The ArtsKC Resource Center is dedicated to our mission—unleashing the power of the arts—by helping artists and arts organizations locate resources which will enable them to be successful in the industry. We offer information on local and national arts organizations, finding funding, and professional development.

Because new resources and information are constantly becoming available, we encourage you to help contribute to the Resource Center. If you know of a resource that you think is worth sharing, you can submit it using the form provided in the Submit a Resource tab.

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Advocacy

Americans for the Arts

About: Americans for the Arts provides tools, research & training that helps everyone, from arts officials to ordinary citizens advocate for the arts.

Website: http://www.americansforthearts.org/advocate

Arts Education Partnership

About: AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations. AEP serves as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, improving arts education practice, and researching how art influences and strengthens American Education. We serve our Partner Organizations by providing priority access to research and information, and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors on key education issues, which benefits their work with their constituents in schools and communities nationwide.

Director: Sandra Ruppert

Website: http://www.aep-arts.org/about-aep/missionoverview/

ArtsKC Advocacy 

About:  This area of our site is dedicated to providing you with the tools and information you need to become an informed and effective arts advocate and activist.

Website: http://cqrcengage.com/artskc/home

Kansas Citizens for the Arts

About: The Kansas Citizens for the Arts is a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals and businesses who care about the future of the state of Kansas, working to build support among the public, community leadership and elected officials.

Email: kansascitizens@gmail.com

Website: http://www.kansasarts.org/

Missouri Citizens for the Arts

About: Missouri Citizens for the Arts is a non-partisan, state-wide, grass roots organization that advocates to secure stable financial support for the arts to benefit Missouri and its citizens.

Executive Director – Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Email: director@mo4arts.org

Website: http://www.mo4arts.org/

Theatre Communications Group

About: Theatre Communications Group is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, DC, and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations and other significant government opportunities and issues.

Executive Director – Teresa Eyring

Website: https://www.tcg.org/advocacy/index.cfm

Councils, Commissions & Alliances

National

Americans for the Arts

Mission: Our mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

Director: Robert L. Lynch

Website: http://www.americansforthearts.org/

Fractured Atlas, Inc.

Mission: Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Offers fiscal sponsorships.

Executive Director: Adam Huttler

Website: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/

National Endowment for the Arts

Mission: The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Chairman: Jane Chu

Website: http://arts.gov/

Local

Arts Council of Johnson County

Mission: The Arts Council of Johnson County enhances the quality of life in the community by strengthening the Arts.

Executive Director: Sarah VanLanduyt

Website: http://www.artsjoco.org/

Arts Council of Raytown

Mission: The Raytown Arts Council works to coordinate the efforts of community leaders, business interests, artist, civic organizations, and area schools. To bring to the Raytown community innovative opportunities to enjoy, appreciate, and participate in the creative arts. To bring performances of music, dance, and theatre to the Raytown community and arrange for an appropriate venue for the enjoyment of the visual and literary creative arts. To recognize and honor student and adult accomplishments in the creative arts. To support a comprehensive creative arts program as a fundamental element in the schools’ program of instruction. To provide continued support of creative arts events produced by schools in the C-2 District.

President: Alyse Stoll

Website: http://raytownarts.com/

ArtsKC Regional Arts Council

Mission: The mission of ArtsKC is to unleash the power of the arts.

Interim President & CEO: Dana Knapp

Website: https://artskc.org/

Bonner Springs Arts Alliance

Mission: The mission of the Bonner Springs Arts Alliance is to provide creative and artistic opportunities and education for all ages in the literary, performing, and visual arts, and to promote art appreciation and participation in the Bonner Springs community and surrounding area.

Website: http://www.bonnerspringsartsalliance.org/

Cultural Arts Coalition of Eastern Jackson County

Mission: The Cultural Arts Coalition of Eastern Jackson County is the umbrella arts advocacy organization representing more than 30 arts, cultural and historic organizations. CAC of EJC is a not-for-profit 501C(3) organization. CAC inspires unity in the diversified disciplines of the arts, motivates networking with arts
participants and recipients and encourages “mentoring” in the arts for youth and adults. CAC membership is making a positive impact in the Eastern Jackson County communities.

President: Joyce Kuhn

Website: http://artsejc.org/

Independence Arts Commissioner & Cultural Arts Commission

About: The purpose of the Commission is to plan, promote and encourage public awareness of, accessibility to, participation in, and support for the artistic and cultural development of the City of Independence; forge partnerships with private and/or public organizations in and around Jackson County to promote and support the visual arts; and serve as an advisory body to the Mayor and make recommendations to the City Council regarding the establishment and implementation of arts and cultural policies and programs.

Website: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/BoardsComDetails?id=56

InterUrban ArtHouse

Mission:  The Mission of the InterUrban ArtHouse is to enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of the community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment.

Founder & Executive Director: Nicole Emanuel

Website: http://interurbanarthouse.org/

KC Northeast Arts

Mission: The Mission of Northeast Arts KC is to provide, enhance, fund, market and support cultural events which bring the visual and the performance arts to the public in the Historic Northeast community, without regard to race, religion or ethnic group.
We create programs that beautify and increase the viability of the Historic Northeast. We inspire neighbors to infuse art into practical work and everyday living. We nurture appreciation of the arts within our own community.

President: Rebecca Koop

Website: http://www.northeastartskc.org/

Leawood Arts Council

Mission: The Leawood Arts Council is dedicated to establishing a unique artistic program that will enhance the cultural life of the City of Leawood and the citizens which its serves.

Chair: Mary Tearney

Website: http://www.leawood.org/committees/culturalart/artscouncilnew.aspx

Lee’s Summit Arts Council

Mission: The Lee’s Summit Arts Council promotes, develops, strengthens and advocates for the arts in Lee’s Summit. The Council is recognized for its success in cultivating arts of excellence, enhancing the quality of life of our citizens, and advancing economic and arts development through the arts in Lee’s Summit.
The Council will support and collaborate with Lee’s Summit arts organizations, artists, arts educators, and independent art programs to increase the public’s awareness, opportunities, and participation in the Arts. The Council identifies the cultural arts to include but does not limit it to, performing arts, music, visual arts, multimedia arts, literary arts, arts and crafts, folk art, and historic architecture/sites.

Website: http://cityofls.net/Parks/Boards-and-Commissions/Lees-Summit-Arts-Council.aspx

Lenexa Arts Council

Mission: The goal of the Lenexa Arts Council is to serve the community by stimulating an awareness in the arts for Lenexa residents. The council coordinates resources to develop, sustain and promote high-quality programs and events throughout the area.

Website: http://www.lenexa.com/parks/art_council.html

Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mission: Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens communities and improves lives through extraordinary cultural experiences. In partnership with the state art agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, M-AAA stretches the boundaries of the heartland to include national and international programs and arts activities.

Chief Executive Officer: Mary Kennedy

Website: http://www.maaa.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t8.asp?docid=514&DocName=HOME

Missouri Arts Council

Mission: The Missouri Arts Council-as public leader, partner, and catalyst – is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and availability of the arts in the state and fostering the diversity, vitality, and excellence of Missouri’s communities, economy and cultural heritage.

Executive Director: Michael Donovan

Website: https://www.missouriartscouncil.org

Municipal Arts Commission, Kansas City

About: The Municipal Art Commission oversees the administration of the Kansas City One Percent for Art Program. Through the One Percent for Art Program, the mission of the Municipal Art Commission is to serve as a catalyst for artistic growth and aesthetic excellence in our communities, and in doing so, enhance the vitality of Kansas City and enrich the lives of our residents. Municipal Art Commission

Public Art Administrator: Porter Arneill

Website: http://kcmo.gov/generalservices/municipal-art-commission-2/

Office of Culture and Creative Services, Kansas City

About: The Office of Culture and Creative Services was initiated through recommendations provided as part of a recent report from the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts. The Task Force for the Arts Cultural Planning Group was formed to develop a roadmap for City leaders to fully embrace and codify arts and culture in its operations, by providing specific strategies to support arts education, increase tourism, and leverage technology to benefit the arts.

Director: Megan Crigger

Website: http://kcmo.gov/citymanagersoffice/

Olathe Arts Alliance

Mission: The Olathe Arts Alliance supports the arts in Olathe by supporting and promoting our member

organizations: Olathe Civic Band, Olathe Community Orchestra, Olathe Community Theatre Association, Olathe

Visual Artists, Olathe Youth Symphony, and Trails West Barbershop Chorus.

Website: http://www.olathearts.org/index.html

Prairie Village Arts Council

Mission: The Prairie Village Arts Council is a volunteer committee of the City of Prairie Village, working with the

Prairie Village Municipal Foundation to foster cultural awareness and development in the City of Prairie Village.

Website: http://pvkansas.com/city-government/city-committees/prairie-village-arts-council

Roeland Park Arts Commission

Mission: The program, started in 2007, is a vision of the City which through the Arts Committee offers Art in public spaces for the community to enjoy.

Art Commissioner: George Schlegel

Website: http://www.roelandpark.net/city-services/arts/

Volunteer

Looking for volunteer opportunities with local arts organizations? Below are links to the volunteer resources of many ArtsKC supported organizations and programs.


Accessible Arts http://accessiblearts.org/help/volunteer
American Jazz Museum http://americanjazzmuseum.org/support/volunteer-opportunities/
Arts in Prison http://www.artsinprison.org/support/
Bach Aria Soloists http://bachariasoloists.com/support/volunteer/
City in Motion Dance Theater http://www.cityinmotion.org/#!support/c1wjo
Coterie Theatre http://thecoterie.org/volunteer#.Vl4JLHarSUk
Folk Alliance International http://www.folk.org/?page=Volunteer
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival http://www.kcshakes.org/?page=volunteer
InterUrban ArtHouse http://interurbanarthouse.org/volunteer/
Kansas City Art Institute http://donate.kcai.edu/getinvolved/engage_and_volunteer
Kansas City Artists Coalition http://kansascityartistscoalition.org/supportVolunteer.php
Kansas City Ballet https://www.kcballet.org/donate/volunteer/
Kansas City Boys Choir http://www.kcboychoir.org/volunteer/
Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival http://kcchalkandwalk.org/become-a-volunteer/
Kansas City Civic Orchestra http://kccivic.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey http://www.kcfaa.org/volunteers/
Kansas City Repertory Theatre http://www.kcrep.org/volunteer
Kansas City Senior Theatre http://www.kcseniortheatre.org/#!content-creativity/c380
Kansas City Symphony https://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/BrowseAct/Volunteer
Kansas City Young Audiences http://kcya.org/?page=volunteer
KC Clay Guild http://www.kcclayguildstudios.org/volunteer.html
KC Fringe Festival http://kcfringe.org/volunteer/
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art https://www.kemperart.org/volunteer-internships
Mid America Freedom Band http://www.freedomband.com/p/volunteer.html
Midwest Music Foundation http://midwestmusicfound.org/volunteer-with-mmf/
Nerman Museum of Contermporary Art http://www.nermanmuseum.org/join/volunteer.html
Olathe Civic Theatre Association http://olathetheatre.org/volunteer/
Owen/Cox Dance  http://www.owencoxdance.org/volunteer.html
Paul Mesner Puppets http://www.paulmesnerpuppets.org/index.php/donation/volunteers
PerformOUTKC http://www.performoutkc.org/volunteer.html
The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City http://philharmoniaweb.wix.com/philharmonia#!volunteer/c1w10
Skills to Succeed/Create Art Studio http://www.theskillstosucceed.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Spinning Tree Theatre http://spinningtreetheatre.com/homepage/contact-us/
Starlight Theatre https://www.kcstarlight.com/community-outreach/volunteer
StoneLion Puppet Theatre http://stonelionpuppets.org/contact-us.html
The Culture House http://culturehouse.com/    via “ENGAGE” tab
Summerfest Concerts http://summerfestkc.org/about-us/get-involved/
The Barn Players http://www.thebarnplayers.org/support/
The Folly Theater http://follytheater.org/volunteers/
The Friends of Chamber Music http://www.chambermusic.org/volunteers.html
One Kansas City Radio http://www.onekcradio.org/#!volunteer/c14ql
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra http://www.kcchamberorchestra.org/form.html
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art http://www.nelson-atkins.org/join-give/volunteer/
Unicorn Theatre http://www.unicorntheatre.org/?page=support-us-volunteer
WaterFire Kansas City http://www.waterfirekc.com/donate.html
Westport Center for the Arts http://wcakc.org/join/volunteer/
Whispering Prairie Press http://www.wppress.org/main/thank-you/
Wonderscope Children’s Museum http://www.wonderscope.org/get-involved/volunteer/
The Writers Place http://www.writersplace.org/volunteer

Know of a non-profit arts organization that you want added to this list? Email developmentintern@artskc.org with any suggestions.

Exhibition & Studio Spaces

50/50

About: We are a platform for fostering progressive dialogues of equally exhibited local and national artists. With an emphasis on exhibiting emerging to mid-career artists who take risks within varying disciplines, 50/50 will broaden Kansas City’s art ecology. Constructed from two shipping containers, the venue will expand on the concept of 50/50 while activating unused urban space in the West Bottoms.

The concept of 50/50, of two parts equaling one whole, is represented not only in the physical structure but through the ways in which it is integrated into our curatorial platforms.

Contact: Cambria Potter – Director & Curator

Email: info5050kc@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.5050kc.com/

ArtsKC Now Showing

About: Now Showing is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and businesses by providing opportunities for Kansas City metro-area artists to display their work in local business spaces.

Contact: Erinn Faulconer – Programs Manager

Email: Faulconer@ArtsKC.org

Website: http://artskc.org/nowshowing/#tab-id-2

Englewood Station Arts District

About: Englewood Station is a place of charming shops, beauty-filled galleries, rich dining options, significant local history, and unique people. Located in Independence, Missouri.

Website: http://www.englewoodstation.com/#!for-artists/c9rv

Kansas City Artists Coalition

About: GOALS- to provide arists with a supportive environment, time, and a large studio space to create art that others in the Kansas City community will be able to view and/or learn from; to enrich the resident artists’ experiences by encouraging travel and the importance of intercultural connections; to promote the value of exchanging ideas among art-producing peers.

President: Jefferson Blair

email: information@kansascityartistscoalition.org

Website: http://www.kansascityartistscoalition.org/

KCAI Artspace

About: The H &R Block Artspace is dedicated to presenting innovating, high-quality exhibitions of regional, national and international art; creating unique opportunities for local and regional artists and sustaining a strong regional arts community; and fostering active awareness, support and participation in the visual arts and visual art education.

Contact: Raechell Smith – Director & Curator

Email: rmsmith@kcai.edu

Website: http://www.kcai.edu/artspace

KCMO Municipal Art Commission

About: Artists can subscribe to receive information by signing up for the Public Art Opportunities email list.

Website: http://webfusion.kcmo.org/ColdFusionApps/listbot/index.cfm

Pressroom Studios

About: Pressroom Studios is a collective of ten artists working in many different mediums and pursuing a number of artistic endeavors. The artists currently inhabiting the studios have created various works ranging from illuminated sculpture, to painting, to fiber work. Pressroom Studios is open to the public on the second 2 Friday of the month from 5-8pm, hosting open studios, conducting shows, and sharing new works with the community.

Email: studiospressroom@yahoo.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pressroom-Studios/140154539387246?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal

The Hobbs Building

About: The Hobbs Building, built in 1904, is located in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. The distinctive seven-story brick building that was once used for furniture manufacturing is now made up of artists’ studios, making it a unique art destination in one of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods.

Contact: Summit Capital Management

Phone: (816)421-4343

Website: http://hobbsbuilding.com/

The Studios, Inc.

About: The Studios, Inc. provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City and serves more than 20,000 community residents and visitors each year!

Contact: Colby K. Smith – Managing Director

Email: director@thestudiosinc.org

Website: http://thestudiosinc.org/

Festivals

ArtFairCalendar.com 

About: The #1 juried fine art fair listing website promoting attendance at art fairs, craft shows, and art festivals nationwide.

Website: http://www.artfaircalendar.com/

Brookside Art Annual 

About: The Brookside Art Annual is produced by the Brookside Business Association. It is a non-profit organization of merchants working to promote and improve the community in the heart of Kansas City. Dominated by quaint neighborhoods, the Brookside neighborhood becomes the center of the Midwest art community each May. The Brookside Art Annual is known for its festive atmosphere, hospitality, convenience, and has become a must-attend event for artists and art seekers alike.

Website: http://www.brooksidekc.org/bba/art-annual

First Friday

About: On the First Friday of every month, thousands of residents and visitors fill the sidewalks of the Crossroads in Kansas City. Arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses feature regional and national artists as well as live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity for artist and performers to gain valuable experience showing their talents in front of a crowd!

Website: http://kccrossroads.org/first-fridays/

Folk Alliance International

About: FAI has provided advocacy, support, networking, showcase opportunities and professional development services for the international folk music community. With more than 3,000 members worldwide, the annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community, and one of the five largest music conferences in North America (and one of the friendliest).

Members of FAI include individuals, organizations and businesses. The conference draws over 2,500 artists, presenters, agents, managers, music support services reps, manufacturers, record companies, publishers, radio DJs, funders and others that work in the field.

Website: http://www.folkalliance.org/

Free State Festival

About: The Lawrence Arts Center invites you to enjoy new independent films, innovating outdoor art installations and performance events, live music, and thought-provoking discussions about art, film, technology and politics throughout downtown and along the 9th Street Corridor in the Lawrence Cultural District.

Website:  http://lawrenceartscenter.org/free-state-festival/

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

About: Founded in 1991 by Tony award-winning Broadway producer Marilyn Strauss, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival launched its first season in 1993 in Southmoreland Park. Since then, more than 500,000 theatergoers from 42 states and 11 countries have shared in the classical professional productions the Festival presents each summer.

Website: http://www.kcshakes.org/index.php

KC Fringe

About: KC Fringe is a Missouri-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to connect adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. The KC Fringe Festival, an annual 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza. It straddles a thin, frayed line between mass appeal and eclectic tastes. Fringe links these two worlds together, showing that it is the bridge you take to be inspired and entertained no matter what your taste may be. Below is what you can expect to experience at Fringe.

Website: http://www.kcfringe.org/

Plaza Art Fair 

About: After celebrating its 83rd year in 2014 with 240 artists from across the country, the Plaza Art Fair has impressively become a top-ranked, national art event. But, perhaps even more impressively, it continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.

Website: https://countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-art-fair/artist-application-info/

Westport Art Fair

About: The annual festival has become a Kansas City tradition and is a favorite among local artists. The three-day event will take place in Historic Westport, providing the perfect backdrop for a “Kansas City” Artists Fair. Top artists from around the Metro will line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and much more.

Website: http://www.artwestport.net/

Funding

Funding for Individuals

ArtsKC Inspiration Grants

About:  Inspiration Grants from the ArtsKC Fund provide professional development support for artists and arts administrators. This is a competitive grant process through which individuals must apply each year, and grants are determined by a panel of volunteers from the arts, business, and civic communities. The highest priorities for funding are projects or activities with the potential to have substantial impact on the career development and working capacity or efficiency of the individuals involved.

Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant must be an adult resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area with an established record of professional achievement in the arts. Artists should be able to demonstrate a history of or the potential for deriving income from the sale, exhibition or presentation of their work or art practice. Arts professionals should be currently employed either on a full or part time basis in an arts-related position. An applicant may receive only one Inspiration award during the one year period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Award Amounts: Range from $250-$2,500

Important Dates: Applications for Inspiration Grants from the ArtsKC Fund will be reviewed and approved every three months.

Website: https://artskc.org/artskcfund/getfunding/inspirationresources/

Art Through Architecture

About: The mission of AtA is to support artists and the arts community in the Kansas City area and to enrich architectural practices and architect-client relationships bu providing architects and clients with incentives and tools to collect, commission, place, and integrate artwork by Kansas City artists into their processes and projects.

Website: http://www.artarch.org/

Creative Writing Fellowships – National Endowment for the Arts 

About: The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to publish creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowship program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships available in alternative years.

Contact: LitFellowships@arts.gov

Award Amounts: Offers $25,000 grants

Website: http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships

Harpo Foundation – Grants for Visual Artists

About: The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art. We view the definitions of art and artist to be open-ended and expansive.

Eligibility:

  • Self-defined under recognized visual artist 21 years or older
  • United States citizen
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Not a previous recipient of a direct grant. Artists who have been supported by organizational grants in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

Award Amount: Awards are made of up to $10,000

Website: http://www.harpofoundation.org/grants-for-visual-artists/

Office of Culture and Creative Services – Micro-loan for Artists Programs

About: The City of Kansas City, MO Office of Culture and Creative Services, in specific partnerships, offers two different Microloan services.

ArtCap Micro-loan Program: Launched in partnership with AltCap (a community development financial institution) in February 2016, this expanded micro-loan program for Kansas City artists is also committed to connecting artists to business development services that will support their art practices.

Justine Petersen Micro-loan Program: The program will accommodate artists’ specific needs by preparing customized microloans through Justine Petersen, a nonprofit lending agency. This program, piloted in partnership with Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City in June 2015, loaned $32,000 to nine artists. An additional appropriation of $400,000 was approved by City Council for artist loans.

Eligibility: Funding is available to any type of artist in Kansas or Missouri including painters, sculptors, actors, and vocalists.

Award Amount: Artists can borrow anywhere from $500 to $50,000 for short term periods with low, varying interest rates.

Website: http://kcmo.gov/citymanagersoffice/creative-services/

Film Development Program
The purpose of the program, a joint effort between the OCCS and Kansas City Film & Media Office (a part of VisitKC), is to increase the number of film productions in the City, increase and sustain the number of local jobs in the industry, strengthen the City’s national reputation as a place for creative businesses, and promote the unique features, characteristics and assets within Kansas City neighborhoods. This program was passed by City Council in February 2016 and officially launched on May 31, 2016. Information about the program, including eligibility and document requirements, is available at VisitKC.

Rocket Grants – Charlotte Street Foundation

About: Rocket Grants enable individuals and groups of artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and purse collaborative projects and engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. Rocket

Grants fund projects that: happy in surprising places, challenge mainstream methods of thinking, making or presentation, add energy and diversity to regional art ecology, encourage the development of new kinds of audiences, address and provide opportunities for creative growth to either the artists community or the general public.

Eligibility: Artists, curators, collectives, collaborative, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within an 80-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Lawrence, Kansas, are eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations, current students or recent undergraduate students are not eligible. Artists may not receive a Rocket Grant two years in a row.

Award Amounts: $2,000-$6,000

Website: http://rocketgrants.org/about/

Theatre Communications Group

About: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) provides information on grants for individuals, specifically, actors, directors, writers, and theatre professionals.

Website: https://www.tcg.org/grants/individual.cfm

Translation Projects – National Endowment for the Arts

About: Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English

Award Amounts: Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending on the artistic excellence and merit of the project.

Website: http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/translation-projects

Funding for Organizations

Arts & Culture Program – The Kresge Foundation

About: The national Arts and Culture Program focuses on the role arts and culture play in re-energizing the communities that have long been central to America’s social and economic life. We believe that arts and culture are an integral part of life and, when embedded in cross-sector revitalization activity, can contribute to positive and enduring economic, physical, social and cultural change in communities.

We seek to make arts and culture as central to discussions of rebuilding and reinvigorating metropolitan areas as lang use, housing, transportation, economic development and other more traditional disciplines. At Kresge, we use the term creative placemaking to refer simply to the deliberate integration of arts and culture in revitalization work; our grantmaking and investments focus on interdisciplinary approaches to the broad field of community revitalization.

Focus Areas:

  • Pioneering New Approaches – pilot projects that test the integration of arts and culture within other sectors and disciplines. By supporting and documenting pioneering approaches to creative placemaking, we expect to gain a deeper understanding of key creative placemaking approaches and impacts that can be widely employed.
  • Harvesting Leading Practices –  promote the adoption of tested creative placemaking practices and will invest in work that advances that goal. Knowing that placemaking respects the uniqueness of communities, we expect the spread of successful practices will come through adaption rather than replication. We partner with national nonprofit and public-sector networks involved in community revitalization to bring tested creative placemaking practice into wider use. We believe that partnering with these networks has a high potential for widespread adoption of proven concepts.

Website: http://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture

Challenge America – National Endowment for the Arts

About: Supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to undeserved populations.

Award Amounts: Matching grants generally range from $10,000

Website: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description

Harpo Foundation – New Work Project Grants 

About: New Work Project Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older.

Eligibility:

  • Tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organizations
  • Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year
    Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year
  • Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax exempt activities and structure.

Award Amount: Awards are made of up to $10,000

Website: http://www.harpofoundation.org/new-work-project-grants/

Arts & Culture – Francis Family Foundation 

About: The Small Arts Grant Fund application is available the first week in July each year and due the end of August.  An invitation is never needed to apply.  Grants to large and mid-size arts organizations (with budgets over $300,000) are considered by the Foundation on an invitation only basis, primarily to organizations that were grant recipients in the prior year.

Website: http://www.francisfoundation.org/grants/

Missouri Arts Council

About: The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and division of the Department of Economic Development, provides grants to nonprofit organizations that meet our strategic goals to: Increase participation in the arts in Missouri, grow Missouri’s economy using the arts, and strengthen Missouri education through the arts.

The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout Missouri. In addition to financial assistance, we provide expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grantwriting, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media) and more.

Award Amounts:

  • Monthly grants- $300-$3,000
  • Annual grants- $1,500-$300,000

Important Dates:

  • Monthly grants- Due the first Monday of the month
  • Annual grants- Due the last Monday in February

Website: http://mac.culturegrants.org/navigation/links/page/mac-grants

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

About: Funding is provided for general operations, program support, specific productions, fundraising events and capital campaigns. Supports tax-exempt organizations that are classified under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code that enhance the quality and accessibility of the arts in the greater Kansas City community.

Award Amounts: Amounts vary

Important Dates: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Website: http://murielmcbrienkauffmanfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=53

Our Town – National Endowment for the Arts 

About: Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas. Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. Projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking.

Award Amounts: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design projects- Matching grants range from $25,000-$200,000. Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking- Matching grants range from $25,000-$100,000

Website: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction

Research: Art Works – National Endowment for the Arts

About: The Research: Art Works category supports research projects to analyze the value and impact of the arts in the United States.

Award Amounts: Generally range from $10,000-$30,000

Website: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/research-art-works

Small Arts Grant Fund – Francis Family Foundation

About: Recognizing the arts are more accessible when located within venues where people live and work, the Francis Family Foundation created the Small Arts Grant Fund. A wide range of grassroots programs are supported throughout the region.

Eligibility: Organizations located within the greater Kansas City area that are tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public charity with a federal Employer Identification Number, or partner with another organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor, and an arts organization with annual revenues of less than $300,000 last fiscal year. OR a non-arts organization with a community-based arts program that provides access to arts and culture opportunities in traditional and nontraditional sites throughout the greater Kansas City area.

Award Amounts: Small Arts Grant Fund requests cannot exceed $10,000

Website: http://www.francisfoundation.org/grants/

The Hall Family Foundation

About: Grants in The Arts encourage excellence in the community’s performing and visual arts organizations. Top priority is given to programs that enhance quality, strengthen management and increase audience development. While larger, established arts groups take priority, we also invest in smaller groups that fill a specific arts niche.
Preference is given to programs that: create long term solutions, respond to and positively impact the community, promote excellence, have the capacity to achieve the desired results through leadership, management and financial resources, are innovative and catalytic, have the likelihood of future support for ongoing operating costs, do not compete with government programs, and cooperate with other community resources and agencies.

Award Amounts: Amounts vary

Important Dates: Requests can be submitted at any time & are accepted and reviewed on a year-round basis.

Website: http://hallfamilyfoundation.org/

The NonProfit Times Grants Page 

About: Welcome to The NonProfit Times’ Grants page. We realize looking for grant opportunities can be time consuming. Knowing how critical grants are to funding various projects, we want to make it easy for you to find the grant you are looking for. Click on the categories below to see the latest grants available.

Awards Amounts: Amounts vary

Website: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/grants/

Theatre Communications Group 

About: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) provides information for funding for organizations in three areas:

  • Audience R(E)volution – a four-stage program that offers TCG Member Theatres the opportunity to study, promote and support successful audience engagement and community development models.
  • Leadership U[niversity]: Continuing Ed – this initiative prepares recipients from all areas of the theatre for greater leadership responsibilities and long-term careers in the theatre, in two areas: one-on-one for career leaders and Continuing Ed for mid-career or veteran professionals.
  • MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It – Think It grants ($25,000) for research and development. Do It grants ($50,000) support the implementation and testing.

Website: https://www.tcg.org/grants/institution.cfm

Networking

Crossroads Art District 

About: The home of First Fridays, the Crossroads is an “eclectic enclave of boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries.”

Website: http://kccrossroads.org/arts

Hello Art

About: Hello Art offers fun and informative events that help connect artists with those who appreciate their work. Hello Art aims to break down the barriers that prevent people from exploring Kansas City’s art community.

Executive Director: Kelly Jander

Contact: kelly@helloart.org

Website: http://www.helloart.org/

Kansas Artists 

About: A blog that posts information on arts education, exhibits, calls for art, classes and workshops, news and other special interests. Allows blog visitors to submit events, news articles, and more. Artists are also able to add their professional webpages to the artists directory.

Contact: info@kansas-artist.com

Website: http://kansas-artist.com/

KC Black ArtistsNetwork 

About: KC Black AristsNetwork is an online directory and events calendar for the black arts community in Kansas City. It’s purpose is to serve as a catalyst for cultivating audiences and building stronger relationships with local artists and art enthusiasts. This central resource makes it easy to find black artists in various disciplines, support events featuring black artists and connect to other like minded people interested in the black arts community. CONNECT  SUPPORT  LEARN

Contact: ramona@kcblackartistsnetwork.com

Website: http://kcblackartistsnetwork.com/

Placemaking
Professional Development

Artist INC 

About: Career Resources for Artists- Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the UMKC Innovation Center. Originally launched in 2007 as KCArtistLink, Artist INC connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.

Contact: Lisa Cordes

Email: lisa@artistinckc.com

Website: http://www.artistinckc.com/artist-inc-community/kansas-city

Staying Indie Workshop

About: Staying Indie is a consulting practice serving self-employed creatives in the Kansas City metro region. We educate the local community of illustrators, musicians, painters, craftsmen, dancers, actors, photographers, writers, and other fledgling to mid-career freelancers on the ways they can sustainably afford self-employment, while considering the contingencies needed to help them stay in the game.

Contact: Joe Gauer

Email: joe@stayingindie.com

Phone: 816-585-4046

Class Time: Thursday, August 13, 7:00-8:00 pm at InterUrban House

Website: http://www.stayingindie.com

Expertise

In the current business environment where anyone can call themselves an “expert”, having online portfolios aren’t just for certain fields or industries anymore. The importance of having a professional online presence is more important than ever. An online portfolio will allow experts to share and showcase their work to differentiate themselves from other. For this reason, my team of researchers and I have developed a guide that is intended to help web developers and designers clearly explain and showcase the value that they bring.

Website: http://www.expertise.com/easy-steps-to-create-a-beautiful-design-portfolio/

Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA)

About: KCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines. Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.

Contact: Danielle Merrick – Executive Director

Phone: (816)974-8522

Website: http://www.kcvlaa.org/index.htm

Latinos Writer Collective 

About: The Latino Writers Collective (LWC) is a group of Latino writers living and working in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. Through bi-weekly meetings and critiques, the LWC helps hone and polish the work of its members for publication. In addition to creative support, the LWC organizes and coordinates projects for the larger community to showcase national and local Latino writers and provide role models and instruction to Latino youth. The LWC’s mission as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is to foster an environment where the voices of Latino students, blue collar workers, professionals, and homemakers can be heard, contributing their experience and vision to the larger community.

Email: latinowriters@gmail.com

Website: http://www.latinowriterscollective.org/index.html

National Arts Administration and Policy Publications Database (NAAPPD)

Enables users to access current and historical information on a multitude of topics related to arts administration and policy. The database contains over 7,000 records-providing arts administrators, policy researchers, and advocates with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice and arts administration resources and best practices

Website: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/national-arts-administration-and-policy-publications-database-naappd

Pushing The Flywheel Blog

About: The blog serves as an ongoing resource for the 200+ artists who are alumni of Artist INC. For them, “pushing the flywheel” is not only the final lesson of the Artists INC workshop, it represents the hard work and eventual momentum that comes as they take control of their careers.

Website: http://pushingtheflywheel.com/

The Writers Place

About: The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. Our role is to provide support, resources, guidance, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the word as art.

Contact: Don Adams – Membership Coordinator

Email: dadams@writersplace.org

Website: http://www.writersplace.org/

The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center

About: AHIRC.org is an up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers and the self-employed. The health care reform legislation passed by Congress will finally make health insurance available and affordable for the American artist. As the changes begin, AHIRC is here to guide you through the legislation and how it will affect the visual and performing arts and entertainment communities. Our mission is insure every artist in the United States.

Website: http://www.ahirc.org/ 

The Studios, Inc. 

About: The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City and serves more than 20,000 community residents and visitors each year!

Contact: Colby K. Smith – Managing Director

Email: director@thestudiosinc.org

Website: http://thestudiosinc.org/

Publications

American Theatre Magazine

About: American Theatre is the national monthly magazine for the American professional not-for-profit theatre, informing readers about important work and significant issues affecting theatre art and practice.

Website: https://www.tcg.org/publications/index.cfm

BLOUIN ARTINFO

About: BLOUIN ARTINFO is the preeminent global source for up-to-the-minute news, information, and expert commentary on art, artists, and the business and pleasure of making, buying, and understanding art.

Website: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/

Ink – Kansas City Culture & Entertainment 

About: The definitive lifestyle and entertainment publication for local young professionals.

Website: http://www.inkkc.com/

Kansas City Stage Magazine 

About: KC Stage Magazine is the most comprehensive resource of performing arts for the Kansas City metro area, covering theatre, dance, music, and independent film. The monthly print magazine and website provides event listings and articles about the performing arts and film industries in and around the Kansas City metro area, and occasionally items that are regional or national. There are over 200 arts organizations registered with KC Stage, from Lawrence to Warrensburg, including every level of expertise from educational to professional.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/KCStageMagazine/timeline

KC Live Arts 

About: KC Live Arts highlights the best of Kansas City’s performing arts, offering last-minute ticket deals and providing insider information to keep you informed and local-scene savy! Theatre, Music, Dance, Opera…whatever your taste, KC Live Arts has the information you need to enjoy what’s happening in Kansas City.

Website: http://kclivearts.org/

KC Metropolis 

About: Kansas City’s Online Journal of the Arts. KCMetropolis.org’s mission is to promote traditional and new classical music, dance, theatre, independent film, jazz, world music and the visual arts.

If you would like to send a press release about an upcoming arts event, please send to  press@KCMetropolis.org

Website: http://kcmetropolis.org/

KC Studio Magazine

About: KC Studio is a unique lifestyle magazine that is anchored in the arts and culture. It features the visual, cinematic and performing arts as well as cultural events and lifestyle topics, such as dining and home improvement. Published six times a year, KC Studio examines the people that make Kansas City a vibrant arts and culture community.

Website: http://kcstudio.org/

National Endowment for the Arts Publication Database

About: A comprehensive database of arts publications.

Website: http://arts.gov/publications

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

About: Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy- related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

Website: http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/

Publications About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 

About: These publications includes The Guide to the NEA, which presents information on programs and deadlines for grant applications.

Website: http://arts.gov/about/publications

The Pitch

About: Kansas City’s weekly alternative newspaper featuring news, arts, entertainment, reviews, and classifieds.

Website: http://www.pitch.com/

The Wallace Foundation – Published Research & Resources 

About: The Wallace Foundation’s website provides information on research and resources in the categories of “Building Audiences for the Arts” and “Arts Education”.

Websites:

Visit KC 

About: Visit KC is an economic development organization dedicated to tourism. Our mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. We do this through sales and marketing efforts to attract visitors and conventions to Kansas City.

The website includes everything you need to know about what’s happening in Kansas City; an updated event calendar, advice on places to stay, where to eat, and what to do.

Website: https://www.visitkc.com/

Residencies

Charlotte Street Foundation – Studio Residency Program 

About: Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program, located in downtown Kansas City, MO, advances the organization’s mission of challenging, nurturing and empowering artists of exceptional vision by providing free studio space, rehearsal space, and related support that enables exceptional artists of all disciplines to advance their art practices and artistic careers. Over the past ten years, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program has supported the development of many hundreds of artists.

Visual artists, writers, and performing artists (composers/musicians, choreographers/dancers, theatre artists) are eligible for the year-long residencies, with terms beginning each September.

Executive Director: Julie Gordon Dalgleish

Website: http://www.charlottestreet.org/urban-culture-project/studio-residency-program/

Kansas City Artists Coalition

About: The goal of Kansas City Artists Coalition is to provide artists with a supportive environment, time, and a large studio space to create art that others in the Kansas City community will be able to view and/or learn from; to enrich the resident artists’ experiences by encouraging travel and the importance of intercultural connections; to promote the value of exchanging ideas among art-producing peers.

President: Jefferson Blair

Email: information@kansascityartistscoalition.org

Website: http://kansascityartistscoalition.org/residencyApply.php

Lighton International Artists Exchange Program 

About: The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program (LIAEP) works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together in the hope that lasting friendship and understanding will develop. The program provides support for visual artists and arts professionals to travel to international residencies and artist communities and for foreign visual artists to travel to and work in the United States.

The program seeks applications from dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality and whose work and career is at a level to benefit from international exchange with peers. The program is especially interested in funding artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and in funding travel and residencies to countries that are less Westernized. Artists from Kansas City and Central Plains/Midwest area receive first priority for funding.

Founder: Linda Lighton

Website: http://www.liaep.org/home/

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