Conservatory Alumni and Staff Win Rocket Grant from Charlotte Street, 2011-12

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Conservatory alumni and staff have been awarded a $4,000 Rocket Grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO.

Awardees include Daniel Eichenbaum, (DMA, Composition, 2010) Bob Riddle, Cheryl Melfi (Conservatory Academy staff); Richard Johnson (DMA student, Composition); and Rebecca Ashe (DMA, 2008, flute performance).

They won for their project, Dark Matter presents “Ascent” in which a community-built balloon will carry high-resolution cameras to the edge of space, connecting local artists and scientists in the process. The resulting images will generate an hour-long performance featuring live electro-acoustic music and narration at Union Station's (Kansas City, MO) Gottlieb Planetarium.

Charlotte Street Foundation and The Spencer Museum of Art, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, are excited to announce the selection of ten projects selected to receive Rocket Grants of $4000 each in 2011-2012! This is the second year of Rocket Grants , which seek to support and encourage work that is inventive and “under the radar”, 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 our region, and to contribute to a thriving artists’ community.

Congrats to our alumni and staff!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949