KANSAS CITY — Eleven arts agencies in Missouri and Kansas will split $700,000 in federal stimulus money aimed at preserving jobs during the down economy.
The National Endowment for the Arts this week announced the one-time grants, part of $29.7 million distributed nationwide. The funds are meant to help organizations in danger of laying off staff because of a drop in regular financial support.
Missouri received 10 grants worth $650,000, the largest being $250,000 for the Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City. Kansas received a single $50,000 grant for Topeka-based Van Go Mobile Arts.
In April, the NEA awarded a separate round of grants that included about $300,000 for the Kansas Arts Council and $320,200 for the Missouri State Council on the Arts. The group also gave $444,100 to the Kansas City-based Mid-America Arts Alliance, which serves six states.