Pictured: Vi Tran
ArtsKC has announced that 15 local artists will receive financial support for transformative projects via their competitive Inspiration Grants program. The 15 grantees are: photographer Sylvia Rose Augustus; visual artist Laura Berman; sculpture artist Justin Border; social engagement artist GK Callahan; fashion designer Maret Cissner; visual artist Jonah Criswell; multi-media production artist Jeremy Finney; musician Logan Jungman; videographer Cody Kauhl; ceramicist Keira Norton; literary artist Vincente “SubVersive” Perez; poetry workshop coordinator Samantha Slupski; performance artist Vi Tran; performer AY Young; and visual artist Jillian Youngbird.
Inspiration Grants from ArtsKC provide 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.
“ArtsKC strongly believes in our region’s individual artists as entrepreneurs. They represent Kansas City in the national arena, build networks, and ignite creativity in our community,” said Dana Knapp, ArtsKC President, and CEO. “We offer two rounds of Inspiration Grants and are currently receiving applications until the end of the year for the second round.”
In addition to the Inspiration Grants awarded, ArtsKC has also announced Ovation grant funding, for the following 22 large arts organizations: American Jazz Museum, Coterie Theatre, Folly Theater, Friends of Chamber Music, Harriman-Jewell Series, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Young Audiences, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Mesner Puppet Theater, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Performing Arts Series at JCCC/Carlsen Center, Starlight Theatre, UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance and Unicorn Theatre.
ArtsKC will also award Catalyst grants to mid- to small-sized arts organizations and nonprofits with arts programs this fall.
All ArtsKC grants are awarded based on decisions made by Grant Committees, which are comprised of ArtsKC board members, as well as professionals across disciplines.
“One of the pillars of ArtsKC is to support arts and culture in all its forms, and supporting individual artists and organizations, both large and small, allows ArtsKC to contribute to the strength of our vibrant arts community,” Knapp said.
For more information on ArtsKC visit ArtsKC.org.