grants for unconventional, public-facing artwork in surprising places

The Rocket Grants program aims to fuel the energy of the Kansas City regional visual arts community by encouraging and supporting innovative, under-the-radar and public-facing work in non-traditional spaces. To date, the Rocket Grants program has awarded $452,000 to individual artists and collaborative groups. Ninety two diverse projects in cross-disciplinary media have directly involved at least two hundred and thirty five artists. Hundreds of others have been integrally and peripherally included in the performances, publications, workshops, artist-run spaces, videos, public installations, events and websites that the awards have funded.

Rocket Grants were launched by the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the Spencer Museum of Art at KU in Lawrence, KS, with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Each year around ten projects are selected to receive up to $6,000, including eight Project Awards, and two Research & Development Awards.

For more details on our History, see Our Story.

For more details about our Scope, Goals, and Application,  see Our Mission.

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