Innovation in the Arts
St. Louis' Regional Arts Commission has awarded its first-ever Innovation Grants to nine local cultural organizations. The grants, adding up to $466,000, go to groups that “think in new ways and take risks.” The goal is to fund projects that are outside the box and don't qualify for traditional grants. We caught up with the recipients to find out their plans for the funds.
Contemporary Art Museum: $100,000 for video art installations projected on the museum's exterior facade.
Metro Theater Company: $80,000 for projects including a new works festival to promote theater for young audiences.
Art Saint Louis: $50,000 for creating a digital marketplace for artists to sell their work.
Craft Alliance: $50,000 to create international online craft technique classes with the Netherlands, Ghana and India.
Openly Disruptive: $50,000 to create an online interactive museum.
World Chess Hall of Fame: $50,000 to create an outreach initiative to prevent youth violence through integrating arts, chess and hip-hop culture.
STAGES St. Louis: $43,000 to establish St. Louis as a hub for the creation of new American musical productions.
Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis: $25,000 for an international website dedicated to the Bard.
HEARding Cats: $18,000 for developing instruments for underwater concerts and multimedia soundscapes.
Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer/Contemporary Art Museum