May 22, 2015 — ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council announced sixteen local artists have been selected to receive financial support totaling $21,000 through the ArtsKC Fund, Kansas City’s united arts fund, in the Inspiration Grant category. Artist INC Fellows receiving awards include ceramicist Emily Connell, visual artists Cory Imig and Jonah Criswell, musician and composer Peter Lawless, performance artist Vi Tran, and photographer Sabrina Staires, The other selected awardees include filmmakers Barry Anderson, Gary Huggins, and Timothy De Paepe, visual artists Garry Noland, and composers AJ Harbison and Zane Winter, arts professional James Martin, poet and spoken word artist Vincente Perez, choreographer Suzanne Ryanstrati, and sculptor Susan White.
Inspiration Grants from the ArtsKC Fund are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work. The leadership investment by the City of Kansas City, Missouri allowed for greater financial support of artists who are residents of Kansas City, Missouri. Directly in line with KCMO’s Arts Convergence Plan, this support will inspire more artists to dream big and develop innovative projects that advance their careers and create greater economic impact.
The ArtsKC Fund provides grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts programming throughout the five county region. ArtsKC Fund support comes from corporations, foundations, individuals, civic support, and workplace giving campaigns. Read the full grant descriptions.