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Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2017 Grant Awards. A total of $60,000 was awarded to the selected artists and artist teams, bringing the total awards to regional artists to date to $392,000. The ten recipients funded this year, brings the total number of cross-disciplinary projects supported to date to 81—which have directly involved at least 209 artists.
The 2017 Project Awards include; eight full Project Awards and two Research & Development (R&D) Awards. Full Project Awards provide up to $6,000 for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $4,000 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. The winners were selected by a panel of visiting jurors—Imani Jacqueline Brown, New Orleans; Alberto Aguilar, Chicago; Tim Hossler, Lawrence, KS; and Jessica Borusky, Kansas City.
Artist INC facilitator, David Wayne Reed, was awarded a grant for his project, Eternal Harvest. A short film about the cycle of life – depicted by the growing season on the Reed family’s rural Kansas farm – will be projected on the side of a large, hilltop barn. Using drones to film site-specific dance, mandalas made from heirloom quilts and agricultural machinery, and seasonal footage of the surrounding farmland, the video will cross-pollinate disparate communities in artistic collaboration, and create meaningful ‘town and country’ exchanges.
Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, Julia Cole, said, “For the last eight years the Rocket Grants program has funded artist-driven and artist-centric projects that engage the diversity of cultural communities across the Kansas City region. The media in which this year’s selection of artists will work include film; publications; a street dance web series; a public mural by and for women of color; a mobile cultural hub; a fermented beverage cart; mandalas made from heirloom quilts and farm machinery; a residency; and a new artist-run space. The issues addressed by the work are equally broad: tensions between the Black community and Black police officers; isolation in rural communities; an almost-forgotten Missouri Creole culture; the Latino history of Kansas City’s Westside; Black Agriculture and socio-ecology; and safe, creative spaces for the LGBTQIA community. Rocket Grants projects continue to engage the region with experimental forms and ideas, support exciting new directions for artists, and amplify marginal voices.”
An Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 8th, 2017, at the Healthy Rivers Partnership in Kansas City’s West Bottoms – at which the new awardees will make a 3-minute pecha kucha presentation about their project. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uic4qgJiyV12
Rocket Grants are in their eighth round of funding. The program is designed and implemented through a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at KU, with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
More information about the awarded projects can be found at: https://rocketgrants.org/rocket-grants-projects/the-projects-2017-2018/