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 preliminary venues are shown below. Further venues will be added, so please check back.
Saturday January 17, 2015, 3 PM at PLUG Projects, Kansas City, 1613 Genesee Street, Kansas City, MO 64102, map. Presenting artists: 2011 Rocket Grants recipients Cory Imig, Amy Kligman, Caleb Taylor, Caitlin Horsmon and Misha Kligman will talk about their ongoing exhibitions and programming at PLUG Projects, 2012 recipient Json Myers will talk about Spark Farm Park (with sculpture), and current (2014) recipient Erin Zona will share materials from the Zz School of Print Media. The artist presentations will be followed by a discussion focusing on strategies for extending the life of grant-funded, artist-driven programming and spaces. Facebook event page here.
Sunday January 18, 2015, 3 PM at The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7595, map. This will be a five-year celebration of the Rocket Grants program, featuring work by six former recipients. 2012 recipient Karl Fundenberger will present about Cyclotrope Cinema, and 2012 winner Dave Loewenstein will read from the publication arising from his Give Take Give project. Additional work will be on display in the reception area and the following artists will be present to discuss and answer questions about their work. Jarrett Mellenbruch, Haven (2010), Judith Levy, NV in KC (2011), Amber Hansen, The Story of Chickens (2011), Jessie Christian, Hard 50 Farm Zine Mobile (2013). Facebook event page here.
Monday January 19, 2015, Time TBA at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program, Town Pavilion, 1100 Walnut, 6th floor, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105, map. Program Coordinator Julia Cole will show a short video featuring interviews with previous award recipients, illustrate some past projects, and talk about eligibility and funding priorities for the Rocket Grants program. She will then answer questions from the audience.
Thursday February 5, 2015, 7 – 8.30 PM at the InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Conser St, suite 290, Overland Park, KS 66204, map. Presenting artist: David Cedillo will present his collaborative 2014 project Beep Goes The Weasel. Rocket Grants Program Coordinator Julia Cole will 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. Please register for this event with IUAH (free).
Thursday February 12, 2015, 6.00 – 7.30 PM at the Vine Street Studio, Kansas City: 2033, Vine Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, map. Presenting artist: King Kihei and Lyn E Cook will be present and happy to talk about their ongoing project Parent-Teacher Conference. Find out how artists are working to make Kansas City a better and more creative place. Do you have an idea that could be funded by a Rocket Grant? Join this networking and information event to find out more about the past, present and future of this prestigious funding opportunity.
Sunday February 15, 2015, 3.00 – 4.30 PM at the Taishi Studios, Kansas City: 1701 Campbell, Kansas City, MO 64108, map. Knock on the red door. Presenting artist: Lyn E Cook will be present and happy to talk about her ongoing collaborative project Parent-Teacher Conference. Program coordinator Julia Cole will make a presentation about the program and the resources that are available to help you submit a strong application. She will also answer questions from the audience.
Thursday March 5, 2015, 6.00 – 7.30 PM at Stauffacher Theater, Sedalia: on the campus of State Fair Community College, 3201 W.16th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301, (660) 596 7386, map. Presenting artist: Tanya Hartman will read an essay about her project Awein’s Dream Cart. Program coordinator Julia Cole will make a presentation about the program and the resources that are available to help you submit a strong application. She will also answer questions from the audience.
Monday March 9, 2015, 6.00 – 7.30 PM at the Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City: 23 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105, (816 221 5115), map (on 12th between Main and Walnut). This will be the LAST outreach presentation for 2015. Guest artist: Laura Isaac will present her 2013 collaborative, interdisciplinary project Into the Night Sea. Program coordinator Julia Cole will make a presentation about the program and the resources that are available to help you submit a strong application. She will also answer questions from the audience.