A Directory of Resources for the Arts Community
We’ve compiled a list of professional development and fundraising opportunities for artists and arts organizations below. Some of them are local to the Kansas City region others are opportunities offered by national foundations.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. AftA provides training, workshops, research and advocacy support for artists and arts organizations.
Art Works Grant Program (NEA). The NEA Art Works Program supports projects that develop or enhance of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art; are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
ArtPlace is a collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.
ArtsKC Fund Grants. Funding for projects, especially in today’s environment, has become harder and harder to find. The ARtsKC Fund Grants provide financial support for the Arts through three grant programs.
- Catalyst Grants fund Arts programs, projects, and activities such as programs for youth, for families, or for fully accessible and inclusive audiences.
- Inspiration Grants are awarded to individual artists and Arts professionals for projects or career development, in recognition of the valuable contributions they make to our local community.
Artist, INC empowers individual artists all all disciplines by connecting them to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.
Charlotte Street Foundation. “Cultivating an environment in which artists and art thrive.” Supports and recognizes outstanding artists in the Greater Kansas City area; encourages the visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts; and fosters economic development. Find resources from open studios to advisors to information on Rocket Grants and Art through Architecture.
Francis Family Foundation. One of the priorities of the foundation is the support of arts and art culture through a Small Arts Grant Program , and more traditional Arts & Culture grants.
InterUrban ArtHouse supports artists through studio space, workshops, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts. Legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines. The ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs.
Mid-America Arts Alliance. M-AAA’s programs are provided through three main focus areas: Arts and Humanities Programming, Arts and Humanities Grantmaking, and Professional Development.
Now Showing is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and businesses by providing opportunities for metro-area artists to display their work in the conference rooms, lobbies, and office spaces of local companies.
Our Town Grant Program (NEA). Through Our Town the National Endowment for the Arts provides a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.
Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.
And, don’t forget there are always opportunities to network and find professional development for arts organizations through the Arts JoCo meetings hosted by The Arts Council.