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  • Welcome

    The Rocket Grants program was launched in 2009 by the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the KU Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The program aims to fuel the energy of the Kansas City regional visual arts community by encouraging and supporting innovative, public-oriented work in non-traditional spaces.

    The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of regional re-granting programs – supporting eight other national grant opportunities in addition to the Rocket Grants program. The Foundation aims to support the independent creative activity of artists by partnering with leading artist-centered, visual arts organizations across the country.

    See the About section for more information!


Cracked Screens and More Broken Communication

Hey Adriane! I met a young woman at the T-Mobile store right beside the Paragraph Gallery in downtown Kansas City. Her name is “J” (not her real name), and she’s an Environmental Studies major (her real course of study!)! J got excited when I told her we’re encouraging people to get their old cellphones out … Continue reading

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Mini Vinnie Bini Kick Off – Monday night!!

Join Year of Dreams travelers and Kansas City arts impresarios Blanket Undercover for an update on performance installments at the Running of the Bulls, Festa Redentore & The Venice Biennale. . *ALSO* a sneak preview/ kick off to the super incredible upcoming MINI VINNIE BINI, a city-wide, Rocket Grants awarded, recreation of the Venice Biennale … Continue reading

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Delays, Denials, and Progress

Are you familiar with the term “Hollywood-ing”? –It takes its inspiration from Hollywood, California. The idea is that when someone “in the (movie) Industry” is approached and they don’t want to actually work with their approacher, they retort that they’ll “have my people, get with you/your people”. They do this as a euphemism to save face. … Continue reading


The Technology of Performance

            In its initial version Guest Writer’s Revenge was more like a karaoke performance, with words appearing on a monitor so participants could read along. Over time, its developer, Colin Bright Eagle O’Keefe, has changed the format of the computer program (Guest Writer) considerably. Guest Writer’s debut performance in April as … Continue reading

The Zz School Letterpress Shop under construction.

This Week at Zz School

This week marks our one year anniversary at The Zz School of Print Media! Over the summer, thanks to a generous grant from REACH, we have expanded our footprint in KC to include a letterpress shop at Vacant Farm.  We are on a roll with our screen print classes at Oddities Prints, so this means Zz … Continue reading



The Billboard series activates a pre-existing billboard located on the parking lot of the gallery at 1628 Wyoming Street and furthers 50/50’s mission of activating unused urban spaces. Open calls for proposals occur six times annually.  Each open call is specific to the respective exhibition on display. Proposals for 50/50’s Billboard Series are open to … Continue reading


Columbus Park Concrete Pour Postponed

Scheduling challenges have postponed today’s concrete pour. Thanks if you were planning to come out, and we will let you know when the rescheduled pour will take place!


50/50 Inaugural Exhibition CO-HOST Now On View

A little less than 12 weeks ago had you driven by 50/50 you would have seen two non-descript shipping containers situated on a freshly repaved parking lot. Driving by the containers’ home at 1628 Wyoming today and you will find a much different view, a fully operational and sustainable off grid gallery. The gallery opened on Friday, August … Continue reading


Columbus Park – Build Days This Weekend At The Skate Park

This coming Friday and Saturday, September 11 & 12, Harrison Street DIY will be working on the build out of the 2015 Rocket Grants awarded project The Columbus Park Skate Park. As part of the overall scope of the project, members of the public are invited to come and help – and learn how to … Continue reading

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Video update for Haven

Jarret Mellenbruch, who received one of the first Rocket Grants in 2010 to build a prototype Haven beehive (installed in the gardens at 18/Broadway in Kansas City) is featured in this short video made by KCPT. In it, you can follow the way his project has grown over the years, advancing towards his goal of … Continue reading


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