Missouri, Kansas arts groups receive $700,000

Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 10:42 a.m. CDT

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.


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