In the second year of the visionary funding program that helps support groups that think in new ways and take risks, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC ) has awarded Innovation Grants to nine organizations totaling an impressive $457,000. The projects are as diverse as a Lemp Neighborhood Arts Council festival to St. Louis ArtWorks’ Mobile Media Arts Lab. RAC created the unique program in response to changing economic, social and technological environments facing the arts in today’s rapidly transitioning world.
Garnering particular attention is the St. Louis Symphony’s commission of NYC-based visual artist S. Katy Tucker, who will create multisensory video productions that will provide naturally evolving visual enhancements over the Symphony’s nine-month season, furthering music director David Robertson’s commitment to the orchestra’s increasing cultural relevance. The Center of Creative Arts (COCA ) is turning heads with its “Data Artist-in- Residence” project, in which “Data Artist” Jer Thorp explores the interrelationship between data and the human elements of art. The project also includes professional development workshops for artists and a collaborative initiative with The Loop Media Hub.
Additional winners of Innovation Grants include Chesterfield Arts, KDHX, Missouri Humanities Council, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO ) and the Shakespeare Festival. art-stl.com.