Living Squarely on the Land: Agriculture in Kansas Literature
June 24, 6:30 p.m., West Wyandotte Auditorium
Join us for a discussion with Kansas author Tom Averill about the Kansas literature of the farm, from seed to harvest, from settlement to auction, from plowing to planting, from Dust Bowl to dry land agriculture. In short, from then to now.
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This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, 100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present, and Future, and supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at kansashumanities.org. The exhibit will be on display at the West Wyandotte Library, June 1 – 30.
West Wyandotte Library
1737 N 82nd Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Organized by the International Fiber Collaborative, Inc., aka Dream Rocket Project in collaboration with the good folks at Kiowa County Library, Kingman Carnegie Library, West Wyandotte Library, Salina Public Library, and the Kansas State Fair.
View current submissions to be included in this exhibit on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/sets/72157632693304162/
Being included in The Dream Rocket Project is a great honor to Tesseract’s art program,” states Barbara Nueske-Perez, Visual Arts Visual Literacy for Tesseract’s Middle and Upper School.
“The work that the IFC does is truly spectacular and we are delighted to have Tesseract’s Visual Arts program recognized for our collaborative educational process.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site News Release
Release date: For Immediate Release
Contact: Dave Schafer
Phone number: 785-354-4273
National Park Service to Feature Student-made Artwork in
“Expressions of Freedom and Equality” Temporary Exhibit
Topeka, KS – Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is dreaming big—big enough to help cover a Saturn V rocket with over 250 pieces of local, national, and even international artwork. From May 1 to June 30 the park will host “Expressions of Freedom and Equality,” an exhibit created in partnership with artists representing The Dream Rocket Project. The exhibit will feature artwork created by Kansas students during a series of artist workshops. Visitors can view the free exhibit from 9 am to 5 pm daily (except on May 27 when the park will be closed for Memorial Day). On May 3 and June 7 the exhibit will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 pm during Topeka’s monthly First Friday Artwalk. Students, teachers, and artists will be on hand on Friday, May 3 to discuss their artwork at a reception with opening remarks at 5:45 pm.
The Dream Rocket Project, which was launched in 2009, is collecting more than 8,000 pieces of artwork that in 2014 will be stitched together to wrap a 363-foot Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to the wrapping of the Saturn V, all submissions are being displayed in libraries, schools, museums, and other community locations.
Artwork in the exhibit will explore the theme of “Expressions of Freedom and Equality.” Sub-themes include community, education, peace, empathy, and integrity. Young people in Boys and Girls Clubs in Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City created many of the artworks in 2012 after week-long summer camps under the guidance of Lawrence-based quilt artist Marla Jackson. Students created fabric art pieces after visiting historic sites in eastern Kansas and western Missouri that are part of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Artist Jennifer Marsh worked with other students at area high schools to create the exhibit’s larger works. In addition to works by Kansas students, submissions arrived from 23 states and nine countries, representing a total of 101 schools, 85 groups, 27 individuals, and 17 Girl Scout troops.
“Through this exhibit, our park visitors will see the many ways that students have expressed their understanding of what freedom and equality means to them,” said Park Superintendent Dave Smith. “By exposing students to our country’s struggle for civil rights, we hope to inspire them to make a difference.”
Jennifer Marsh founded The Dream Rocket Project 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. Marsh currently resides as a fellow of the Donald B. and Twila Catron Sr. Professorship of Art at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. More information about The Dream Rocket Project is available online at www.thedreamrocket.com.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. The site is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas, and is open free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. Check with the park for closures on other Federal holidays. For more information, call 785-354-4273 or visit www.nps.gov/brvb and www.facebook.com/brownvboardnps.
View images of artworks in this exhibit at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/sets/72157628113291460/
COLUMBUS — Five young artists were immersed in their canvas at varying degrees — some diligently hunched over their works while others vocally bounced ideas off one another — each focused on their own fabric.
The seriousness of the task — each of these works will join others that adorn a 38-story replica of a space rocket — kept everyone engaged.
That is until the Pandora Disney station played “Circle of Life,” prompting almost everyone to join in collective song. Mackenzie Williams took a break from painting a large heart on her canvas to lead the tribal opening bars.
The Columbus Middle School sixth-grader spent most of an hour on her big heart, not because of shiftlessness, but a liveliness that repeatedly took her away from her work into seemingly every conversation happening around the table.
As Rachelle McPhillips, the young adult librarian at Columbus Public Library, explained the works will be decorating a life-size replica of a Saturn V rocket as part of the Dream Rocket Project, Williams interjected.
“These are coming from everywhere, all over the world. There’s even one from Poland,” Williams said. “My family is from Poland."
"Rachelle, can I do ‘Love?'” Williams asked, speaking in energetic non sequitur.
Each of the works have to tackle broad themes like love, community and technology.
The five artists are the third Columbus Public Library group to produce art to wrap the Saturn V rocket. About 8,000 submissions are expected from across the world. Each library groups’ submissions will be available to see on the second floor of the library until the end of April.
To give one a sense of how big this exhibit is, the Saturn V rocket is 363 feet tall, or 58 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Were it placed next to Big Ben, the rocket would tower over the 315-feet-tall clock tower.
Artwork from 31 schools and two Girl Scout troops are also hanging in the library as part of the same display.
Armed with glue, generous amounts of ribbon and a take-no-prisoners positive spirit, Caitlynn Mann, a Columbus Middle School eighth-grader, put together a banner featuring a few words she thought were important for people to see. “Community” is written in large letters alongside “peace."
“Then I have the ‘Bes,'” Mann said, showing off smaller ribbons under an open-ended statement that reads “Be ..."
“See? I have ‘Be kind,' ‘good,' and ‘brave.' Because, frankly, those are a lot of things people just don’t do nowadays and that makes me pretty sad,” she said, without taking her eyes off her work.
“I love that this gives them a chance to be part of something greater than themselves,” McPhillips said, “and it gives them a chance to do that in a positive way.”
McPhillips said challenging the young artists to start thinking about what they want the future to look like moves them beyond their limited experience and gets them thinking about their visions of tomorrow.
These visions will share space with many others when the pieces are assembled around the Saturn V rocket next summer for display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Link to live article: http://columbustelegram.com/news/local/rocket-art-project-challenges-young-artists-to-aim-higher/article_7bf3a03e-fd53-5422-b50b-4d88d39f978d.html
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Merriam Park contributes to The Dream Rocket Project
A rocket ship that used to take humans to the moon will be decorated with the artwork of Shawnee Mission students.
Merriam Park recently joined “The Dream Rocket Project,” an effort that is collecting thousands of works of art from around the world to be wrapped around the Saturn V Moon Rocket.
Located in the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, the 365-foot rocket will be transformed into a work of art in 2014.
Each Merriam Park student that participated created a panel of artwork out of cloth. On that panel, they were to share their vision of their own future and the future of the world. The Bears first sketched out their ideas and then used fabric, glitter, and paint to create their submission.
Prior to being wrapped around the rocket, student artwork will be displayed in exhibits housed in libraries and museums across the United States.
You are invited!
Rural Kansans in Mass Media: Are you accurately represented?
A discussion with Kansas author Sarah Smarsh
Where: Kingman Carnegie Library in Kingman
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Related Exhibition April 1 – 30, 2013
Where: Kiowa County Library in Greensburg
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Related Exhibition April 1 – 30, 2013
Kansas farm girl and writer Sarah Smarsh is the author of It Happened in Kansas and Outlaw Tales of Kansas and has written for The Huffington Post and many other publications.
Sarah will read excerpts from It Happened in Kansas and lead a discussion on the intersection between Kansas agriculture and politics in written expression, from Populist newspapers of the late 1800s to current social-media platforms such as AgChat. She wants to hear from YOU about how writers and other creative or media professionals can give voice to the needs and experiences of farmers and small-town Kansans. If you've ever complained about the media, here's your chance to help shape its future!
Sophia Academy students
Fine Arts Director Mrs. Tracey Buot led Sophia Academy students to soar to new heights with the rocket project. Fifth-graders Sara Francis, Kemi Akanle,
Elvis Lishman, and Drew Atkinson show off their individual contributions to the rocket replica.
Link to online source at http://www.thecrier.net/news/article_8f00ddf2-961b-11e2-a62a-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=image&photo=1
Central Middle School
Art Teacher: Pam Brandt
Students worked together to create a fabric square to be used as part of a large installation piece/quilt which will be on display at the National Art Education Convention in Fort Worth, Texas in March and then eventually part of a large covering made up of about 8000 pieces of artwork from around the world to wrap the 363’ vertical Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in May and June 2014. We are also working on getting the exhibit to travel to Hartford for a month this spring.
All homerooms are being challenged to create their own square to best represent the themes of RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY, as well as to “Dare to Dream” to expand beyond the present state of the world and to imagine their impact on the future. Each grade level have a different focus in order to cover all areas:
· 6th grade – Respect and Responsibility for the Environment
· 7th grade – Respect and Responsibility for the Self
· 8th grade – Respect and Responsibility for the Others
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
We will be displaying the DREAM ROCKET panels in the SEE library from Wednesday, February 5th through Tuesday, February 12th so that all students will be able to view the works. The panels will then be mailed to Fort Worth, Texas on February 13th or 14th.
In addition, the QUEST and Special Friends classes at SEE will have a DREAM ROCKET exhibit next Wednesday, February 5th from 3:30-5:30 in the SEE library for parents and family members to view the works.
Our thanks to Mrs. Gaines for letting us have this exhibit in the library.
Invitational flyers will be sent home with all QUEST and Special Friends students., (And to the District Office!)
What would happen if you collected art from children across the United States and around the world and used it to wrap a Saturn V rocket — and in the process created a better appreciation of the arts and vision for the future?
Jennifer Marsh, Professor of Art at Washburn University in Topeka, wants to find out.
Read more at:
A Salina elementary school is participating in an out of this world project.According to USD 305, classes at Meadowlark Elementary School submitted panels of artwork for the Dream Rocket Project . Meadowlark students’ panels are part of up to 8,000 artworks are being collected from different areas of the world.
The art pieces will form a large scale wrap that will cover the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama.
The overall theme is “Dare to Dream” and encourages participants to imagine the future and think beyond their current reality. The project has proven to be a catalyst for creativity and a demonstration of individuals collaborating to meet universal challenges.
The art pieces cover a wide range of topics including equality, community, conservation, freedom, environment, health, peace, science, recycling and more.
Artwork on exhibit in Lawrence is from twenty states including Kansas, and Meadowlark Elementary School represents Salina.
Read more at http://www.ksallink.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=23296&format=html
The annual Prairie Quilt Display will be held during all three days of the holiday weekend. View local quilts on display in the new visitor center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Quilts will be featured next to the Dream Rocket traveling exhibit that ends on September 15. Visitors can see many similar techniques and vivid imaginations between the quilts placed on display and the Dream Rocket artwork designed to be stitched together to wrap the Saturn 5 rocket in Alabama in 2014. Enjoy stepping back into time when visiting the one-room Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse during weekends in September and October from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and learn about a prairie education. The school is furnished with historic desks, McGuffey Readers, a recitation bench, and other classroom items. Park volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide information about the school’s rich history. Some of the items on display at the schoolhouse can also be purchased at the park’s bookstore, located in the new Visitor Center. Explore nature and hiking trails through two short nature trails. For the more adventurous, there are over 41 miles of hiking trails to experience. All trails are open 24 hours, with some of the best wildlife viewing in the early morning and evening hours. Observe the bison herd in Windmill Pasture or hike around the pasture to observe the bison at a distance. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a private-public area co-managed between The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service. It is located two miles north of Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 (the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway).
Read more at http://www.nps.gov/tapr/parknews/upload/PR-LaborDayQuilts2012.pdf
Veterans Inspire Quilt Pieces
American war veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan engaged high school students at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as part of an effort to honor soldiers on Veterans Day. Whether it was hearing stories of combat in Afghanistan, facing battles in Normandy, or the monotony of marching and singing in cadence, the students left the park with a rich appreciation for American military service.Park staff partnered with the Dream Rocket Project so that they could better link students from the heartland with the conflicts and issues soldiers contend with beyond the American shores. Many of the soldiers connected their stories of fighting for freedom and democracy with the park’s story of fighting for equality and world free of discrimination.High school art students were at the site to create quilt pieces that honored military service and will be displayed for Veterans Day. The quilts will eventually end up as part of a major art exhibit linking the exploration of space with community art programs. The Dream Rocket Project enlists the help of students worldwide to create a collage of quilt pieces that tell the stories of peace, freedom, equality and education and that will be sewn together in order to fully wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket by June of 2014.Brown v. Board of Education NHS has partnered with program coordinator Jennifer Marsh to create hundreds of these quilt pieces. Marsh will need a total of 8,000 individual quilts in order to fully enshroud the Saturn rocket. Parks interested in working with Marsh to create Dream Rocket quilts can contact her by clicking here for more information.
Read more at http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/headline.cfm?type=Announcements&id=13042
By Corey Jones
Marla Jackson stitches her soul into the unique narrative quilts she uses to convey the African-American experience.
Now she is able to pour that same effort into helping local kids develop their minds by working with them to create their own patchwork memories and experiences at a Topeka landmark.
The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tapped Jackson as its first artist in residence.David Smith, superintendent of the site, said the quilt artist who communicates the Civil Rights struggle through her work is a “natural fit” to enhance the building’s educational experience.
“It was a great feather in our hat to have her come over and work with us,” Smith said.Jackson, who lives in Lawrence, is well known throughout the quilting community for her innovative quilts that depict narratives, some of which are three dimensional. She is with the parks service for the summer to assist with art projects. Students from Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City-area Boys and Girls Clubs are visiting historic sites this summer as part of the program.Jackson said the students take rubbings, photographs and notes at each historical site they visit throughout a week. When the students go to the Brown site, 1515 S.E. Monroe, they put down some of the notes onto a canvas.Jackson then sews some of the unique pieces each student collects onto their canvases.
The finished canvases later will be joined with many other pieces from across the country to cover a Saturn V Rocket in Alabama, Jackson said, as a much larger art effort dubbed The Dream Rocket Project.
The National Parks Service pays Jackson a stipend for traveling and material expenses. Also, as part of the Artist in Residence program, she will design a quilt that will stay at the Brown v. Board site.
“The kids love her,” Smith said. “I’m really happy with her. The artwork that is coming back is pretty neat.”Smith said he would like to line up more local artists when Jackson’s residency is up.Jackson, who has been featured in about 40 exhibitions, said she has been blessed with a gift she loves to share. She said creating each piece of art is a journey that morphs into reality and is the greatest joy she feels in her life except for her husband and three kids.
“I feel so relieved and so at peace,” she said. “I actually become the characters.”Jackson enjoys giving back to the community through her art and teaching, which helped lead her to the residency program.Jackson’s artistic directive was motivated by her family’s stories. Growing up in Michigan, she spent much time with her paternal grandparents and her once-enslaved great grandmother. Stories they told have inspired her to reach out, educate and empower kids through her unique brand of art that captures experiences and emotions from the past.
“I’m a story teller,” she said.
Read more online at http://cjonline.com/news/2012-06-22/unique-quilter-working-kids-brown-site
Meadowlark students' posters headed for a rocket
Three posters created by classes at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School during the 2011-12 school year are on display at the Lawrence Public Library through the end of August, and will eventually end up adorning the outside of a Saturn V rocket in Alabama. The three panels, each about 2 feet by 2 feet, are part of the Dream Rocket Project, created by Topeka artist Jennifer Marsh.
Meadowlark science teacher Dena Ebel and art teacher Sue Banker worked together on the project during the last school year, Ebel said.
"She worked with them on making the panels, and in my class, we talked about the science part, about the rockets," Ebel said.
One poster depicts an aquatic bird, another a tree, and the third has Earth in the center, surrounded by students’ handprints and the statement: "Leave a small print - conserve."
Read the original article at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3VmmD_bi9xPaWpySHFFZk9abkk/edit
How can I make a difference?
In 2008, a group of educators and artists formed the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) a non-profit organization with a mission to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular programming for individuals and their communities.
IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, started in 2009 has exhibited submissions in over 105 venues; in 2014 submissions will be connected side by side to wrap a 363’ Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL (48’ taller than the Statue of Liberty).
With every artwork received a student has had to ask; what is my dream for my future, and the future of my community and our world? How can students across our nation with many skills collaborate to make a difference? How can creativity and other subjects such as space, technology, science, and leadership inspire innovation? How can I make a difference?
The Dream Rocket Project: www.thedreamrocket.com
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Douglas County Law Library Exhibit in Lawrence, Kansas
December 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013
Print at Press Release at: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3VmmD_bi9xPMkM5OE9yeEo0TXc
Location of Display:
Douglas County Law Library Show
Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Public hours of the Law Library:
Sunday - Closed
Monday - 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Tuesday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday - 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Friday / Saturday - Closed
Learn how to participate at: www.thedreamrocket.com
Print a flyer at: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6ouG5UjKDlkNjY0NTZmOTctMTYzMC00YTAyLWFkMzAtOTU4YTcxMWU0YTAz&hl=en
Nina Lise Moen from Norway
Jacquelyn C. Williams in Cange Haiti
Sandor KisfaLudy High School in Sumeg, Hungary
Felicity Brownie Troop 42522 from Felicity, Ohio. "Helping Hands — Troop 42522"
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 214 from Frakes, KY
Georgia Van Hoesen from Melbourne Beach, Florida
Chapman Elementary School from Huntsville, Alabama
Boys and Girls Club attending camp at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas x 3
Students at Ewalt Elementary School in Augusta, Kansas
1st Graders at Ewalt Elementary School in Augusta, Kansas
St. Mary’s Elementary School in St. Mary’s, Kansas AND Rossville Grade School in Rossville, Kansasx 2
Rainbow Elementary School in Madison, Alabama
Brenda Parker from Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
W.R. McNeilElementary School in BowlingGreen, KY
Jo A. Appleton from Duncanville, Texas
Monrovia Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama
The University of Huddersfield & All Saints Catholic High School in Huddersfield, England
Girl Scout Troop #41280 from Bethel, Ohio
The New School Montessori from Cincinnati, OHio
Fresh Air Family after school program at St. Barnabus School: Birmingham, Al
Junior Girl Scout Troop 448 from Navarre, Florida
Girl Scout Troop 33101 and Kayitah Nacori Vargas from Oakland, CA
Nastya Sokolova, Viktoriya Sbitneva, Lera Pereverzeva from Moscow, Russia
Christina Klyueva With Art school # 548 “Tsaritsino”
Mary T. Green from Folsom, LA: "Words of the Aftermath”
Dr. Jean L. Langan and Miami University Art Educators from Oxford, Ohio
Students at William McKinley and Beachmont Veterans Memorial School in Revere, MA Grades: 3, 4, & 5 x 2
Kali Haug from Seneca, Kansas
Walnut Springs Middle School in Westerville, Ohio “Fight the Fight, Find the Cure”
3rd Graders at Garfield Elementary School in Augusta, Kansas
1st Graders at Garfield Elementary School in Augusta, Kansas
BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Veterans Inspire Quilt Pieces
American war veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan engaged high school students at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as part of an effort to honor soldiers on Veterans Day. Whether it was hearing stories of combat in Afghanistan, facing battles in Normandy, or the monotony of marching and singing in cadence, the students left the park with a rich appreciation for American military service.
Park staff partnered with the Dream Rocket Project so that they could better link students from the heartland with the conflicts and issues soldiers contend with beyond the American shores. Many of the soldiers connected their stories of fighting for freedom and democracy with the park’s story of fighting for equality and world free of discrimination.
High school art students were at the site to create quilt pieces that honored military service and will be displayed for Veterans Day. The quilts will eventually end up as part of a major art exhibit linking the exploration of space with community art programs. The Dream Rocket Project enlists the help of students worldwide to create a collage of quilt pieces that tell the stories of peace, freedom, equality and education and that will be sewn together in order to fully wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket by June of 2014.
Brown v. Board of Education NHS has partnered with program coordinator Jennifer Marsh to create hundreds of these quilt pieces. Marsh will need a total of 8,000 individual quilts in order to fully enshroud the Saturn rocket. Parks interested in working with Marsh to create Dream Rocket quilts can contact her by clicking here for more information.
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International Fiber Collaborative, Inc. receives grant from Kansas Humanities Council
TOPEKA – The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the International Fiber Collaborative, Inc. of Topeka a $5,927 grant in support of the “100 Years of Agriculture: Past, Present, and Future” exhibition and public programs. Jennifer Marsh serves as the project director.“Using the theme ‘100 Years of Agriculture: Past, Present, and Future’ we will collect 100 interpretations shared through textile art accompanied by interviews and essays from individuals across Kansas. Submissions will be included in five exhibitions coinciding with a series of public lectures and discussions. All exhibits, public lectures, and activities are open to the public. As a tribute to the stories expressed there will be a featured exhibit at the Kansas State Fair from September 7-16, 2013.”
Kiowa County Library, Greensburg, KS, April 1 – 30th
Kingman Carnegie Library, Kingman, KS, April 1 – 30th
West Wyandotte Library, Kansas City, KS, June 1 – 30th
Salina Public Library, Salina, KS, August 1 – 29th
Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, KS, September 7 -16th
The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC), founded in 2008 with established roots in Huntsville, AL and Topeka, KS, develops community programs that create collaborative opportunities in the arts and humanities. IFC programs have successfully generated participation from individuals in 515 cities, 50 states, and 19 countries. Public programming has been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations, and has generated 18,528 submissions collected from an estimated 13,058 individuals as part of three major projects. IFC’s current initiative, The Dream Rocket Project, has exhibited submissions in 101 venues in 24 states, including 26 libraries in Kansas. “KHC Humanities grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The ‘100 Years of Agriculture’ project is an innovative way for Kansans to reflect upon the role of agriculture in their life and community.”
The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an activegrant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and culturallife of their communities.
For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Sherri Sapp, library assistant with the Nassau County Public Library System, with quilt selections from the Dream Rocket Art Exhibit at the Yulee branch library.
Dream Rocket art at library
The Yulee Branch Library at the Florida State College Nassau Center is proud and honored to host the Dream Rocket Art Exhibit. There are 30 artwork submissions on display. This art will eventually make its way to Huntsville, Ala., to be joined with other pieces to wrap the 363-foot Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
The Dream Rocket Project has been collecting art pieces submitted from across the United States and around the world, with a goal to collect 8,000 submissions by 2014. The Saturn V is 48 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, and when wrapped will create a monumental 32,000-square-foot work of art. Prior to the wrapping, all submissions are being displayed in venues such as libraries, schools, museums and community locations. One hundred exhibits have been completed and a total of 129 shows have been scheduled since May 2010.
The artwork on display in Yulee represents submissions from nine states and an international submission from Great Britain. Twenty-one of the submissions came from groups and individuals located in Florida, including 12 panels created by summer camp attendees at the Miller Freedom Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County.
The overall theme of the project is "Dare to Dream" and challenges individuals to expand beyond the present state of the world and to imagine the future. A range of this theme can be found in the artwork, including community, conservation, diversity, education, equality, health and peace.
The exhibit will be on display through Sunday. Yulee library hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon. The library is located at the FSCJ Nassau Center at 76346 William Burgess Blvd.
Read more at http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2012/09/28/leisure/00ayldreamrocketlibrary.txt
Dream Rocket Project launches exhibit at Harris-Kearney House MuseumWestport Historical Society News Release
For more information, please call (816) 561-1821 or (913) 648-0952.
The Dream Rocket Project comes to Westport Historical Society and Harris-Kearney House Museum
In 2009, the International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) launched the Dream Rocket Project, which is a large scale collaborative wrap. Up to 8,000 artworks will be created by individuals from various regions of the world, and then connected side by side to wrap the 365’ Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The designated theme of the panels, “Dare to Dream,” challenges individuals to expand beyond the present state of the world and imagine the future. Perhaps most importantly, individuals are challenged to imagine their contribution to that future. These individual dreams & aspirations will combine to create a monumental 32,000 sq ft work art, providing a tangible demonstration of the beauty of individuals collaborating to meet universal challenges.
The creation of the panels has been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and for individuals. While the Dream Rocket team works on collecting submitted artworks for this giant wrap, they are placing submitted artworks on display in national & international venues up until the time that the Saturn V is wrapped. The Westport Historical Society AND the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum is pleased to host an exhibit of a number of the panels through the month of August.
The exhibit is free and can be visited on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Saturn V Rocket Wrapping Date: May & June 2014 (60 day display).
Footwise, 301 S.W. Madison Ave.
On display in the art window:
The Dream Rocket Project, an international art project with themes of dreams for the future by children from around the world.
I moved to Kansas on this day July 21, one year ago with 500 artwork submissions as part of the Dream Rocket Project. It took two years to collect and process that many. As of today we are at 1,018. We more then doubled in one years time.
Here's a toast for 2,500 artworks collected on this day next year!
By Special to the Gazette
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Beginning at 3 p.m. visitors will be able to take part in activities ranging from prairie and ranch tours, to kite flying, make-your-own-brand craft and button making to the Dream Rocket Project.
The Tallgrass Express String Band will perform at 6 p.m.
Following the 7 p.m. ceremony, visitors are invited to tour the new, green facility and remain to enjoy the night sky.
Clay Center Carnegie Library Show in Clay Center, Kansas from June 15 - July 15
Posted: June 28, 2012 - Clay Center Dispatch
Clay Center Exhibits art as part of Dream Rocket Project
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Reading groupThe 0-7 reading group at the Clay Center Library proudly show their addition to the Dream Rocket Project, part of which is now on display at the Library. (Ryan D. Wilson/Dispatch)
stitch-workVevia Beaulieu stitches together the ‘Dream Rocket’ artwork made by the library’s 0-7 reading group. (Ryan D. Wilson/Dispatch)
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Clay Center Carnegie Library
706 6th ST
Clay Center, Kansas 67432
Library Contact Person: Wendy Mitchell, MLS
The Winfield Public Library will have on display The Dream Rocket Project, July 1-31.
It will feature one hundred fiber panels created by groups and individuals with the theme of “Dare to Dream.” This theme challenges individuals to expand the present state of the world, imagine the future, and their contribution to that future.
The International Fiber Collaborative launched this project in 2009 and was started by Jennifer Marsh, Catron Visiting Artist/Professor of Art at Washburn University. Marsh saw the growing need within her community for supplemental art education for public schools, community art, and an outlet for individuals around the world.
More than 8,000 fiber panels from over 330 cities, 45 states, and 19 countries to date are traveling the country on display at libraries, schools and museums. Their final destination will be to wrap the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in 2014 creating a monumental 32,000 square foot work of art.
Many have asked “Why the Saturn V Rocket?” The Saturn V Moon Rocket was considered the key to a successful mission and thought to be the most amazing machine built. In order to get to the moon and back safely, over 3,000,000 parts needed to be working. There was no room for error. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s bold vision of “a man on the moon by the end of this decade,” a team of over half a million engineers and technicians from dozens of countries worked around the clock. Their “Impossible Dream” was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and without a single failure. The 38-story Saturn V. Moon Rocket is the perfect venue being an inspiring and tangible reminder that when people from all over the world collaborate on an important mission that nothing is impossible. It proves that any mission can be accomplished, any dream can come true, and any challenge can be met.
Panels can still be created and travel to other cities to be enjoyed before joining the final installation in 2014. The Friends of the Library will create one at the July 12 meeting at 7 p.m. If you or a group is interested in submitting a panel, contact Sue Birney at the Winfield Public Library for further information at 620-221-4470. Check out the Dream Rocket Project Web site at www.thedreamrocket.com.
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Winfield Public Library Show
Show: July 1 - 31, 2012
Article Published Friday July 6, 2012
WPL Friends meet Thurs.
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1855 Harris-Kearney House Exhibit in Kansas City MO from Monday July 23 - August 31, 2012
Theme: Freedom to Dream!
Why is this a special exhibit?
"Abraham Lincoln: A Man of his Time, A Man for All Time" exhibit will arrive at the museum July 25, and it will be mounted in the largest of the four gallery spaces. The Dream Rocket exhibit will be mounted in one of the three remaining spaces at the same time. So the theme...."Freedom to Dream!" seems appropriate.
The 1855 Harris-Kearney House is the oldest remaining residence in Kansas City, MO. The house has been restored to its 1855 appearance and is open for tours and also living history weekends.The Westport Historical Society operates the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in Kansas City MO, and is connected to the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum.
View images of artworks that will be exhibited in this show on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/sets/72157630194094706/
Learn more about the Dream Rocket project and how to participate at www.thedreamrocket.com
If you are a school or venue and would like learn more about how your group might qualify to participate for this exhibit or next years exhibits for free email
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Girl Scout Troop 1256 (2nd Grade Brownies) “Friends”Latham, New York
Monrovia Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama
Sandy Hart from Davis, CA
Girl Scout Troop 4847 from Elkview, West Virginia
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology from Huntsville, Alabama
Residents of the Pennswood Village/Woolman House–SkilleCare Unit in Newtown, Pennsylvania
Virginia A. Spiegel from Byron, IL
Cynthia Butcher from Blue Springs, Missouri
Jamie Kristin Rogers from Madison, Alabama
Art studio of Chigins, Creative group and students from Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Girl Scout Junior Troop 134 & Lisa Davis from Adams, TN
Girl Scout Troop 742 from Frankfort, KY
University of Huddersfield & All Saints Catholic High School in Huddersfield, England
Girl Scout Troop 33101 and Kayitah Nacori Vargas from Oakland, CA
Rainbow Elementary School in Madison, Alabama
JBS Deaf Services Group from Pelham, Al
Rebecca Bonyak from Cortland, NY
Brownie Troop #1024 from the Girl Scouts Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council from Florence, KY
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 214 from Frakes, KY
Bethel Girl Scout Troop 48001 of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Girl Scout Troop 1616 from Modesto, CA with theGirl Scouts Heart of Central California.
Menifee Co. Ky Girl Scout Troop 53 with Leader Jeneen Sallaz from Frenchburg, KY
Girl Scout Troop 1256 (2nd Grade Brownies) “Be Yourself, Be Amazing” from Latham, New York
‘IMAGINE’, a non-profit that creates Innovative Services for Cognitive and Physical Disabilities from from Lafayette, CO
Girl Scouts at PS 23 on Staten Island, New York, Organizer – Ronni Ettinger
Hands On Children’s Museum from Olympia, Washington (2 of 2)
Ashby Street Learning Academy in Atlanta, GA
Jacob Leakey from Winchester, KS
Wrapping a 'Dream Rocket'
By Heather A. Perry, News-Leader
Fiber artist Jennifer Marsh says she has been involved in art since before she can remember.
The Amelia Island Quilt Guild invited Marsh to give presentations about the Dream Rocket project at its monthly meeting and at the Fernandina Beach library. As founder of the International Fiber Collaborative, Marsh launched the Dream Rocket project in 2009.
A large-scale collaborative fiber wrap, the project will feature 8,000 fiber panels created by individuals from all around the world.
In May 2014, the panels will be connected side by side to wrap the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
"The designated theme of the panels is Dare to Dream," said Marsh.
The project challenges individuals to expand beyond the present state of the world and imagine the future.
"Perhaps more importantly, individuals are challenged to imagine their contribution to that future. These individuals' dreams and aspirations will combine to create a monumental 32,000-square-foot work of art, providing a tangible demonstration of the beauty of individuals collaborating to meet universal challenges."
Schools, libraries, health care facilities and museums are invited to participate. All submitted artworks are displayed in cities across the globe until the time the rocket is wrapped.
"It's so great for schools to be involved because you can cross the different subjects - arts, math and science - and problem solving collaboratively is the whole reason why I love these projects," said Marsh.
Students can follow the progress of their submitted panels on a map, leading to a geography lesson.
Among the backing materials used in the two-foot by two-foot or four-foot by four-foot panels are canvas, cotton, burlap and recycled materials.
"You can invent your own technique. I have seen people who print photographs on fabric or even use laminating to put a collage together to create their panel," said Marsh.
Submissions have taken an amazing variety of forms including quilting, applique, machine sewing and hand sewing, handmade fabric and beading, and have included many materials including lots of recyclables, cut-up clothing and even plastics.
Themes include health, community, conservation, peace, space and many more.
As a fiber artist, Marsh used many of these techniques and materials in her individual work, but felt unfulfilled.
"I realized that the capacity of my own creativity was limited and I thought if I could collaborate, it would be much more exciting."
This isn't the first time Marsh has been involved in wrapping something. In her last year of graduate school in 2008, she collaborated with people from 17 countries and 29 states to wrap an abandoned gas station in Syracuse, N.Y., with 3,000 panels.
Then in 2009, while teaching in Huntsville, Ala., she did a project involving 14,000 individually designed leaves on a tree.
Marsh resides as fellow of the Donald B. and Twila Catron Sr. Professorship of Art at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
A card listing the materials used, and detailing the story behind the panel, accompanies each submission in the exhibition.
Following Marsh's presentation to the Quilt Guild, several members made plans to create panels that will be displayed at the Yulee exhibition in September.
For more information about the International Fiber Collaborative and its current project, visit www.thedreamrocket.com.
The Amelia Island Quilt Guild meets the second Tuesday at the Woman's Club, 201 Jean LaFitte Ave. Programs are free and open to the public. For information visit aiquilters.com.
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May 1, 2012
Details and Credits coming soon....
Thank you to David Mazza at NASA for all of your help with this day!
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Display makers dare to dream
Published: March 8, 2012
By Carol Bronson
Link: Not available
|U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Final Exhibit (Wrapping)||AL||Apr 15|
|The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center||KS||Jan 1|
100th Kansas State Fair All skill and age levels are welcome to participate.
|Tecumseh South Elementary School||KS||Aug 15|
Salina Public Library A talk with scholar Tom Averill is scheduled for August 29 from 6:30 - 7:30
West Wyandotte Library A talk with scholar Tom Averill is scheduled for June 24 from 6:30 - 7:30
|Alcatraz Island||CA||May 15|
Marin Headlands Visitors Center
|Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library||KS||Apr 15|
Brown v. Board of Education, National Historic Site
Theme: Expressions of Freedom & Equality
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Theme: My Favorite Story
Kiowa County Library
A talk with scholar Sarah Smarsh is scheduled for April 4 from 6:30 - 7:30
Kingman Carnegie Library A talk with scholar Sarah Smarsh is scheduled for April 3 from 6:30 - 7:30
|Columbus Public Library||NE||Mar 15|
|Crissy Field Center||CA||Mar 15|
|Stanhope Public Library||IA||Mar 15|
|Lyons Public Library||KS||Mar 15|
|Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School||MS||Feb 15|
|2013 NAEA National Convention||TX||Feb 15|
|Blue Valley Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Leawood Pioneer Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Central Resource Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Lackman Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Corinth Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Gardner Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Antioch Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Cedar Roe Library||KS||Feb 15|
|McPherson Public Library||KS||Jan 15|
|Douglas County Law Library (Dec 1, 2012 - Jan 2013||KS||
|Baright Public Library||NE||Nov 15|
|Kansas State Fair||KS||Aug 15|
|Yulee Branch Library||FL||Aug 15|
|Bryceville Branch Library||FL||Jul 15|
|FOOTWISE Window Display||OR||Jul 15|
|1855 Harris-Kearney House||MO||Jul 15|
|Lawrence Public Library||KS||Jun 15|
|Paul Sawyier Public Library||KY||Jun 15|
|Winfield Public Library||KS||Jun 15|
|Arkansas City Public Library||KS||Jun 15|
|Mulvane Art Museum||KS||Jun 15
|Tallgrass Prairie National Park Visitors Center||KS||Jun 1|
|Clay Center Carnegie Library||KS||Jun 1|
|Philip S Miller Library||MO||May 20|
|Corning City Library||KS||May 15|
|Kiowa County Library||KS||May 15|
|Harper Public Library||KS||May 15|
|Morton-James Public Library||NE||May 15|
|Durham County Main Library||NC||Apr 15|
|Cheney Public Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Grant County Library||KS||Apr 15|
|POTTAWATOMIE-WABAUNSEE REGIONAL LIBRARY||KS||Apr 15|
|SUMP Memorial Library||NE||Apr 15|
|Goodland Public Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Eskridge Branch Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Fernandina Beach Library||FL||Apr 15|
|Alta Vista Mini Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Olsburg Mini Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Westmoreland Mini Library||KS||Apr 15|
|Harveyville Mini Library||KS||Apri 15|
|Onaga Branch||KS||Apr 15|
|Alma Branch||KS||Apr 15|
|Amelia Island Quilt Guild Visit and Display||FL||Apr 15
|Augusta Arts Council||KS||Apr 10|
|Wamego Public Library||KS||Mar 15
|Rossville Public Library||KS||Mar 15|
|Salina Public Library||KS||Mar 15|
|Silver Lake Public Library||KS||Mar 15|
|St. Mary's Grade School||KS||
|Mabee Library at Washburn University||KS||Mar 15|
|Revere Public Library||MA||Mar 15|
|Unified School District 321 Office, St. Mary's, KS||KS||Mar 15|
|Jetmore Public Library||KS||Mar 15|
|Hudson Park Branch||NY||Mar 15
|Seneca Free Library||KS||Mar 15
|Chaffee Elem.School||AL||Feb 15
|2012 NAEA Exhibit||NY||Feb 10
|Pratt Public Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Jay Johnson Public Library||KS||Feb 15|
|Kansas Discovery Museum, National Youth Art Mounth
|St. John's Catholic School||AL||Jan 15
|Ottawa Library||KS||Jan 15|
|Mundy Branch Library||NY||Jan 15
|Grand Central Branch||NY||Jan 15|
|Liberal Memorial Public Library||KS||Jan 15|
|Hamilton Fish Park Library
|Crestwood Elementary School||MS||TBA|
|Atkinson Public Library||NE||Dec 15|
|Imagine It Children's Mus||GA||Dec 15
Univ. of Huddersfield
|Valparaiso Public Library||NE||Nov 15|
|Huntsville-Madison County Public Library||AL||Nov 15
|Houston Public Library||GA||Nov 15
|Eleanor E. Murphy Library||AL||Nov 15
|Discovery Gateway Children's Mus.||UT
Children's Mus. of Phoenix
|Tompkins Sq. Branch Library||NY||
|KAEA (Kansas) Regional NAEA Conference Display||KS||
|Hands On Children's Mus.||WA|
Bronzeville Children's Mus.
|Tillman D. Hill Public Lib.||AL||
Ottendorfer Branch Library
Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library
World trade Center Memorial
National Quilt Museum
|SW Branch Library 3rd Show||FL||
|Atlanta-Fulton Public Library||GA||
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
|Children's Mus. of Cleveland||OH|
|SW Library Branch 2nd Show||FL||