Kansas Arts Commission records
This collection primarily consists of meeting minutes of the Kansas Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC), later the Kansas Arts Commission, from 1966 through 1980. The collection also contains materials about or from conferences that members of the commission attended and minutes and project reviews of the Advisory Panels that were the preliminary reviewing committees for project support applications. There is also some information from other arts organizations, both statewide and national, with which the Kansas Arts Commission was involved.
- Creation: 1965 - 1986
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No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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Administrative History of the Kansas Arts Commission
The Kansas Arts Commission (KAC), formerly called the Kansas Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC), was formed in April 1965 by the enactment of Kansas House Bill 617. The Commission shortened its name to Kansas Arts Commission (KAC) in 1973.
Based in Topeka, Kansas, the commission was made up of 12 gubernatorially-appointed commissioners from the state. The function of the KAC was to "support, foster and develop the arts and their practice within the state" of Kansas; this support was primarily provided through grants and other financial support.
In the spring of 2011 the Kansas Arts Commission lost all independent state funding; in July 2011 it joined with the former Film Commission under the Department of Commerce and became known as the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.
10.5 Linear Feet (12 boxes + 1 volume)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
The major portion of the collection consists of minutes of KAC and KCAC meetings from 1966 through 1980. The function of these meetings was to review project support applications for art projects across Kansas. The collection also contains materials about or from conferences that members of the commission attended, and minutes and project reviews of the Advisory Panels which are the preliminary reviewing committees for project support applications.
The papers also include some records from the Association of Community Art Councils in Kansas, the National Endowment of the Arts, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, and other organizations that KAC is involved with to promote arts at the state and regional level.
An addition to the collection, located at RH MS 1046, contains similar records to the original donation. A scrapbook of newspaper clippings and other items related to the KAC is located at RH MS G66.
RH MS 230
RH MS 1046
RH MS G66
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Mrs. Jack Steineger, Oct. 1977; Mrs. Mildred Ward, Feb. 1980.
Kansas Cultural Arts Commission. The Arts are for Everyone: An Invitation. Wichita, Kan.: Kansas Cultural Arts Commission. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH C2281.
Kansas Cultural Arts Commission. Happenings, KCAC Newsletter. [Wichita, Kan.]: Kansas Cultural Arts Commission. Vol. 1 no. 1 through vol. 3 no. 6 (1967-1970). Located at Spencer Research Library at RH D562.
Informational newsletter about the Kansas Cultural Arts Commission, 1972. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH D2804.
Association of Community Arts Councils of Kansas. Ensemble for the Arts in Kansas. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Ser D956.
Some issues of Ensemble for the Arts in Kansas, a publication of the Association of Community Arts Councils in Kansas, were originally located in this collection. They have been removed and are now located at Spencer Research Library call number RH Ser D956.
- Guide to the Kansas Arts Commission Collection
- Kansas Arts Commission records
- Finding aid compiled by lt June 1980, addition lt Dec. 1982. Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2016; mah, 2019; dsw, 2020.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Kansas Arts Commission records, RH MS 230, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas