March 7 - May 24, 2019
Do you have vhs tapes that need preserving?
Are there moments in your community history stuck on tapes you can no longer access?
In an effort to preserve the content marooned on this fragile format, The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives (RCMA) offers a free analog-to-digital conversion service. From political demonstrations and parades, to DIY documentaries and home movies, we are here to help you save those long-forgotten tapes before it is too late!
This Spring, RCMA is partnering with Mid-Continent Public Library in our search for a picture of LGBTQ+ life in the Midwest between 1977-2006. Schedule a 90-minute appointment at one of the nine MCPL branches we are touring and bring your video tapes in for free digitization. Video transfer is performed in real-time with live audio commentary from participants.
Visit https://www.roamingcenter.org/submit-content to book an appointment today! Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
About the Artist
Kendell Harbin is a teaching artist and guerrilla archivist based in Kansas City, MO. Her practice is dedicated to using video and print platforms to discover more about the people and stories around us. Since earning a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kendell has been an artist in residence at the Ox- Bow School (Saugatuck, MI), FLOAT (St.Louis, MO), and Signal Culture (Owego, NY). Kendell was also recently awarded an Artistic Innovations Grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance (2017), Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC (2018), and Rocket Grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation and KU Spencer Museum of Art (2017).
About Rocket Grants
Rocket Grants 2017-18 are supported by a $60,000 regional re-granting award from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and are developed and implemented by a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. They are specifically intended to encourage work that is interdisciplinary and under-represented, and that engages or benefits an audience somewhere other than in an established arts venue, museum or art gallery. The long-term goal of the program is to both encourage emerging and non-traditional art practices in the Kansas City region, and also to contribute to a thriving artists’ community. Awarded projects are therefore evaluated not only on the artistic merits of the proposed projects, but also on their capacity to stimulate further growth in a diverse and supportive art ecology, characterized by unconventional and expansive forms of interaction, exchange, provocation, and surprise. For more information about the Rocket Grants program and previous projects, visit http://rocketgrants.org/.
About the Spencer Museum of Art
The Spencer Museum of Art explores the capacity of art to spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and create connections among people. The Museum, located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, houses an internationally known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; 20th-century Chinese painting; and KU’s Ethnographic Collection, which includes about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works. To learn more about the museum and its programs you can visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/.
About The Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non- incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on- the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest. You can read more information at http://warholfoundation.org/grant/regranting.html#/2017.