The Spencer Fane law firm will give $50,000 over three years to the Kansas City Art Institute as the first full beneficiary of its Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program.
The firm announced the program Friday and said it would benefit three local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each over the course of three years. The firm, while it evaluates candidates to enter the program in 2016 and 2017, will continue to support two programs it has been involved with, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and ArtsKC — Regional Arts Council. The Rep will rotate out of the program next year, and ArtsKC will be replaced in 2017.
“Spencer Fane has a long history of supporting the arts and innovation community in Kansas City,” said Pat Whalen, the firm’s chairman. “It’s one of our passions, and the firm is deeply committed to growing the city’s cultural life.”
At the Art Institute, interim president Tony Jones said the money would be used to expand scholarships and to support the school’s Art and Design Auction.
Spencer Fane, headquartered in Kansas City, said it plans to expand the program eventually to its Springfield, St. Louis and Denver offices.