The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to to promoting, supporting and expanding Kansas’ creative industries and enriching communities through arts and culture. 

KCAIC offers a range of programs and services to support cultural programming across Kansas and enhance the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service, workforce development and quality of life in our state.


The CAIC offers several programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy.

This application is only for proposals to bring Kansas Touring Roster artists as visiting artists. For the standard Visiting Artist grant, please see "KCAIC Grants Application" and select Visiting Artists.

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.

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.

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.


  • $8,500 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.
    To assist organizations with programs during COVID, the match requirement must consist of at least 25% cash expenses provided by the applicant, within this 25%, applicable general operating costs may count for 50% of the cash match. In-kind or applicable general operating costs may count for 75% of total match. This match formula will remain active through June 30, 2022. 
    Organizations or projects in communities with populations of 15,000 or fewer:
    In-kind non-monetary donations may be counted as 100% of the required match

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.

Grant Related Documents including logos, final reports, and budget templates can be found here: Grant Related Documents

If you are completing this report for the Short-Term Operational Support (SOS) funds, this is not the correct form. Please go into your SOS application, click the Forms tab, and the customized report for those relief funds is there. Conact with questions. 

*Please read the full description of requirements and awards for the residency before continuing to the application.*

Program Description: The Tallgrass Artist Residency is a unique program that offers individual artists/artist teams time and space to retreat and research in a rural, tallgrass prairie setting. Though the experience is rural, it is not meant to be isolating. Artists are provided lodging at Matfield Station in the small community of Matfield Green, Kansas — 20 miles from Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and home to a growing number of artists and community builders. Learn more on our website.

*A note about Covid-19: Starting in 2020, precautions have been taken for guest stays at Matfield Station to allow for more space, thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Each resident’s lodging space is self-contained with bathroom and kitchenette, and accessed by self-check in upon arrival. Between these precautions and virtual programming adaptations when prudent, residencies have been able to happen as scheduled. We will continue to adapt to the changing landscape, as needed. Outdoor trails, porches and fire circles allow opportunity for socially-distanced community when it is desired. 


• Residencies are offered in two-week (10 night) periods between May and September. Residency periods must occur in consecutive ten night blocks.

• Residents are expected to give a public program during this two-week period (location and format TBD. See 2020 Virtual Q&A's here.), and will be asked to contribute documentation of their experience through daily Instagram posts and a summary of their experience for the website (read Written Reflections on artists’ pages).

• Residents are also expected to be prepared to participate in a group exhibition and artist symposium in Matfield Green on Saturday, October 1, 2022 (with lodging provided)

• Residents are required to make their own arrangements for transportation to and from the residency. Due to our rural setting, it's essential for visitors to have their own reliable method of transportation.

• Residents are responsible for their own food, but cooking and eating utensils are available in all rooms.


• Artists will be provided 10 nights of lodging at Matfield Station during residency period.    

• Artists will be connected with staff at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and may be granted special access, upon request.   

• Each artist will receive a $500 stipend from KCAIC for travel and material reimbursement to be awarded after residencies are completed.   

• Artists will be provided lodging for up to two nights in or near Matfield Green during closing events in October.   

• Reimbursement funding, within reason, will be available for shipping artwork to and from group exhibition.

Who Can Apply:  This residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains by  cultivating opportunities for artists/artist teams who currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie (← click the link to see a general map of this area). However, we also have one dedicated residency period for an artist/artist team outside of the prairie ecoregion, treated as an "ecoregion exchange".

Ideal applicants will have a strong body of work with a unique voice or perspective, a self-driven dedication to learning through place, and an interest in participating in a contemporary dialogue. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and career levels, media and practice. We're not currently accepting applications from previous artists-in-residence in the program or international residents.  **Because of our rural setting, having your own transportation during the residency is essential**

Applications are due by March 15, 2022 with notification in April.
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