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2019 Rocket Grant applications are now open for Kansas City area artists
Deadline for Applications is 11:59 PM on Monday, March 11, 2019

 Kansas City, MO, January 14, 2019: Applications for this year’s cycle of Rocket Grants are open for submission on January 14, 2019 for artists who live within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. This will be the tenth year in which Rocket Grants energizes our local community by awarding $60,000 in grants to Kansas City area artists. The Rocket Grants program receives support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and is developed and implemented though a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the Spencer Museum of Art, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Artists can find tutorials, outreach sessions and more at

Julia Cole, the Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, is delighted to announce the tenth year of the Rocket Grants program stating, “2019 marks two significant milestones for the Rocket Grants program. It will be our tenth anniversary of funding experimental, public-facing projects that are driven by regional artists and center their work. And, thanks to the generosity of the Andy Warhol foundation for the Visual Arts, this is the year in which the total amount put directly into the hands of these artists will pass half a million dollars! The Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art at KU are proud to have shaped and implemented a program that has consistently championed artistic risk, excellence and collaboration – in venues that engage new kinds of audiences, provoke alternative ideas, and build community.”

The $60,000 total includes Full Project Awards, which are cash grants of up to $6,000 each for area artists, performers, curators, and writers – as individuals or groups – to support the creation and presentation of new work/projects. The program also distributes R & D Awards. These awards are cash grants of $2,000 each, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. These projects can request a further $4,000 when their research is complete, in order to extend or implement the work.

“Supporting the creation of new work is a form of stewarding art and encouraging artists. It has been our great pleasure to partner with Charlotte Street for ten years to support new and innovative work by artists of our region.” said Saralyn Reece Hardy, Spencer Museum Director.


The deadline to apply for the 2019 Rocket Grants is at 11:59 PM on Monday, March 11, 2019. Artists can only apply through the Call for Entry website. Applications are only accepted through Call for Entry. There are two upcoming public outreach sessions for artists to learn more about how to apply:

  • Saturday morning, January 29, at 10:30AM. Visit the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas for an informational session with Julia Cole, former Rocket Grants juror Shannon Criss and 2018 Rocket Grants recipient John Sebelius.
  • Wednesday, January 23, at 6:30 PM. The session takes place at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Capsule (1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Do you have an idea that could be funded by a Rocket Grant? Join our networking and information event to find out more about this prestigious funding opportunity. Current grant recipients will share about their experiences applying for a grant and embarking on project development with collaborators and in public venues.


Other sessions and workshops are posted at


About the Spencer Museum of Art
The Spencer Museum of Art explores the capacity of art to spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and create connections among people. The Museum, located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, houses an internationally known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering more than 45,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval panel painting and religious sculpture; the Kress Study Collection of early modern Italian painting; 19th-century American art and material culture; old master prints; photography; European, East Asian, and Indian textiles; American Indian pottery, beadwork, and jewelry; African sculpture; Japanese Edo-period prints; and 20th-century Chinese painting. To learn more about the museum and its programs you can visit

About The Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts aims to support exceptional, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non- incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on- the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest. You can read more information at

Charlotte Street identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. Charlotte Street cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $1.1 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit

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