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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!

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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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Zz School Fall enrolment now open

Fall Enrollment is officially open! Did you hear about how our classes will be held in two locations!?! Yep! We’re on a roll with our screen print based courses at Oddities Prints, so we’re trying a new class called “Wild Style Yardage Printing.” AND, new this fall, we will be offering letterpress and bookbinding classes … Continue reading

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Una Lucha KC – call for creatives

Full flyer including Spanish text here. This project received a 2015 Rocket Grant. For more details see here. Una Lucha KC and One Struggle KC would like to invite you to be a part of an artistic project to illustrate one of its original coloring books describing the history of the 43 students who were … Continue reading

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Lessons from Exes: How to Take a Pill

Lessons from Exes has some lessons for you!  We have recorded interviews with about thirty women in Kansas City and Lawrence, and the edited versions, each about two minutes long, are ready for a listen.  A few samples are below.  Listen, and learn: how to take a pill; how to hit a golf ball; how … Continue reading

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Live TV Live presents: Cahoots, Chicanery and Carpetbagging

Just this week, a collective calling themselves the East Ninth Street Placekeepers published a highly informative website. The website functions as an archive of letters of concern from Lawrence residents, national publications on placemaking and dis-placemaking, letters to the editor and visual responses pertaining to the ongoing project. In a section titled Follow the Money, … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter Coloring Books – Creatives wanted

One Struggle KC and Una Lucha KC are seeking creatives to complete 2 Black Lives Matter coloring books with story lines . One will focus on children, the other on adults. Creatives will be paid and asked to collaborate with others on the project. Applications due by 5:00 PM, Monday, July 13. Project information at: … Continue reading

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Part 1: The Banality Series

Listen to Joseph Keehn describe his process for The Banality Series – on view at University of Missouri Kansas City at Miller Nichols Library through August 30, 2015.   Transcription of recording, Joseph Keehn speaks: “Today is June 12, 2015 and it is 2:10 pm.  I am currently on the second floor of Miller Nichols … Continue reading

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Art is Long, Life is Short: Encouraging Awareness to Become Engagement

As I walk into Richard and Michele Fritz’ home studio I am greeted by a handmade stop-motion set that takes up most of the entryway. It is composed of carefully detailed streets, buildings and overpasses, and is as brightly colored as a kids’ television program. Its purpose, however, is to tell a darker story. . … Continue reading

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“Rest Assured You Are [Now] Under Video Surveillance”

Last night the art team for the “Rest Assured You Are Under Video Surveillance” project finished installing the piece at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence, where it will make its debut today. “Rest Assured” confronts viewers with the question “Does surveillance really promote peace and comfort?” by inviting them into a zen garden that is … Continue reading

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My new, short film, SHADOW, is an Official Selection of Free State Festival and will be screened during the Short Film Showcase

I am so pleased that my short film, SHADOW, is an official selection of Free State Festival and will be screened during the Short Film Showcase 1, on Sunday, June 28th at 1:30 pm at Liberty Hall in Lawrence! 

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