The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program (LIAEP) 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.
LIAEP's goal is to encourage and reward dedicated artists with the unique opportunities afforded by travel for the exchange of ideas and expertise between peers. We hope to enrich creative development, expand access to the art of other cultures and deepen mutual understanding across cultures.
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 the Kansas City and the Central Plains/Midwest area receive first priority for funding.
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.