MAY 20, 2014 Rocket Grants 2014: Rocket Grants Awards Announced
Rocket Grants, a program of Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art, awards $54,000 to 10 grant recipients for 2014.
Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2014 Grant Awards: eight full Project Awards and two Research & Development Awards. Full Project Awards provide $5,400 grants for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $3,400 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. The winners were selected by a panel of visiting artists: Juan William Chávez, artist, curator and cultural activist, St. Louis; Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, New York; Dave Loewenstein, muralist, printer, activist, Lawrence; Mark Southerland, musician, performance artist, horn sculptor, Kansas City.
ABOUT THE ROCKET GRANTS PROGRAM Rocket Grants invite artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities,develop and pursue collaborative projects, and engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. Now in the program’s fifth year, Rocket Grants has awarded a total of $217,000 to innovative, community-engaged art projects in surprising places, including 50 different projects across diverse disciplines. Next year the total awards sum will increase from $54,000 to $60,000. Julia Cole, Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, says, “The work this program stimulates has a significant impact throughout the region, at a time when we are focused more than ever on how the arts build dynamic and visionary communities. The Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, and the new Regional Cultural Plan both share our program’s goals—to challenge limiting ideas, create imaginative alternatives, and engage the general public in the process. Rocket Grants highlight the vitality and critical challenge that artists contribute to our public places and relationships.”
The Rocket Grants program is made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation and the KU Spencer Museum of Art with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It fuels the energy of the Kansas City regional arts community by encouraging and supporting inventive work in any medium with a strong visual component. Artists are asked to target new kinds of audiences outside of established arts venues, museums, theaters, art galleries or arts districts—either specific public communities, or the regional arts community itself. Participating artists and artists groups must live within an 80-mile radius of metropolitan Kansas City.
For more information about the program and awarded projects, please visit http://rocketgrants.org