Ovation Grants are awarded to firmly established not-for-profit arts organizations that have a broad reach and impact throughout the metropolitan area. Current Ovation recipients serve a regional audience with performances, programs, and exhibitions that have a combined attendance of over 2 million annually.

Applications for ArtsKC Ovation Grants are invitation-only.

Organizations approved for Ovation funding in 2018-2019 will receive support for their operations and programs during the one-year period beginning July 1, 2018.

For organizations interested in being considered for Ovation funding, please contact Heather Beffa:  Beffa@ArtsKC.org.

Ovation Grant Recipients

All Current Recipients

ArtsKC 2017-2018 Grant Recipients

American Jazz Museum
To celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education, and performance at one of the country’s jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine.

Coterie Theatre
The Coterie exists to provide professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist, and to provide educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We seek to open lines of communication between races, sexes and generations in redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences.

Folly Theater
To preserve Kansas City’s oldest historic theater as a premier performance venue by presenting, producing, and hosting a wide range of quality events for the community.

Friends of Chamber Music
People need beauty, inspiration and spiritual sustenance to lead fulfilled lives. Chamber music speaks to us with an intimate and poetic voice, which can be transformative and life affirming. We provide our community with the joys and rewards of the world’s greatest chamber music.

Harriman-Jewell Series
Our mission is to bring the best of the performing arts to Kansas City audiences, and to inspire area youth and lifelong learners through superior educational programs.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
To make Shakespeare’s works accessible to a diverse audience through free professional theater and educational programs.

Heartland Men’s Chorus
Heartland Men’s Chorus provides excellence in performance while advancing men’s choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences.

Kansas City Art Institute
The mission of the Kansas City Art Institute is to be a leader in visual arts and design education by preparing gifted students for lifelong creativity through intensive interaction with preeminent faculty and facilities and by stimulating active public awareness, support and participation in the visual arts and design.

Kansas City Ballet
Our mission is to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset of the Kansas City community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training, and community education for all ages. The vision of Kansas City Ballet is to make Kansas City a dance destination.

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
The mission of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) is making dance accessible to all people by presenting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s mission is to serve the greater Kansas City area as one of the nation’s leading regional professional theatres by producing innovative works that are diverse, literate, and timely, and by providing transformative educational and community services.

Kansas City Symphony
To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences.

Kansas City Young Audiences
The mission of KCYA is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity and inspire success in education.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents modern and contemporary art of the highest quality and significance. It collects, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits a growing permanent collection; develops and presents special exhibitions; and offers a variety of educational programs. Admission is free, and the Kemper Museum serves a diverse and inclusive public population.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the region by offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences.

Mesner Puppet Theater
The mission of Mesner Puppet Theater is to perform quality, humorous, honest, and entertaining productions of classic and contemporary stories that stir the creativity and imagination within each person; educating children, families and educators in the art of live puppetry.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. It is committed through its collections and programs to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Kansas City and a preeminent institution both nationally and internationally. It strives to achieve this goal by adherence to the highest professional standards in the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
The mission of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program is to be an interdisciplinary academic resource for students and faculty, and a cultural center for exhibiting, interpreting, collecting and preserving works of contemporary art in a wide range of media.

Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College
The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College connects and enriches the community by: serving as a national and community leader for the performing arts, presenting professional performing arts programming, providing a comprehensive arts education program, commissioning and presenting new artistic work and advancing and assisting in the development of new artistic work and the careers of young and gifted artists.

Starlight Theatre
The mission of the Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is to present first-quality professional entertainment and arts education to diverse audiences, while building an appreciation for the performing arts and preserving and enhancing the Starlight venue for future generations. As it carries out this mission, Starlight will remain committed to family-oriented entertainment at affordable prices, with a focus on musical theatre.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
On the designated performing arts campus at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, the Conservatory of Music and Dance is a community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship, and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City’s rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation, diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre enhances Kansas City by developing and producing professional, provocative, new plays. We create opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians, and administrative staff.