Powell Gardens was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust to implement and maintain a modern plant database, purchase a label machine, and install new signs that display taxonomic information for current living plants. This project directly aligns with the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust’s funding interest to promote environmentally responsible introduction, cultivation, and distribution of plants which have ornamental horticultural value through supporting collections management software and interpretation tools for ornamental plants. The Gardens will acquire the IrisBG database that supports emerging technologies such as GIS mapping. It also comes with Garden Explorer, a module that allows visitors to explore gardens and collections on their own. This database will allow horticulture staff to document and maintain essential information, including taxonomic and nomenclatural information, provenance, plant performance, location information, life history, location on the ground, and genetic information. This will inform the Gardens’ conservation, education, research, and garden maintenance efforts.

Te Deum, Inc. recently received a grant for $2,500 from the Richard J Stern Foundation for the Arts to support operating expenses and presentation of seven concerts. Funding will support expenses including the artistic director’s stipend, venue rentals, and guest musicians.  All performances will give audience members a chance to hear sacred choral music of stunning quality and to form a deep and relevant connection with each concert’s artistic theme.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Harry L. & Helen M. Rust Charitable Foundation to provide mental health supports for children in the Kansas City metro who are visually impaired or have multiple disabilities by contracting with a Therapy Consultant for services. The Therapy Consultant will target children ages 0-3 in the Early Learning Program (Early Intervention and Preschool Programs), offering in-depth therapy and support to families, including connections to resources and parent support groups. The Therapy Consultant will also train staff on cultural humility and reflective supervision. This program will serve 200 youth enrolled in CCVI programs, their families, and staff.

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) was recently awarded a $3,089 grant from ArtsKC Ovation to investment in the H&R Block Artspace, KCAI’s on-campus museum.  This museum is an investment in people, programs and projects that make the arts more accessible, that sustain a vibrant and thriving arts community, and that support traditions of excellence as well as innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts.

Te Deum was recently awarded a $2,300 grant from ArtsKC to provide mission support. Support for Te Deum’s mission will help the agency continue providing high-quality choral concerts that connect with audience members in unique and personal ways and educate audience members. Te Deum sustains the region’s vibrant arts ecology by providing area choral artists a place to express their desire to make beautiful music.

YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $120,000 from the Health Forward Foundation, Healthy Communities to support staffing, research and data collection, convening multi-sector partners, the creation of customized technology platforms, and demonstration pilots. The Y will engage multiple stakeholders to discuss transforming traditional corporate wellness programs/models to appeal to an increasingly diverse business sector, with a special focus on workers most likely to be un- or underinsured. The Y will seek understanding about the impact of social determinants in planning and implementation of such offerings and test effective strategies for integrating technology into these new models.

Te Deum, Inc. was recently awarded a $1,200 grant from the Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund to support its spring 2019, fall 2019, and Christmas 2019 Chamber Choir concerts. All performances will give audience members a chance to hear sacred choral music of stunning quality and to form a deep and relevant connection with each concert’s artistic theme.