Koch Cultural Trust

Established 1986

Pianist Grace Brungardt has received grants to attend the
International Institute for Young Musicians at University
of Kansas and the Piano Academy at Indiana University.

Nearly 30 years ago, Elizabeth B. Koch, wife of Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc., created a way to help a young performer working summer stock in Wichita, Kan., launch a musical career in Europe. That young tenor was the first in a long line of artists to receive support through the Kansas Cultural Trust.

Renamed the Koch Cultural Trust in 2008, the program was inspired by Mary Robinson Koch, an avid patron of the arts. According to Liz Koch, "My mother-in-law was very interested in giving support to existing arts organizations. I was more interested in the creative process of launching people who hoped to become artists. Koch Cultural Trust combines her love of the arts with my love of young people."

The trust has provided grants to artists at varying stages of their careers. Under the guidance of trustee Liz Koch, who is also president of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Cultural Trust has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to outstanding programs and artists – singers, painters, sculptors, dancers and instrumentalists – with roots in Kansas.

KCT Enabling Grants are funded by Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.

For more information, visit www.kochculturaltrust.org.