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

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

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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! 

Maker Village KC Project with Longfellow Farm


Coming up on May 30th, Maker Village KC will be helping Longfellow Farm build harvest tables for the vacant lots at 30th and Harrison that they have transformed into a community garden! The volunteer crew that comes to help build the tables will get a safety training and tool orientation, and will be empowered to … Continue reading

Awards announced for 2015-2016 Rocket Grants Program!


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

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!


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


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


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


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