be a new program or significant expansion of an existing program
Projects must address ONE of the following priority areas:
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    Projects that use art to diversify local economies, generate revenue, and attract visitors and investment. Projects should focus on job growth, unemployment, or cultural tourism.
  • HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
    Projects that use art to improve human health or functioning. Projects should focus on health related topics, serve specific populations, or occur in a health care or human service setting (hospital, clinic, senior activity center, women’s shelter, homeless shelter, etc).
  • PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    Projects that use art to prevent delinquency and recidivism in youth and adults. Projects should focus on at-risk youth or incarcerated populations (after school program, juvenile detention center, adult prison, alternative learning center).
  • NATURAL RESOURCES & AGRICULTURE
    Projects that use art to understand and/or improve the ecological and agricultural environment. Project should focus on natural resources (energy, water, agriculture, ecological issues).
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
    Projects that use the arts to improve the quality of life and livability in the local community. Projects should focus on (transportation, revitalization of neighborhoods and cultural planning activities.

MAXIMUM REQUEST: $15,000

MATCH REQUIREMENT: dollar for dollar (1:1)

The total project cost must be at least twice the amount of the grant request.
     The match requirement must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the              applicant. In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted up to 50% of the required              match.

MATCH EXCEPTION

Organizations in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
     In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match for the          initial $5,000 of the grant request. Applicants must then provide 50% match in cash for            exceeding grant amounts ($5,001-$15,000).

See AIP General Policies for additional information on applicant eligibility, allowable expenses, etc..

It is not necessary to apply if you are already on the current roster: http://www.kansascommerce.gov/705/KS-Roster

For complete guidelines: http://www.kansascommerce.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7489/KCAIC---Touring-Roster-Inclusion-2018

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.

DESCRIPTION

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. 

PROJECT CRITERIA

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.

 



Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission