2019 Award Winners Announced!

The Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art at KU are delighted to announce the winners of 2019 Rocket Grants Awards: Eleven innovative and public-facing projects were chosen from [...]

Trip Afield: Catching Up With Field Trip Publishing

Field Trip Publishing, funded by a 2011 Rocket Grant, was a collaborative project founded and staffed by Eric Dobbins and Kelly John Clark. The two worked with artists to create limited-edition [...]

Progress update: White Cloud Community Mural

Called to Walls Documentary Screening & First Community Meeting Our team screened Called to Walls, a documentary about the making of four community murals in the Midwest, followed by a [...]

Kansas City: The Center of the Universe

In 2016, Maura Garcia (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), a 2015 Rocket Grant recipient, launched her project Center of the Universe in conjunction with the Kansas City Indian Center. The [...]

First Lady? in 2019: An Interview with DeDe Deville

Drag performer DeDe Deville and I sat down in the Mid-century Modern front room of her cozy house on Strawberry Hill. Before I mic’ed her up and we settled in to talk, she showed me the projects [...]

Q&A with Grace Suh

Grace Suh, a 2018 Rocket Grant recipient, is in the midst of creating her multimedia musical Supreme/Being. It tells the chaotic story of an American TV talent search called “The Voice [...]

2019 Rocket Grants applications open today!!

You have 57 days until March 11 to propose your dream, public-facing project somewhere within 80 miles of Kansas City. Up to $6,000 per project is available for extraordinary, inventive, [...]

Claiming Space

By Chad Onianwa What’s Missing “It was never just about art” says Connie Fiorella-Fitzpatrick over a beer. “It’s about community engagement and [...]

2018 Award Winners Announced!

The Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art at KU are delighted to announce the winners of 2018 Rocket Grants Awards: Eleven innovative and public-facing projects were chosen from [...]

On a Loop, and in the Loo: Turning a Restroom into a Microcinema for a Day

What is it like to screen a film in a restroom? I can now answer that question! On May 11, 2018, I installed (above) a 7-inch tablet looping our short film, Lessons from Exes, in the restroom at [...]