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.


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

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.

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

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.

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.

Independence Arts Commissioner & Cultural Arts Commission
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.

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.

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC)
The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Municipal Arts Commission, Kansas City
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.

Office of Culture and Creative Services, Kansas City
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.

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.

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.

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.

Events Calendar

To find arts and cultural events, organizations and venues offered across Kansas City’s metropolitan area, go to

How to Write a Call for Entry

Artists, especially visual artists, watch out for Calls for Entry when looking for opportunities to exhibit their work. It is essentially a “Want Ad” for artists. The key phrase, “Call for Entry,” stands out to artists. It’s usually best to write it and send it out well before your event, so that you have a chance to review applications. Here’s some examples of calls for entry for artists: Call For

Here’s an sample outline:

Call for Entry
[Type of Artist] Wanted for [Type of Opportunity ] Opportunity at [Building / Institution]
Event date/ Duration of project, etc:
Number of Artists Goal for Event:
Expected Audience:
Pay / Stipend:
Commission Note:
Entry Fee:
How to Apply:
Email up to 2 jpegs of sketches and past work, and contact information, to email
Selected artist will be notified [by what date]

It could be sent in an email, on social media, or printed on a flyer. Send it to cultural organizations that list artist opportunities.

Here are some in the Kansas City area:

Organization / Association Website Type of Art related State
Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. Arts Education KS
Art in the Loop Foundation All MO
Artist, Inc. All MO
Arts Council of Johnson County  All KS
Arts in Prison  Outreach/Interdisciplinary KS
ArtsTech Artistic/Technical Skill MO
Charlotte Street Foundation All MO
Fishtank Performance Studio Visual/Performing Arts MO
InterUrban ArtHouse Arts Advocacy/Education KS
Kansas City Artists Coalition Visual MO
Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival, Inc.  Visual MO
Kansas City Film Fest Visual MO
Kansas City Young Audiences All MO
KC Clay Guild Ceramics MO
KC Fringe Festival  Performing/Visual MO
KCAI Visual MO
KCAI – Kansas City Art Institute Opportunities List Visual / All MO
KCAI – Kansas City Art Institute Opportunities List – to Post Visual / All MO  Online Journal MO
Lee’s Summit Arts Council All MO
Mattie Rhodes Center Gallery/Exhibition Space MO
PLUG Projects Visual MO
The Arts Asylum Studio Space / Visual MO
The Studios Inc  Visual MO
Vine Street Gallery or Gem Theater Cultural and Performing Arts Center Gallery/Exhibition Space MO
Local Arts Districts

Crossroads Arts District, around 106 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City’s eclectic enclave of boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries. Open most business days, and First Friday evenings. 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.

Englewood Station Arts District, around 11024 E Winner Rd, Independence, MO
Englewood Station is a place of charming shops, beauty-filled galleries, rich dining options, significant local history, and unique people. Located in Independence, Missouri.

Historic West Bottoms, around 1321 W 13th St #8, Kansas City, MO
The West Bottoms is an industrial area immediately to the west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Antique shops, art galleries and restaurants are open every weekend. Haunted houses are open every fall.


American Theatre Magazine

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.


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.

Ink – Kansas City Culture & Entertainment 

The definitive lifestyle and entertainment publication for locals.

Kansas City Stage Magazine 

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.

KC Live Arts 

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.

KC Metropolis 

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

KC Studio Magazine

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.

National Endowment for the Arts Publication Database

A comprehensive database of arts publications.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

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.

Publications About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 

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

The Pitch

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

The Wallace Foundation – Published Research & Resources 

The Wallace Foundation provides information on research and resources about Building Audiences for the Arts and Arts Education.

Visit KC 

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.


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

Accessible Arts
American Jazz Museum
Arts in Prison
Bach Aria Soloists
City in Motion Dance Theater!support/c1wjo
Coterie Theatre
Folk Alliance International
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
InterUrban ArtHouse
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City Artists Coalition
Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Boys Choir
Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Kansas City Civic Orchestra
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Senior Theatre!content-creativity/c380
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City Young Audiences
KC Clay Guild
KC Fringe Festival
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Mid America Freedom Band
Midwest Music Foundation
Nerman Museum of Contermporary Art
Olathe Civic Theatre Association
Owen/Cox Dance
Paul Mesner Puppets
The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City!volunteer/c1w10
Skills to Succeed/Create Art Studio
Spinning Tree Theatre
Starlight Theatre
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
The Culture House    via “ENGAGE” tab
Summerfest Concerts
The Barn Players
The Folly Theater
The Friends of Chamber Music
One Kansas City Radio!volunteer/c14ql
The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Unicorn Theatre
WaterFire Kansas City
Westport Center for the Arts
Whispering Prairie Press
Wonderscope Children’s Museum
The Writers Place

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

Associations, Organizations, Fellowships & Internships

Associations and Organizations

College Art Association: The preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promotes these arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. They also operate the Committee on Women in the Arts, which promotes the scholarly study and recognition of women’s contributions to the visual arts and to critical and art-historical studies.

Feminist Art Project: An international collaborative initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history and art practice, past and present.

National Museum of Women in the Arts: Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.

Women’s Caucus for Art: The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. Learn more about the St. Louis Chapter.

Fellowships & Internships

Americans for the ArtsNational internship postings in the arts and arts administration.

Kennedy Center Internship ProgramFor aspiring performing arts administration and management professionals.

Mellon Fellowship Programs: College undergraduate and graduate level fellowships administered or supported by the  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Smithsonian Institute of Fellowships and Internships: Internship and fellowship opportunities with the Smithsonian Museum System.