Video update for Haven

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Jarret Mellenbruch, who received one of the first Rocket Grants in 2010 to build a prototype Haven beehive (installed in the gardens at 18/Broadway in Kansas City) is featured in this short video made by KCPT. In it, you can follow the way his project has grown over the years, advancing towards his goal of … Continue reading

Zz School Fall enrolment now open

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Fall Enrollment is officially open! Did you hear about how our classes will be held in two locations!?! Yep! We’re on a roll with our screen print based courses at Oddities Prints, so we’re trying a new class called “Wild Style Yardage Printing.” AND, new this fall, we will be offering letterpress and bookbinding classes … Continue reading

Una Lucha KC – call for creatives

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Full flyer including Spanish text here. This project received a 2015 Rocket Grant. For more details see here. Una Lucha KC and One Struggle KC would like to invite you to be a part of an artistic project to illustrate one of its original coloring books describing the history of the 43 students who were … Continue reading

Lessons from Exes: How to Take a Pill

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Lessons from Exes has some lessons for you!  We have recorded interviews with about thirty women in Kansas City and Lawrence, and the edited versions, each about two minutes long, are ready for a listen.  A few samples are below.  Listen, and learn: how to take a pill; how to hit a golf ball; how … Continue reading

Black Lives Matter Coloring Books – Creatives wanted

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One Struggle KC and Una Lucha KC are seeking creatives to complete 2 Black Lives Matter coloring books with story lines . One will focus on children, the other on adults. Creatives will be paid and asked to collaborate with others on the project. Applications due by 5:00 PM, Monday, July 13. Project information at: … Continue reading

Art is Long, Life is Short: Encouraging Awareness to Become Engagement

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As I walk into Richard and Michele Fritz’ home studio I am greeted by a handmade stop-motion set that takes up most of the entryway. It is composed of carefully detailed streets, buildings and overpasses, and is as brightly colored as a kids’ television program. Its purpose, however, is to tell a darker story. . … Continue reading

“Rest Assured You Are [Now] Under Video Surveillance”

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Last night the art team for the “Rest Assured You Are Under Video Surveillance” project finished installing the piece at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence, where it will make its debut today. “Rest Assured” confronts viewers with the question “Does surveillance really promote peace and comfort?” by inviting them into a zen garden that is … Continue reading

Very grateful to all of the funders for their support of “Center of the Universe”!!

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After hearing from the other grantees, I am excited to be in such good company :)  Looking forward to seeing how all of the projects unfold and progress.

More Practical than Heartache

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When a relationship ends you usually hear about the heartache, the emotional roller coaster, the pain in your stomach that feels like little monsters chomping up your organs. Almost no one talks about the odd, practical things they may have learned from the experience before it went awry. Spending romantic time with another human teaches … Continue reading

Maker Village KC Project with Longfellow Farm

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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

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