So far, seven rounds of Rocket Grants Awards have been made to artists who live within an 80-mile radius of downtown Kansas City – which includes Lawrence, KS, Topeka, KS, St. Joseph, MO, Warrensburg, MO and Sedalia,MO (see map).
Rocket Grants are specifically intended to encourage work that is inventive and “under the radar”, and that engages or benefits an audience somewhere outside of traditional or established arts venues. Selections are evaluated not only on the artistic merits of the proposed projects, but also on their capacity to stimulate further growth in a diverse and supportive art ecology.
Final selections are made in May of each year to identify the ten or so projects that will be awarded a Rocket Grant. In June we hold an Awards Ceremony to honor the recipients and share their proposals with the Kansas City regional community. We choose a place outside of mainstream arts venues to reflect the non-traditional spaces the projects in this program are asked to inhabit.
The images in this slide show were taken at the reception to honor awarded artists on June 2, 2016, at The KCAI Center for Contemporary Practices, on Grand Avenue in Kansas City, MO. Images courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.
Images from previous gatherings: