Q: I am planning a two-month long series of engagements with people in the park followed by a culminating exhibition in a gallery in the Crossroads. Will this meet funding priorities?
A: No. This grant will not fund gallery shows in traditional or established arts venues (unless there is a compelling reason for this choice – e.g. alternative docent tours, or a performance intended to ‘comment on’ traditional arts programming), but it could be used for the engagements you envision in the park.
Q: Do you need any documentation confirming the availability of a potential exhibition venue?
A: No, we would take your word on that. If the venue is not confirmed at the time of your application, however, you should address what your options would be if it didn’t come through.
Q: My team thinks our project could benefit a community somewhere on the East side of town, but we don’t really have any contacts over there. Will it be a problem if we identify this as research that we will do after we receive our funding?
A: Although the purpose of offering a Research and Development Award is to allow artists to dig more deeply into complicated work, any proposal to engage with a community without knowing anything about local history, context, networks, leadership and the relevance of your work to the area is problematic. Artists who work in neighborhoods and other kinds of public spaces need to be informed and respectful partners with the community. For this reason we expect that you will initiate conversations and do research about proposed community venues before applying. If you are called in for an interview, the jury will ask you about your relationship with your chosen venue, and fuzziness in this area will not benefit your application.
Q: I am working on submitting a proposal for Charlotte Street’s Open Call. I thought I would also propose the same project for a Rocket Grant. Would La Esquina, under the umbrella of the Charlotte Street Foundation, be considered an “established institution” or within “traditional forms of support?”
A: Venues of the partnering institutions (Spencer and CSF) are specifically NOT available for use for Rocket Grants projects, and ‘double-dipping’ with another partner opportunity would violate the eligibility guidelines connected with providing programming for a non-profit organization. There is, however, a possibility that spin-off material from a Rocket Grants event, performance, intervention etc. would find its way into these venues at a later date, once your project has been completed. The Spencer Museum venue does not include the grounds at KU, so projects could happen around the campus if this is relevant to the proposed project. Please note that we do not consider artist-run spaces to be “established institutions” when the community that the proposal is targeting is the artist community itself.