Rocket Grants updates in a nutshell:
Two Rocket Grants projects have public events coming up in the near future.
Fri, Nov 12, 8pm at Westport – Roanoke Community Center, 3601 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Sat, Nov 13, 8 pm at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. Lawrence, KS 66044, Tickets: $5 in advance / $10 at the door www.brownpapertickets.com
Johnny America: Issue # 8 is almost complete. There will be release parties:
Sat, Nov 13, 6-9pm, Bourgeois Pig, 6 E 9th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Sat, Nov 20, 5-7pm, Hammerpress, 110 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108
Here’s a quick run down on the other ten projects:
Point of Interest: A. Bitterman is working on the interpretive kisok and its contents, and will be opening the display in his Brookside neighborhood in the Spring.
Prop 8 On Trial: Playwright Lisa Cordes staged 6 evolving versions of her script based on the controversial trial earlier this year. One was in Lawrence, four in KC, and one on KKFI radio.
S’mores Cart: Kurt Flecksing has continued to present his old cart while working on the upgrade version that will debut in January. The cart recently won the Pitch “Best Public Art in KC” Award.
We: Jane Gotch has signed a lease on a space at the Town Pavilion. She and her six colleagues will be building sets and rehearsing between now and the 11-night performance run beginning March 16. The space will be open to the public in April. The project recently won an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant.
Endless Boundless: Session One was completed with a public performance last August. The team won a Mayor’s Award for outstanding summer programming for KC youth, and they will be offering a second session beginning in March 2011.
CATA: Seth Johnson and Ashley Miller have signed a lease on a storefront/gallery space in Columbus Park. They are working on transforming it, have installed the Calm Dome and are aiming for a New Year opening. They have a call for participation on the blog.
Deep Ecology 1: Jarrett Mellenbruch has developed a wonderful website that details the research and testing of his new beehives. He will be installing them in urban KC in the spring when the nectar is flowing again.
ASP/SPA/PAS: This team also has a call for participation on the blog. They are collecting writing and doing interviews now for all 3 issues. In January they will begin the design process, and publication will be March through June of 2011.
Product Placement: May Tveit has been building components and testing strategies for her installations, performances and public happenings, which will begin in the New Year.
KC Xmas Special: Despite the name of the project, filming of the video for this project will most likely happen in February 2011. The team has been traveling extensively and casting performers who will visit KC for local collaborations.