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

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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

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

50/50 Call for Billboard Proposals

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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

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

Discrete Curiosity

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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

Beep On The Radio!

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KCUR aired this story about Beep Goes The Weasel on August 15, and again two days later. Maria Carter works at KCUR, and just happened to be at the Boulevard Drive-In during a July performance. After seeing her young niece play vegetables in front of the snack bar, she contacted Dave Cedillo to do a … Continue reading

Beep Goes Live On KC Live

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Beep Goes the Weasel was live in the studio on KSHB last Thursday. Joel Nichols and Michelle Davidson, hosts of KC Live, interviewed David Cedillo Jr. and Angie Wolford about the project. Nichols even played Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. Beep Goes the Weasel returns to the Boulevard Drive In tonight and next Saturday … Continue reading

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