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The Weight of an Object performance events are scheduled for this spring.

The project is finally starting to come together in the new year.   The structure is close to completion after some adjustments and changes in design structure.  A website for the project is published, but look for many updates and more information to be added.  The editing process for the video is also happening after … Continue reading

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Your Ideal End: Maria Velasco’s enchanting spaces explore the process of battling real monsters with creativity

María Velasco’s Lawrence studio initially appears to be a wonderland. Her delicate drawings for Your Ideal End are of hot air balloons and children holding hands, mixed with archival photos and kid’s sketches of smiling suns. There is a fragility to the space that is soon polluted by disturbing adult shadows. There are children playing cowboys and Indians, … Continue reading

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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

Growing Small Things

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

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

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

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

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50/50 Call for Billboard Proposals

50/50 Announces First Open Call for Billboard Proposals!  About the Billboard Series: The series activates a pre existing Billboard on the parking lot where 50/50 is located at 1628 Wyoming Street, and furthers 50/50’s mission of activating unused urban space. Open calls for proposals occur three times annually, with deadlines in January, March, and November. … Continue reading

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Embracing “Risky” (Parent-Teacher Conference)

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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Discrete Curiosity

We want to thank all of the amazing artists that participated in the Discrete Curiosity cabinet displays. It was wonderful to hear them present their work in the context of other objects, and we look forward to watching their careers continue to flourish. Many thanks to the Charlotte Street Foundation, the KU Spencer Museum of Art, … Continue reading

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Builders Gotta Build

Since being awarded a Rocket Grant this summer, Maker Village KC (MVKC) has made some major progress towards kicking off the Builder Series workshops in the spring of 2015. The demolition at the building is essentially complete, and now the rebuilding begins. During this process we have removed over 7 tons of metal lathe/plaster from … Continue reading

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50/50 Progress

Since being awarded the Rocket Grant in May, 50/50 has made major progress towards its mission of activating unused urban space in the West Bottoms. In July 50/50 launched a Kickstarter and social media marketing campaign to increase community awareness and raise the additional funds outlined in the project’s budget. The paralleled campaigns along with a well attended Kickstarter … Continue reading

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