Arts

Arts
7:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hutch Orchestra Struggles To Keep Playing

The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials with the 49-year-old orchestra says budget cuts and a drop in donations have the group struggling from concert to concert.

Reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra's annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson also reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. It has not determined how much it will give the orchestra next year.

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Arts
7:34 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Five Kansas Arts Organizations Awarded Grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded more than $32,000 dollars in grants to five arts organizations.

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Arts
8:02 am
Wed July 17, 2013

How Did WSU Get Such A Massive Outdoor Sculpture Collection?

The first piece installed in the WSU sculpture collection was "Happy Mother" by Chaim Gross
Nicollette Engels KMUW

WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which currently consists of 76 pieces, is one of the largest outdoor university sculpture collections in the United States.

In 2006, the collection landed a spot in Public Art Review magazine’s compiled list of the top 10 campus outdoor art collections nationwide. The list is based on the quantity and quality of the works.

So how did Wichita State University end up with such an impressive outdoor sculpture collection?

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Arts Funding
3:53 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

State Arts Agency Again Eligible For Federal Matching Funds

The National Endowment for the Arts has made a preliminary decision saying Kansas is once again eligible to receive federal matching funds for arts programs. That decision was revealed during a meeting of the state's arts agency Friday.

When Governor Sam Brownback vetoed state arts funding in 2011, Kansas lost federal matching dollars. With some arts funding restored, the NEA says Kansas could be eligible for up to $560,000 in matching funds this fiscal year.

Peter Jasso, director of the Creative Arts Industries Commission, called the decision great news.

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Arts Funding
4:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Which Kansas Arts Organizations Are Receiving State Grants?

Eight Kansas arts organizations are receiving grants totaling $58,400 from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The grants come two years after Governor Brownback vetoed all arts funding in the state. The Commission formed in 2012 when the legislature restored a part of that funding following significant backlash.

The grants:

Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Arkansas City

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Arts
5:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

A Conversation With New Director Of WSU's Ulrich Museum

A visitor looks at paintings at the Ulrich Museum on the WSU campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

Bob Workman was named director of the Ulrich Museum in November of last year. He has a strong arts and museum administration background that started at the Ulrich back when he was a student at Wichita State University in the late 1970s.

“This is the place that really launched my art career, so when the opportunity presented itself to return to Wichita and lead the Ulrich to its next phase of growth I was very excited to have that chance,” says Workman.

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Arts
6:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

What New Funding Means For Kansas Arts Orgs (For Now)

Credit Richard Tanton / Flickr

The new agency formed to fill the gap in Kansas arts funding began it’s first round of grant opportunities this week, but the grants are very different from those that were offered through the now defunct Kansas Arts Commission.

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Arts
12:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

New Kansas Arts Agency To Hold Public Meetings

The agency that was formed by the 2012 Kansas legislature to replace the Kansas Arts Commission is holding a series of public input meetings.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) seeks public input to guide future activities and to help draft a strategic plan for FY 2014 that starts July 1.

The CIAC was awarded $700,000 for operations and grants in fiscal year 2013. It was the first time that state funding was available for Kansas arts agencies since Gov. Sam Brownback fired the staff of the Kansas Arts Commission and vetoed arts funding in 2011.

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Arts
5:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Tony Nominated Actress Starring In Wichita Production Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

Karla Burns and Huron Breaux star in Hello Dolly! at Wichita's Forum Theatre.
Jerry Fritchman

Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning actress Karla Burns is starring in the title role as Dolly Levi in the Broadway classic "Hello, Dolly!" at Wichita’s Forum Theatre. Actor Huron Breaux portrays Horace Vandergelder, the object of Dolly’s affection.

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Arts
5:52 am
Fri February 8, 2013

New Kansas Arts Commission Accepting Grant Proposals

Credit Richard Tanton / Flickr

The new state-run arts commission announced funding opportunities for Kansas arts agencies Tuesday.

The 7-month-old Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission was created in response to the backlash over Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of arts funding in 2011. The new programs require grant seekers to propose projects that create jobs and grow the Kansas economy.

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