You may have seen the artwork filling the windows of the Kids Library and David J’s Place in the library. The art was created by Topeka and Shawnee County elementary school children in partnership with Jennifer Marsh, of Washburn and the Dream Rocket Project. The works will be on display through April.
Come in and see a selection of children’s work depicting their favorite stories. Their visual stories were created as part of an initiative to educate students and bring art to public spaces. Washburn University Catron Professor of Art Jennifer Marsh organized The Dream Rocket project. These young Topeka artists are among thousands of students nationwide who collaborated with Marsh to create 2’x2’ patches. Ultimately, Marsh hopes thousands of these colorful squares will wrap the Saturn V Moon rocket, on permanent display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
North Fairview Elementary School, 48 students, 2 classes, Kindergarten, Teacher: Emily Ruby
Pauline Central Elementary School, 131–236 students, Teacher: Katie Morris
Shaner Elementary School, 30 students from their art club, Teacher: Mehlina McEntire
Meadows Elementary School, 20 students from 5th grade, Teacher: Diane Pomeroy
McCarter Elementary School, 100 students from 5th grade, 4 classes, Teachers: Jenny Lee and Erin Schramm
Tecumseh South Elementary School, 488 students, 23 classes, Teacher: Reagan Tofflemire
West Indianola Elementary School, 41 students, Kindergarten, Teacher: Emily Rudy
Rochester Elementary School, 39 students, Kindergarten, Teacher: Emily Rudy
Pleasant Hill Elementary School, 37 students, Kindergarten, 2 classes, Teacher: Emily Ruby
Quincy Elementary School, 25 – 50 students, after school art program grades k – 5, Teacher: Darlene Regnier
Washburn University, 58 art students, 3 classes, Design One, Professor: Marguerite Perret, Christa Dalien, and Clinton Ricketts
Washburn University, 15 students, 1 class, Art & Civic Engagement, Professor: Jennifer Marsh