Rocket Grants specifically encourage work that is inventive and “under the radar”, and that engages or benefits an audience OUTSIDE OF established arts venues, museums, theaters, art galleries or arts districts. The long-term goals of the program are to encourage emerging and non-traditional art practices in the Kansas City region and contribute to a thriving artists’ community.
Awarded projects are therefore evaluated not only on the artistic merits of the proposed projects, but also on their capacity to stimulate further growth. Proposals should contribute to a diverse and supportive art ecology characterized by unconventional and expansive forms of interaction, exchange, provocation, and surprise.
Rocket Grants enable artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities,develop and pursue collaborative projects, and/or engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. Both individual artists and groups of artists can apply for project-based Rocket Grants of up to $6,000. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this program.