ArtsKC believes in nurturing creative talent by providing artistic and professional development resources to artists at all stages in their career.

Where to Look for Artistic Opportunities

Actors Fund
National organization serving all professionals —and not just actors—in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance through programs that address our community’s unique and essential needs.
The art world’s source for income & exhibition opportunities. Open Casting Calls & Auditions

Call For
The leading online resource for public art projects, artist fellowships, juried visual art competitions, exhibitions, art commissions, public art RFQs, invitationals, residencies, fellowships, mini grants, and more.

Call for Artists – for Art Fairs / Festivals
Calls for entries for art fairs, fine craft shows and juried art festivals nationwide.

College Art Association: Opportunities
Opportunities offers continuously updated information for artists, scholars, museum professionals, educators, and other members of the visual-arts community.

Includes auditions, open calls, workshops, dance programs, and other opportunities.

Getting Your Sh*t Together: Making Life Better for Artists
GYST-Ink is an artist-run company/art project by Karen Atkinson, providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists.

Kansas Artists
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.

Kansas Department of Commerce: Creative Arts Commission
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.

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Opportunities List

KCMO Municipal Art Commission
Artists can subscribe to receive information by signing up for the Public Art Opportunities email list.

Missouri Arts Council: Artist Opportunities
We feature artists’ opportunities that are taking place in Missouri, have been created by a Missouri organization, have a strong Missouri link, or are programs of the federal government. We do not list opportunities for which artists must be members of an organization, but we do list opportunities that are limited to a particular region of Missouri.

Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies
Weekly Resources for Artists page, frequently updated with grants, residencies, and open calls.

Residency Unlimited
RU Opportunities is a free online listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies worldwide. Artist Opportunities
A service for professional contemporary artists searching for opportunities – competitions, exhibitions, residencies etc.

The Writers Bloc

DutchCulture | TransArtists shares knowledge and experience on residency programmes and related topics. is the platform stimulating and strengthening artists’ mobility internationally. Here you will find all about facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence (AiR) programmes as well as other cultural opportunities for artists to stay and work elsewhere. Includes open callsresidencies and resources (like about funding for artists). But we are more than a website… Check out our news section to know what project we have been working on and what we participated in recently.

Festival Booths / Performers

Reach out to these local festivals to learn how your art or performance might fit in. For a more complete listing, go to the Festivals section of

ZAPP® enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website, The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors of each show and the system allows them to score online. Has national listings of upcoming opportunities. 

Brookside Art Annual 

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.

Folk Alliance International

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.

Free State Festival

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.

KC Fringe

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.

Plaza Art Fair 

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.

Westport Art Fair

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.

Funding for Individual Artists

ArtsKC Inspiration Grants
Learn more here:

Art Through Architecture
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.

Bard Fiction Prize
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

Charlotte Street Visual Artist and Generative Performing Artist Awards
Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are creating exceptional, contemporary work. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. The Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards aim to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based artists producing exceptional performance-based work that is original, innovative, and progressive. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition, and public exposure, these Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment to date and to support the continued development of artists’ work and careers. 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: $10,000. Important Dates: Awards Calls usually open late October.

Creative Writing Fellowships – National Endowment for the Arts
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. Award Amounts: Offers $25,000 grants.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Offers Emergency Grants: prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Offers other grants, but are nomination-only.

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.

Funds for Writers
FundsforWriters is an online resource for writers. You can be a thirty-year veteran or a part-time wannabe, but here at FundsforWriters (FFW), we consider you a writer none-the-less. We emphasize finding money to make writing a realistic career. Of course, you’d write anyway. That’s the way of a writer. We focus on markets, competitions, awards, grants, publishers, agents, and jobs for your writing abilities, with motivation chucked in.

Harpo Foundation – Grants for Visual Artists
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, not currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program at the time of application, and 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

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Offers Individual Support Grants and Emergency Grants to painter, printmakers, or sculptors.

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year. Application deadlines are in September or October each year. Award amounts vary.

Lee’s Summit Arts Council (LSAC) Annual Grant Opportunity and Mini-Grants
To support the cultural arts in our community the LSAC will accept requests for financial support of up to $1,000, which are reviewed annually; and for Mini-Grants of up to $500, which are reviewed monthly. Support funds must be used for cultural art events/programs that take place in Lee’s Summit. Individuals and organizations can apply. The following criteria will be considered: community impact, demonstrated need for support, creative use of funds, artistic quality, ability to administer and implement project, and the diversity of population served.

Mid America Arts Alliance
Our grantmaking programs provide money directly to artists to continue their important work, and directly to arts organizations to support new arts activities in their communities. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state art agencies in our region, M-AAA offers two grant programs: Artistic Innovations and the Regional Touring Program.

National Endowment for the Arts – Grants
Creative Writing Fellowships, and Translation Projects.

Office of Culture and Creative Services – City of Kansas City, MO
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.
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.

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.

Rauschenberg Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grants program aspires to a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving. Offers various grants, including the Artist as Activist grant.

Rocket Grants – Charlotte Street Foundation
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.

Speculative Literature Foundation
Focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. Offers grants and a host of community resources, covering a broad range of topics, such as academic resources for teachers, convention listings for fans, editorial guidelines for self-publishers, and much more.

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

Translation Projects – National Endowment for the Arts
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.

Insurance & Health Resources

Affordable Care Act
Open Enrollment from November 1 – December 15, 2017

The Dancers’ Resource – a program of the Actors Fund
Geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury, we help by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery by providing emotional support and sharing resources. Supports the the unique situation dancers face as a consequence of the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance.

Fractured Atlas Insurance

For Fractured Atlas members. Offering insurance for general liability, volunteer accidents and equipment, art, or installation insurance. Also offering event, professional liability, film liability, directors & officers, and business owner insurance.

Guide to Safety Net Health Services in Greater Kansas City

Kansas City Free Health Clinic

Midwest Music Foundation – Health Resources Page
Strengthening musicians’ health through wellness services and health care grants.

Midwest Music Foundation – Abby’s Fund for Musician’s Health Care
Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care provides grants to musicians faced with emergency health care expenses.

Truman Medical Centers

Legal & Accounting

The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA)
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.

Missouri Legal Services
Legal Aid programs providing legal help to low-income and disadvantaged people.

Kansas Legal Services
A non-profit law firm and community education organization helping low and moderate income people in Kansas.
The federal government’s official copyright site containing information and forms, which can be reviewed and downloaded.

National Coalition Against Censorship
NCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. Over 40 years, as an alliance of more than 50 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, we have engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles. NCAC is unique in that we are national in scope, but often local in our approach. We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies without the need for litigation.

Professional Development

Artist INC 

Artist INC empowers individual artists all disciplines by connecting them to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.


GuildIt is a free forum that helps craft a stronger Kansas City art economy. Hear a variety of artists present their businesses. Be a part of an audience that learns and is inspired by KC’s talent as we further their growth with business ideas, resources, and solutions during the Q&A. Networking follows each event. Forums are usually on 4th Thursdays, 12-1pm, at the Kemper Museum. See who is presenting next:

KC Black Artists Network 

KC Black Artists Network is an online directory for the black arts community in Kansas City. Its 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.


KCSourceLink helps aspiring startups and established small businesses find the right business resource to start, scale or accelerate. Give us a call or tell us who you are below, and we’ll help you find your path to business success.

Staying Indie Workshop

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. Weekly and monthly workshops, check website for the schedule:


How to design an online portfolio.

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

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.

Latinos Writer Collective 

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.

Pushing The Flywheel Blog

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.

The Writers Place

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.

The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center 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.

The Studios, Inc. 

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.


Alliance of Artist Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.

Charlotte Street Foundation – Studio Residency Program
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.

Charlotte Street also offers a Startup Residency, a Neighborhood Artist Residency, and a Curatorial Residency. More information about each of these programs is available here:
Five U.S. craft schools have teamed up to promote the craft school experience on a national scale. Links to each, which offer workshops, residencies, and more, are on the site.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Penland School of Crafts
Peters Valley School of Craft
Pilchuck Glass School

Kansas City Artists Coalition
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.

Lighton International Artists Exchange Program
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.

Osage Arts Community
Osage Arts Community is a place that provides temporary time, space, and support for the creation of new work in a retreat format. These creative residencies are generally anywhere from one week to one year but average around six months. OAC serves creative people of all kinds – visual artists, composers, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers. OAC is located on a 152-acre farm in an isolated rural mountainside setting in Central Missouri bordered by ¾ of a mile of the Gasconade River.

Rome Prize – American Academy in Rome
Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the
highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Recipients of a full-term Rome Prize Fellowship are invited to Rome for approximately eleven
months. Half-term fellowships (lasting about 5-months) are offered in Design. Applicants in
Architecture, Historic Preservation & Conservation, and Landscape Architecture have a choice of
either full- or half-term fellowships. Pre-doctoral applicants in the field of art history may apply
for a two-year fellowship. A Rome Prize includes room and board, a stipend and separate work space, as well as privileged access to Rome. The deadline for the US nation-wide Rome Prize competition is in November each year, approximately.

The Studios, Inc.
The Studios, Inc. provides residencies that include 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.

Tallgrass Artist Residency
The two-week residency program is headquartered at The Bank Art Space in the small community of Matfield Green, KS. This residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains by requesting that applicants currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie (though it may be paved and urbanized!). Ideal applicants will have a strong body of work with a voice that reflects the artist’s own community; a dedication to place, and an interest in participating in a contemporary dialogue. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and career levels, media and practice.

Studio Spaces & Maker Spaces

50/50, 1628 Wyoming St, Kansas City, MO

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. Cambria Potter – Director & Curator,

The Arts Asylum, 1737 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO

The Arts Asylum was created to provide space and assistance to artists of all varieties. This is primarily accomplished through the offering of space to both create and share at affordable rates. The Arts Asylum serves as a “home” to several artists, creatives and performers in the Kansas City area. Offering both studio spaces, galleries, event spaces, and collaborative work areas for artists. To contact, fill out a request form on their website:

ArtsKC Now Showing, managed at the ArtsKC offices, takes place throughout the community

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,

Cherry Pit Collective, 604 E 31st St, Kansas City, MO 64109

A communal studio space for women artists, makers and creatives in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.

FabLab: MCC–Business & Technology, 1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64120

In the FabLab, you can conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test almost anything. If you are an artist, engineer, tinkerer, inventor, student or own a business, the FabLab has the tools to make your craft better. CNC Router, woodworking, metalworking, hydraulic tube/pipe bender, laser cutter/engraver, 3d printers/scanner, and CADD workstations.

InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton St, Overland Park, KS 66204

Our Mission: 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 City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64105

GOALS- 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.

Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111

The KCWG is a membership of many woodworkers of various skills and interests. We have fine furniture makers, woodturners, home builders and more.

KC Clay Guild, 200 W 74th St, Kansas City, MO 64114

KC Clay Guild is a nonprofit ceramic arts center. KCCG offers classes for all skill levels, open pottery studios, and workshops.

Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace, 440 E 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Hammerspace is a 7,000 square foot facility, home to Kansas City’s community of makers, crafters and inventors. Wood and metalworking, silver and blacksmithing, welding, molding, casting, soldering, electronics, robotics, rocketry, air brushing, or just fixing a broken doohickey.

The Hobbs Building, 1427 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64101

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, ask about availability of artist studio space in the Hobbs Building, (816)421-4343

Johnson County Library MakerSpace, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

Don’t have a 3D printer, recording studio or laser cutter at home? No problem, the JoCo Library has resources for you at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace. There you can use the studio, reserve equipment and let your imagination soar. Services include: 3D printing, computers and software, electronics, audio and visual equipment, sewing equipment, CNC cutting, and vinyl and die cutting.

Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Red Star Studios was started in 1998 by as a way to support both emerging and established ceramic artists, educate the Kansas City community with workshops and classes, and to provide a functioning workspace for ceramicists.

Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO

Established in 2012, Vulpes Bastille is currently home to a number of practicing visual artists. Vulpes Bastille Studios consists of a spacious art gallery and a collection of studio spaces in a 6,300 square foot warehouse located in the Kansas City Crossroads district. The studio spaces are available for rent to artists of all disciplines and career levels. To contact, fill out a request form on their website:

Writers Resources

Andrews McMeel Universal
Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) is a leading publisher of humor, inspiration, poetry, and middle grade children’s books, publishing as many as 150 new titles annually. AMP is also the premier calendar publisher in the country, annually publishing calendars based on many top-selling properties. We’re always looking for new authors and new book and calendar ideas. Based in Kansas City., Submissions:

New Letters & BkMk Press
The mission of New Letters magazine, its radio companion, New Letters on the Air, and BkMk Press, is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found.  We publish and serve readers and writers worldwide. Holds writing contests, a weekend writing conference, and welcomes submissions of poems, stories and essays. Based in Kansas City at UMKC.

The Writers Bloc

The Writers Place
As a literary community center and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public, we provide support, resources, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the word as art. Offers readings & literary events, veterans and youth programs, and education programs. Home to an extensive library of publications.

Emergency Preparedness for Studio Artists

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ is readiness, relief resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create. Guide to emergencies, help, studio protector resource, insurance, estate planning.

Learn Business Skills

1 Million Cups – is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Held at the Kauffman Foundation.

Artist Inc– provides cutting-edge training seminars that address the specific daily business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to twenty-five participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success. This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises and tools to help you think about your business idea.

KC BizCare – The City of Kansas City, Missouri Business Customer Service Center. A free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within the City. The Business Customer Service Center provides our customers with information and assistance in understanding and complying with City, state and federal requirements for operating a business.

Sprint Accellerator is a hub for corporate innovation & entrepreneurial engagement.

UMKC’s Small Business & Technology Development Center is Kansas City’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. The Center was founded to provide small businesses and technology venture firms in the Kansas City region with the analysis, training, and guidance they need to confidently grow and develop.

Connect with More Artists

The Artist Parent Index is a searchable database of artists, exhibits, and resources exploring Reproduction and Caretaking.