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Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art Launch New Project for Innovative Art

Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence are collaborating on a new program called Rocket Grants. With help from a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, direct support will be provided each year for innovative and experimental arts projects. By Laura Spencer

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence are collaborating on a new program called Rocket Grants. With help from a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, direct support will be provided each year for innovative and experimental arts projects.

Rocket Grants are envisioned as a way of enabling artists to take new risks, pursue collaborative projects, and engage the public.

Charlotte Street Foundation Director David Hughes says the projects funded will be outside of established institutions or those not as likely to attract traditional means of support.

"Rocket Grants will be providing a total of $40,000 per year in cash awards, of up to $4000 each, to area artists," says Hughes. "And it's really for the support, creation, and presentation of new work and projects."

Artists, curators, collectives, and artist-run spaces within an 80 mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area are eligible. Applications for the program are due in the spring 2010.

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