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Gray's Studio receives $75,000 restoration grant

Gray's Photography Studio in St. John, shown in this undated photo, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The state has awarded a $75,000 grant to restore the building and turn it into a studio and living quarters for budding artists.

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ST. JOHN — Plans to restore the historic Gray’s Photography Studio in St. John took a leap forward last week when the state arts commission awarded a $75,000 grant to the non-profit group in charge of the project.
The restored building will serve as an incubator for developing artists and provide cultural and arts programming for St. John and surrounding areas, according to the grant announcement from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC).
The building has studio space, gallery space and living quarters, which will be provided rent-free to budding artists. In exchange, those artists will assist in ...

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