Awards announced for 2015-2016 Rocket Grants Program!

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Charlotte Street Foundation and the KU Spencer Museum of Art proudly announce twelve new Rocket Grants (nine Full Project Awards and three Research & Development Awards) making up the largest package of funding in the program’s six year history! $64,000 was awarded by the 2015 Selection Panel (Rashayla Marie Brown, David Wilson, Amber Hansen and … Continue reading

Object Origins

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Damia Smith has long been fascinated with interactions between humans and their world, and has often worked with themes of empathy. Her current project, The Weight of an Object, encourages a similar consideration of how our purchasing decisions impact other humans, as well as environments through out the world. When speaking about themes in her … Continue reading

Joseph Keehn Discusses A MYSTIC BOND OF BROTHERHOOD MAKES ALL MEN ONE

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Listen to Joseph Keehn discuss A Mystic Bond of Brotherhood Makes All Men One Transcript of recording. Joseph Keehn speaks: “Today is Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and it is 5:10 pm I am currently at a potential public library in Kansas that may decide to exhibit the project “A Mystic Bond of Brotherhood Makes All Men … Continue reading

For The Love Of Beeps

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Last summer Beep Goes The Weasel came to the Boulevard Drive In, and aired on local TV and radio stations. This year the project has added more venues, widened audience interaction, and picked up a sponsor! BGTW will return to the Boulevard Drive In (located at 1051 Merriam Ln, Kansas City, KS) for 8 dates this … Continue reading

Four exciting new Rocket Grants critical arts writing initiatives launching this spring!

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A large part of what the Rocket Grants program does is aimed towards developing new kinds of audiences and connecting artists with our community in novel and unexpected ways. The venues, processes and issues that our awarded projects explore may be just as unfamiliar to established arts institutions in our region as they are to … Continue reading

Last outreach sessions for 2015

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Are you interested in applying for up to $6,000 to implement an innovative, under-the-radar project that engages a public audience? Rocket Grants applications for the 2015-2016 season are due on March 23 at midnight – that’s less than a month away! There will be two final outreach sessions for this year, one in Sedalia on … Continue reading

Impact through Insight

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Hello, my name is Meredith and I’m a new feature writer for the Rocketblog. This is the first is a series of posts that will be running through the spring that will be focusing on taking a more in depth look at Rocket Grant projects. I look forward to learning more about each project and … Continue reading

How to help small things grow: Conversation and outreach at PLUG, 1/17 3 PM

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Small artist-driven projects and organizations are sprouting up all around our regional community, with Rocket Grants and other funding opportunities helping to till the soil. But what happens next? How do small groups stay alive, or is it OK if they just come and go? For those who want to keep going, what strategies exist … Continue reading

The 2015-2016 Rocket Grants Call for Proposals is now open!

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You have seventy days to imagine, research, plan and submit your proposal. Lots of help is available to make a strong application, including outreach sessions around the region and resources on the Rocketblog. Start here. Deadline: March 23 at midnight, online applications only! • Make an unexpected public venue within 80 miles of downtown KC … Continue reading

Embracing “Risky” (Parent-Teacher Conference)

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Embracing “Risky”: Necessity of the “art of” (and perhaps one reason why Kansas City, Missouri public schools have academic woes) People find the fact that I’m working on a grant-funded documentary related to exploring the climate of public education in Kansas City, Missouri, fascinating. Often, the next question asked is related to what my “position” … Continue reading

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