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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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Arts
6:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Gospel Music Executive To Start Network In Wichita

Gospel music executive, Carla Williams.
Credit Michael Gomez

For more than two decades, Carla Williams has worked as a gospel music executive. She’s helped manage the careers of platinum and Grammy award-winning gospel artists.

A couple of years ago, she started her own company, CW Creative, and recently returned home to Wichita to start a new initiative to help area artists.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels talked with Williams about her expertise in the industry and launching The Gathering Network.

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Arts
3:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

4 Ways Arts Funding In Kansas Has Changed

Visitors look at an exhibit at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

In 2011, Kansas became the first state in history to completely eliminate funding for the arts.

That resulted in the loss of more than $1 million in matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations. And, severely impacted hundreds of Kansas arts organizations.

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Arts
5:59 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community Wednesday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is the organization formed by the state in the 2012 legislative session in response to the fallout after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed all arts funding in 2011.

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Arts
6:09 am
Fri November 30, 2012

A Tribute To Gordon Parks On His 100th Birthday

Gordon Parks and Genevieve Young.
Credit Ulrich Museum / Wichita State University

Friday marks the centennial of the birth of photographer, composer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks.

Celebrations have been held across the country in his honor, including several events at Wichita State University. Parks' third wife, Genevieve Young, spoke Thursday at Wichita State, which houses Parks' personal papers.

Young was former senior editor at Little Brown and Company and vice president of Bantam Books. She edited Gordon Parks' writings.

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Film
6:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Film Highlights Kansas Farming In The Mid-Twentieth Century

A premiere of the film Harvesting the High Plains will take place Friday at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.

The film takes western Kansas from the 1930's Dustbowl to post World War II and was inspired by a book of the same name written by the late Craig Miner, former Wichita State professor and Kansas historian.

Director Jay Kriss says the film is a story about a farming operation that started in the middle of the Dustbowl but basically turned the American desert into the breadbasket of the world.

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Arts
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Broadway Actor And Artist Charles Holt Visits Wichita

Broadway actor and recording artist, Charles Holt.
Carla Eckels

Broadway actor, recording artist and author Charles Holt is in Wichita this week, as part of the Centennial celebration of Gordon Park’s life.

Holt spoke at Wichita State and to public school students and will wrap up his visit at a book signing Thursday.

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