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November 2017 Board Meeting


In November 2017 the Board of Directors approved 72 grants totaling 954,225 in support of arts and culture organizations and programs in the Greater Kansas City area.

Highlights from a list of 30, one-year grants (made to large and midsize arts and culture organizations for $720,000) include a continued emphasis on innovative audience development, arts integration and contributions to an arts ecology as reflected by the following:

  • Charlotte Street Foundation received a grant of $30,000 for direct support of artists.
  • Both the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education received a grant for $35,000 and $45,000 respectively to help expand arts programming and educator training.
  • Continued funding of $40,000 to Kansas City Young Audiences to support linkage among Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives and the arts.  Often called STEM to STEAM, this work brings together programs like Project Lead the Way (a STEM focused curriculum used broadly throughout the KC area) and KCYA’s work in bringing arts to K-12 education.

A one-time grant of $20,000 was also approved for arts programming at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, which will exhibit “Gassed,” a painting by American artist John Singer Sargent. The 9-foot-by-21-foot painting depicts British soldiers blinded by a gas-attack on the Western Front, hands on the shoulder of the man in front as they are guided to a medical station. It is so large the museum had to build a special exhibit space for it in the new Wylie Gallery. It will be on display at the museum in Kansas City from February 23 to June 3.

The Foundation continued the annual Small Arts Grant Fund supporting small arts groups and community-based arts programs. The Small Arts Committee and Board approved 34 grants of $190,100 contributing to a diverse and vibrant arts scene in the region.  Some examples include Mattie Rhodes Rocks Summer Camp and after school program, Reel Images Film and Video group, and Plug Projects local arts programming.  In addition, eight non-arts organizations with arts programming were awarded $44,125. These innovative programs awarded include, Literacy Kansas City “Writers for Readers,” and the Expression Art Series at The Whole Person, Inc.

In addition, the Foundation Board approved a $100,000 capital campaign grant to The Folly Theater for continuing renovation of their existing building in Kansas City, Missouri.

A listing of the arts and culture grants can be found below.  If you have questions, please contact Senior Program Officer/Administrator Liana Riesinger at 816-531-0077.


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