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Create Regional Arts Incubator Programs and Facilities

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Tool Information


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


This tool involves the creation of a region-wide set of programs and spaces for artists, arts educators, and community outreach. Through working hand in hand with existing regional arts and culture organizations as well as schools, the non-profit organization leading this endeavor appropriates existing structures in communities where the need is greatest for studio space, exhibit space, classes for all ages, and community workshop and meeting space. These incubators are centers for creation and interaction.

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
  • Kansas State University, Department of Art
  • University of Kansas, School of the Arts
  • Public School Districts throughout region


Medium (3-8 years)



Cost Details

The cost includes the creation of the non-profit structure for educational programs and arts creation as well as a sustainable funding strategy supported by public and private regional community partnerships. Arts asset mapping will begin the process of determining appropriate locations for incubators throughout the region. Rehabilitation of existing structures will be a significant portion of the cost. If the buildings are a part of a Main Street Revitalization program, it is possible that funding sources from these programs could play a part in opening the doors of each community incubator in addition to local, state, and national arts funding. Another part of the funding strategy for the organization could be developing the incubators as tourism destinations through organizing widely acclaimed exhibitions and workshops for youth and adults in addition to studio space. 

Funding Sources

Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation

  • The goal of all distributions made from the Caroline F. Peine Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the City of Manhattan, Kansas. 

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.

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.

  • 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. 

Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts Matching Grant

  • The first priority of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts grant program is to provide operation or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. The second priority of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts grant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists.  These can be artist residencies in schools, after school summer camps, or adult arts learning classes.

Aaron Siskind Foundation (not Kansas specific)

  • The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art.

Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation (not Kansas specific)

  • The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards to individual artists for the continuation of their work. 

Creative Capital (not Kansas specific)

  • Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. 


Case Study

Art Space (Raleigh, NC) and Mattie Rhodes