Artists eligible for Rocket Relief funds + Taco day on the Dish

Rocket Relief grants available for local artists

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact local economies and individuals in the Kansas City region, Charlotte Street Foundation has again teamed with the Spencer Museum of Art, and ArtsKC to introduce a new round of open applications for Rocket Relief emergency grants.

This cycle of Rocket Relief grants is now available for individual artists who find themselves needing financial assistance as they navigate their way through the pandemic.

Artists who apply have a chance to be selected through a weighted lottery system that could provide them with a $1,000 unrestricted cash grant. Artists living within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City, Mo. can learn how to apply now on the Charlotte Street website.

Kansas City-area artists in need of financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged to enter by the first lottery drawing on Sept. 18 to be eligible for each round of drawings. The first 10 recipients will be notified on Sept. 25. Another 10 artists will be selected from the lottery each week until the funds are depleted.

$50,000 is currently available for distribution. Applications may continue to be submitted after Sept. 18 and eligible applicants will be added to the pool until all funds are depleted.

Artists who have already applied for the Rocket Relief grant from the summer cycle and did not receive a grant will have their applications automatically re-entered into the pool for the second cycle. Artists will have the opportunity to revise their application based upon their circumstances between Aug. 18 and Sept. 8. Click here to apply.


Downtown Dish to ‘Taco ’bout it’ over lunch 

This week’s episode of the Downtown Dish weekly YouTube series is all about one thing – tacos.

Host Katy Schamberger (@katywrites) will ‘taco’ about the wide variety of Downtown taco variations and venues with Stephanie Carey (@thefastpitch), as she dishes on The Pitch’s Taco Week. The Dish also will feature Dave Keith, host of the Taco the Town podcast (@TacoTheTown), who will spill the beans on his favorite downtown tacos and carryout tips.

The Downtown Dish is a free, weekly YouTube chat on the Downtown KC dining and drinking scenes. It is made possible by a partnership of the Downtown Council, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the KC Streetcar and Lynchpin Ideas.

Come prepared this week for a tasty serving of recommendations for taco joints stretching from Southwest Blvd. to downtown KCK. See you there at noon Friday, or at your convenience at

Here’s to a – specTACOlar – edition of the Downtown Dish!