Feb. 10, 2012
Rossville and St. Marys elementary school students create large quantity of artwork for Dream Rocket Project
TOPEKA — Five hundred-fifty artworks have been collected this week from students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Rossville and St. Marys elementary schools in conjunction with the international public art project, The Dream Rocket Project.
In 2014, the art will be joined with approximately 8,000 other works to wrap a 365-foot Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Prior to the wrapping of the Saturn V, all submissions are being displayed in venues such as libraries, schools and museums. Since May 2010,
the Dream Rocket team has completed 44 exhibits and has scheduled a total of 81, including a show at the Wamego (Kan.) Public Library April 1 to 30.
To date, the Dream Rocket team has received submissions representing 351 cities, 49 states and countless countries.
The quantity of art was produced in 29 classes taught by Jennifer Marsh, visiting assistant professor and Catron Fellow at Washburn University, and Nadine Fisher, art teacher at St. Marys and Rossville elementary schools.
Marsh is also founder of the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC), organized in response to the growing need within her community for supplemental arts education for public schools, community arts, and perhaps most importantly, an outlet for individuals around the world to find common ground. Using the arts as a vehicle for learning, collaboration and inspiration, the IFC continues to address the increasing needs of society, communities and individuals. More information about the International Fiber Collaborative, a 501(C)(3) organization, and its current project is available at www.thedreamrocket.com.