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Lighton International Artists' Exchange Program (LIAEP) MISSION

The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together in the hope that lasting friendship and understanding will develop. The program provides support for visual artists and arts professionals to travel to international residencies and artist communities and for foreign visual artists to travel to and work in the United States.


Encourage and reward dedicated artists with the unique opportunities afforded by travel and exchange of ideas and expertise between peers; enrich creative development; expand the Kansas City community's access to the art of other cultures; and enlarge the understanding of US culture and life in the world.


The program seeks applications from dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality and whose work and career is at a level to benefit from international exchange with peers. The program is especially interested in funding artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and in funding travel and residencies to countries that are less westernized. Artists from Kansas City and the Central Plains/Midwest area receive first priority for funding. The maximum LIAEP grant is $6,000.


LIAEP is is currently in transition, but will be accepting applications and funding residencies for 2014.
Please check back for application and deadline.


The fund is the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program. All donations will be directly given to artists. I take no commission.

Recent Article on Grant Recipient:
Pakistani artist Asheer Akram turns a Chevy truck into a canvas on wheels.
The truck is on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KC, MO.
Story by Darryl Levings, Photos by Rich Sugg, The Kansas City Star Magazine, August 30, 2013.

July 2011 article: Lighton program makes ambassadors of artists
by Alice Thorson, The Kansas City Star, July 1, 2011.

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