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Rocket Grants To Help Project Lift Off


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, $40,000 in 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 executive director David Hughes says the projects funded will be outside of established institutions or not likely to attract traditional means of support.

David Hughes: "Rocket Grants will be providing a total of $40,000 per year in cash awards, of up to $4000 each, to area artists. 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.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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