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What is Inspire KC?

Inspire KC is a corporate arts challenge that encourages members of companies to share their literary, visual, and performing arts talents with their colleagues. We believe that engaging employees in the collective and collaborative experience of our friendly arts competition will spark an environment of inspiration, respect, camaraderie, and encouragement in your workplace. Your employees will build new relationships, trigger each other’s creativity, and see themselves forever changed by the experience.

How does Inspire KC Work?

Step 1: Enroll Your Company

Our application can be found at the bottom and top of our page.
We have a tiered pricing model, so the cost of entry is contingent upon total size of your organization. Cost of entry fees can be found on the 'Enroll" page. 

Step 2: Engage Your Workplace

With our guidance, you will host an in-house arts competition. Your employees can submit into three different categories- visual, literary, and performing arts. We will work with you to decide how to showcase and jury these submissions in a way that is effective and fun for your unique workplace. 

Step 3: Inspire Your Community

The winners of each category in each partnering organization will move on to compete in a city wide arts showcase. Literary submissions will be published in the a special edition insert in Ink Magazine. Visual Arts submissions will be displayed as a gallery in the Grand Hall of Union Station. Performing Arts submissions will perform at City Stage in the lower level of Union Station. All submissions will be voted on by the general public and a panel of distinguished, category-specific judges.

Literary Arts

Open Verse Poetry
Poetry of any style/structure of no more than 500 words.

Fictional Short Story
Fictional short story piece of no more than 1000 words.

Magnetic Poetry®
A poem created from a provided set of words, in any combination.

8-Word Story
A story containing exactly 8 words (not including title).

Creative Nonfiction
Nonfiction piece of no more than 1000 words that employs factual information (for example, essay, memoir, travel writing, biography, etc.).

Story Chain
A story of no more than 1000 words written collaboratively by at least three employee authors. The story is passed from person to person, each adding a segment that follows the plotline of the preceding author.

One-Act Play
A short play of any style. Approximate running time 5 minutes.

Visual Arts

Works on canvas, paper, or board, painted with any variety of paint and brush.

Images created with a digital or film camera. Works can be “straight” photography or digitally enhanced.

Objects created with fabrics or thread, such as quilts, wall-hangings and wearables.

Objects such as basketry, ceramics, furniture, glass, mosaic, jewelry, leather and woodturning.

Works on paper or board such as drawings, prints, digital illustrations.

Objects such as carvings, castings, constructions and assemblages.

Performing Arts

Musical Solo
A vocal and/or instrumental performance of any musical genre that features one employee. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Musical Ensemble
A vocal and/or instrumental performance of any musical genre that features at least one employee. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Musical TCB
“The Company Band,” a vocal and/or instrumental performance of any genre that features company employees only. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Dance Ensemble
A performance of any dance genre that features more than one dancer. At least one member of the group must be a current company employee. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Dance Solo
A performance of any dance genre that features one employee. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Dance TCT
“The Company Troupe,” a dance performance of any dance genre that features current company employees only. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Spoken Word
Performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and storytelling. Must be original material performed by the author. Content should be appropriate for general audiences. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

Standup Comedy
Performance of humorous stories, jokes or one-liners. Must be original material performed by author. Content should be appropriate for general audiences. Approximate length 3-5 minutes.

How do I get Involved?

If your company or organization is interested in participating, they must be enrolled by December 15, 2018. Once you have enrolled, a member of our team will reach out with a program guide detailing your next steps.

Still have a few questions? That's okay! Reach out and let us know how we can help you. A member of our team will be happy to assist you. 


Put these dates in your Calendar. The KC Inspire team will help you every step of the way!

Participant Enrollment Deadline

December 15, 2018

Company Competition Completed

March 15, 2019

Visual Arts and Literary Arts Exhibit

April 7-20, 2019

Performing Arts Preliminary Competition

April 16, 17, 18, 2019

Final Competition and Awards Ceremony

April 20, 2019

Contact Us



P.O. Box 415001
Kansas City, MO 64141-5001
(816) 359-9195