The two-level awards system will be covered, as well as general information about eligibility and funding priorities. At several of the sessions previous or current grant recipients will talk about their Rocket Grants project and experience. The sessions are free.
If you have specific queries about your application in progress, after you have looked through all the information sources available to you, you can also set a phone appointment with the Rocket Grants program coordinator. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. (This link is not active to prevent phishing, so please copy and paste it into your email address line).
There will also be an opportunity to make an appointment for a one-on-one discussion with the program coordinator at a limited series of venues around the region.
This year’s venues include:
Monday February 3, 2014, 7.00 PM at The Commons at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence KS, 66045, map. 2010 award recipient Jarrett Mellenbruch will talk about his project Haven, that has gone on to place innovative beehives in many different locations around Kansas City. (More info about this event here). Facebook Event page.
Thursday February 6, 2014, 6.30 PM at PLUG Projects, Kansas City, 1613 Genesee Street, Kansas City, MO 64102, 646 535 PLUG, Map. Presenting artists: 2012 grant recipients Sean Starowitz will talk about Byproduct: The Laundromat, and Don Wilkison (aka Minister of Information) will present We are Here To Plant a Tree. (More info about this event here). Facebook Event page.
Monday February 10, 2014, 6.30 PM at the InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Conser St, suite 290, Overland Park, KS 66204, map. Rocket Grants Program Coordinator Julia Cole will show a brief video featuring previous award winning artists, and take the audience on a tour of the Rocketblog to point out the many resources that are available to help you make a strong application. She will also answer any questions you may have about the program and the kinds of projects it funds. Event registration page (free!). Facebook Event page.
Thursday February 20, 2014, 6.00 – 8.00 PM, at the Vine Street Studio, Kansas City: 2033, Vine Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, map 2013-14 R&D Grant recipient Darryl Chamberlain will talk about the collaborative project that he is undertaking with other members of the Light in the Other Room, including his experience applying for and winning the Rocket Grant, the team work that has made it happen, and the benefits to personal artistic careers and the community. Click here for more information about The Artists for Life Project.
Sunday February 23, 2014, noon, at the Writers’ Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816 753 1090, map. Jose Faus will talk about the collaborative 2012 Vox Narro – Tell Me A Story project. The Vox Narro team has so far celebrated the culture of the Kurdish, Vietnamese, Persian, Palestinian and Bhutanese cultures in and around Kansas City – by means of song, poetry, prose, dance, costumes and food. It has a couple of other celebrations coming up, and then will partner with the library to continue programming next year!
Saturday March 1, 2014, 5 PM, at FOKL, 556 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101, 816 665 3478, map. Jessie and Thaddeus Christian will talk about their collaborative 2013 project: Hard 50 Farm Zine Mobile. Both producers and collectors of zines, these two artists have been working on a converted horse trailer and tent that allows them to take their collection on the road – for tours, events and workshops. Genres include: artist books; street art/stencil graffiti; photography; comics/graphic novels; socially-engaged printmaking; autobiography; travel; and cruelty-free and DIY lifestyles. These publications are almost entirely hand-crafted, using methods such as woodcut, letterpress, screen-printing, collage art, photocopying and offset press printing. Facebook event page.
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3 PM, at 801 Francis Street, St. Joseph, MO, map. 2012 award winners Json Myers and Megan Gallant will talk about their St. Joseph-based project Spark Farm Park (with Sculpture). Things are happening in St. Joseph – come to the Firefox building and find out how a Rocket Grant can help build a stronger artist community. Facebook event page.