Traces & Trajectories exhibit features Rocket Grants projects from the first six years.

Chiharu Shiota- Key in Hand recreation

Friday February 5, 2016 from 6-9 PM

at La Esquina Gallery (1000 W. 25th Street)

Please join Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at KU at an opening reception for Traces & Trajectories – an exhibit featuring the work of selected regional artist who have completed Rocket Grants awarded projects during the first six years of the program.

Featured artists include:


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Nedra Bonds

Michael Toombs

Darryl Chamberlain

Amber Hansen

Judith G. Levy

David Loewenstein

PLUG Projects

Don Wilkison (Minister of Information/ moi)

There will also be materials on view from several of the other completed projects, as well links to upcoming and in-progress work.

Associated programming will be as follows:


Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.54.41 PM 2Saturday February 6, 1.00 PM Judith G. Levy and Jessica Borusky: Elaborations: A Conversation about Persona and Place

Saturday February 6, 3.00 PM Dave Loewenstein and invited guests: A structured discussion about the arts and gentrification


PLUGcritiquenightThursday February 11, 7.00 PM Nedra Bonds and Michael Toombs: a discussion about the arts, community heroes and race

Thursday February 25, 6.00 PM PLUG Projects: Critique night





Curators Melaney Mitchell and Blair Schulman speak about their vision for the show:

“The Rocket Grants program and its recipients’ community-based practices have acted as a catalyst in the Kansas City region. These various projects sometimes offer a new perspective on the artists’ trajectories, illuminating subtler aspects for their audience. Other times they offer an examination of topics some might consider challenging or provocative. The aim of this exhibition is to survey how these projects have made, and are continuing to make, an impact on the region as a whole.

These works come from varying disciplines, including installation, mixed media, drawing, photography, social practice, and performance. While the mediums may differ, the works’ subject matter engages with larger ideas like gentrification, economics, social justice, and the environment.

Traces and Trajectories will link these uncommon processes of community engagement through programming outside of the standard exhibition format.  By extending this exploration, the work and ideas of these varied artists become an invitation to new conversations.”



Applications are currently open for round seven of funding for multidisciplinary, experimental and public-facing work in unexpected places around the Kansas City region! 2016 deadline is March 21, at midnight!


Thank You BNIM Architects for your generous support of this show and associated programming, and thank you for sharing our commitment to a dynamic, creative and engaged community!








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