Encourage and support inventive, under-the-radar, and public-facing work in non-traditional spaces.


Rocket Grants award up to $6,000 to individuals and groups of artists for projects that exist outside of established institutions. Artists are encouraged to address the community at large to address the arts community, or to choose a smaller, targeted audience. Rocket Grants will also support proposals from artists or groups who are interested in expanding their studio practice in new ways, and developing new audiences.

Awards are provided to artists living within an 80 mile radius of metropolitan Kansas City. The program is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and is implemented through a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

2022 Rocket Grants Panelists

Brandon Alvendia

Lead Curator for the Public Media Institute’s MdW Assembly

Matthew Willie Garcia

Printmaker and Studio Manager at the Lawrence Art Center

Nneoma Ilogu

2022-23 Curator-In-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Cory Imig

Artist and arts administrator at the Kansas City Art Institute