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Rocket Grants, a program of Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art, awards $54,000 to 10 grant recipients for 2014

Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2014 Grant Awards: eight Full Project Awards and two Research & Development (R&D) Awards. Full Project Awards provide $5,400 grants for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $3,400 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. The winners were selected by a panel of visiting artists: Juan William Chávez, artist, curator and cultural activist, St. Louis; Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, New York; Dave Loewenstein, muralist, printer, activist, Lawrence; and Mark Southerland, musician, performance artist, horn sculptor, Kansas City.

An Awards Ceremony will be held at the Kansas City Museum on Thursday, June 5, including a reception in Corinthian Hall from 5 to 6 PM, and pecha kucha presentations of awarded projects from 6 to 7 PM in the Carriage House. RSVP to [email protected].

Grantees are as follows:
Full Project Awards

Joseph Keehn :: A Mystic Bond of Brotherhood Makes All Men One
Recordings of text and music relating to Gay culture and exploring the notion of a third space, with interactive public commentary, presented in libraries in Topeka and Kansas City.

Lyn E Cook, King Kihei, The Recipe KC (Theodore ‘Priest’ Hughes & Desmond 3-3-7 Jones) :: Parent/Teacher Conference
Music video/spoken word performance and public forums to highlight issues surrounding the lack of accreditation in Kansas City public schools.

Cambria Potter :: 50/50
A space for exhibition, dialogue, and curated programming in two shipping containers in the West Bottoms, Kansas City, with associated billboard and digital archives.

Damia Smith :: The Weight of an Object
Multimedia, interactive performances involving an outdoor, sculptural display unit, consumer commodities, and documentation of their histories, in downtown Lawrence.

Nick Ward Bopp, Sam Green :: Maker Village Kansas City (MVKC) Builder Series
Affordable public programming for a brand new Maker Space at 31st and Cherry in Kansas City, teaching local residents to work with tools and materials and build useful structures.

Lyn Elliot, Misti Boland, Caitlin Horsmon, Meg Jamieson, Mary C. Taylor :: Lessons from Exes
A 10-minute film project featuring five regional women filmmakers responding to recorded interviews about exes. Public showings to include restrooms and outdoor venues in both Lawrence and KC.

Charlie Mylie, Lindsey Griffith, Colin Bright Eagle O’Keefe :: GuestWriter‘s Revenge
Custom computer program generates humorous scripts on the fly from popular TV shows and films, for use in public-engaged performances with costumes, sets, and puppets.

David Cedillo, Angie Wolford, Matt Hawkins :: Beep Goes the Weasel
Audience-engaged music-making at a drive-in theater, including on-screen projection of people playing assorted unconventional electronic instruments, including circuit-bent fruits and vegetables.

Research + Development Project Awards

Joseph Kamm :: Func-artCommons
Setting up a system to share functional art and design objects made by local craftspeople, via community-driven artCommons collections.

Erin Zona :: The Zz School of Print Media
An alternative school focusing on college-level printmaking and art history for a one-year pilot program.

For more details see the full Press Release.

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