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Kansas artists and arts organizations won’t have the access to grant money that they have had in previous years. That’s because the National Endowment for the Arts has said that state lawmakers did not allocate enough money to qualify for the grants, which are managed by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Kansas is now ineligible for close to $800,000 in matching funds from federal and regional arts supporters.

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A new art exhibition opens today in Wichita that will showcase the work of Middle Eastern artists displaced by war.

The Building Bridges exhibit includes 80 paintings, most of them from Iraqi refugee artists. The work was brought here by the nonprofit Wichita Common Humanity, a collaboration of different religious and interfaith groups.

Coordinator Jan Swartzendruber says the goal of the project is to challenge stereotypes about the Muslim and Arab worlds and help the Wichita community better understand its Muslim neighbors.

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A insufficient allocation of money for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC), a state organization that distributes grant money for community arts, has made Kansas ineligible for close to $800,000 in funds from federal and regional organizations that support the arts.

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A new Wichita arts center funded largely by donations from the Koch Foundations now has a name.

More than 400 people were at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Mark Arts at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. The 40,000-square-foot building at 13th and Rock Road will be the new home of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

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The Tallgrass Film Association has created five movie-lending libraries inspired by the Little Free Library project. The mini movie libraries, which will hit the streets of Wichita in July, were decorated by youths who participate in the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Positive Pathways Program at Harvester Arts.

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A group of artists and volunteers will be painting new colorful murals in Wichita’s Douglas Design District this weekend--if the weather cooperates.

Sixteen murals are planned for buildings along East Douglas Avenue. An artist collective known as Brickmob will paint a 20-foot mural featuring a brain over a corner of the Alzheimer’s Association building.

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African-American professional artists from across the country will take part in a rare visit to Kansas. Their appearance and exhibit are scheduled for Friday at Wichita State University as part of Black History Month programming.

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Three museums in Wichita are displaying the work of artist Gordon Parks starting this month. A notable author, filmmaker and musician, the Kansas native is most famous for his photographs, which documented poverty and segregation during the civil rights movement.. 

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A collection of unique and finely crafted papercuts are currently on display at the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson visited with artist Clark Britton to learn more about him and the reason he has waited so long to display his tiny paper creations.

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A collection of documentary photographs from 1974 is currently on display at the Wichita Art Museum. Black and white images of farmers, haystacks and shop fronts provide a look at rural Kansas as seen through the lens of three photographers. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited the gallery with one of those artists and has this report.

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