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Create an Arts-based Business Training Program

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Tool Information


  1. Arts
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts


A regional arts institution working hand in hand with statewide cultural organizations that would provide arts education for both individuals and institutional or company teams to enhance big picture insights as well as enhancing specific professional and technical skills. The format can include custom training, workshops, talks, conferences, regular networking events to share ideas, and special events. All classes and workshops are co-taught by highly qualified teaching artists and business strategists familiar with the local economic challenges and relevant applications.

Implementation Strategy

Champions and Partners

  • Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Kansas Economic Development Alliance
  • Kansas Citizens for the Arts
  • Kansas Humanities Council


Medium (3-8 years)



Cost Details

The cost includes creating a business plan, a marketing strategy, and creating partnerships with state agencies, regional businesses, and philanthropic partners. The organization must also secure an appropriate regional location(s) for offices and classes, 2-3 full time employees + teaching artists and business strategists to lead classes and workshops. Facilities and programs to offer mobile and online classes and workshops would also benefit the geographically large and rural region this organization serves.

Funding Sources

Kansas Arts Foundation

  • The Kansas Artists Residency Program provides funding to Kansas arts organizations for residencies by artists that increase their communities’ engagement with Kansas artists. This grant could be used to fund teaching artists.

Creative Arts Industries Commission

  • The Creative Economy Project Support program encourages dynamic partnerships among cultural, business and public sectors to help communities address cultural and economic development goals through a wide variety of creative placemaking initiatives. This grant can be used to fund arts-based events.

  •  Strategic Investment Program funds can be used for professional development opportunities for organizations that help strengthen business practices and sustainability, and support for new arts and culture productions, exhibitions, programs or events which take place in Kansas. The purpose of this grant program is to create or preserve jobs by funding new or expanded programs that use arts and culture to enrich the quality of life for participants. 

  • The Arts Integration Program provides funding for educational institutions, arts organizations, and community service non-profits to use the arts to increase student success, foster creative thinking, develop critical job skills, and enhance community development.  Creative Collaborations integrate an arts discipline into non-arts curriculum and content areas. Innovative Partnerships support innovative programming between arts organizations and non-arts organizations to impact a variety of community and/or economic development goals.

National Endowment for the Arts

  • Art Works grant: to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.