Nick Ward Bopp, Made in KCMO, October 22nd, 2012, $1,750







Wiley Cowdin, September 8th, 2012, $419 Food Musical at Reading Reptile! 








Adam Finkelston, August 19th, 2012, $620

Sarah Star Wilkison, July 29th, 2012, $644 –

Sara Cramer, June 24th, 2012, $212-

Calder Kamin, May 31st, 2012. $270-

Bread & Glitter,Creative Commissary, and Front Space, April 2012, $130-

Julia Cole/Beating the Bounds, March 25th 2012, $441-

We Are Superman, February 26th, 2012 $302- 







Pequignot Palace, January 31st, 2012, $878





Rebekka Federle, October 16th, 2011, $720-








CartWheel, September 25th 2011, $627-

Amy Klingman, August 28th 2011, $270-info soon ! 






Maria Creyts, July 24th 2011, $450

For mural scale-photo projects, I create my subject matter from fabric.  Bread grant funds will help send me to an artist’s residency in West Africa where I’ll create hand patterned yardage with guidance from masters of traditional adire resist methods.  Upon return to Kansas City the fabric will be treated as subject matter in a photo-based environment, indigo blue Room, where imagery will encompass the viewer and function like sound in music.

Look for news of ArT-bAkE in November where small works and home baked specialties will be available for sale at an open studio event in advance of my December departure to West Africa.


Maria Creyts in front of her work, raggedy rose, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in April 2011. My Bread grant funds, with indigo batik I made behind

Nicholas Naughton La Cucaracha Press, June 5th 2011, $360

“With my BREAD grant I’ll be putting money towards my first printing press, lead type, and studio accessories.  It is a Chandler and Price letterpress and dates back to early 20th century.  Along with the press are three full cabinets of lead type, ornaments and vintage photo plates.  At one time, the studio where this press operated printed full scale newspapers for the Croatian community living around Strawberry Hill in Kansas City.  My goal is to use it in my work, both as an artist and as a designer.  It serves as the first piece of a larger goal, wherein I’ll have screen printing, letterpress, intaglio and relief equipment in a studio accessible to artists around the metro area.  Building a comprehensive studio such as this is costly to run and many print artists lack the means to have such equipment and the space to house it.  My printshop, La Cucaracha Press, will be one where the public can work at affordable costs, where I’ll make my own work, and through invitational collaboration I will publish limited edition projects by artists who work in any creative medium.”    -Nicholas Naughton

Roberto Lugo- May 12th 2011, – $1065 (donated $500 back to BREAD KC!)

Roberto says “With the grant I received from BREAD I am able to travel to Foley, Alabama in order to work with master pottery Tom Jones.  I am advancing my technical skills by replicating object in multiples and continuing my work within the community by saving objects to use in a Kansas City Project “Neighbor to Neighbor”. This opportunity is allowing me many opportunities including an Anthropological study.  I am currently surround by people and artists that are from a different cultures with different ideologies but we are working together to make work and putting aside our differences”.

M.O.I – Minster of Information, April 17th 2011 – $ 360 Bread Grant
Project: Bike Flag. This project pushes the boundaries of printmaking and explores patriotism by using bicycles to print large American flags.

Bread grants funds will be used to buy a large roll of paper and printing ink.

Importance: Bicycles are a very real (an important) symbol of freedom throughout the world. One could argue that flags are as well. Bikes and flags have, and continue to be, important inspirations in my life.

Ayla Rexroth-Sub Gallery, March 20, 2011 -$150 Bread Grant,

Subterranean Gallery Proudly Presents
The One Night Stands Exhibition and Critique Series

One Night Stands is a community exhibition and critique to benefit emerging studio artists in their studio practices. For artist’s feedback and community are vital to a successful studio practice. Outside of institutionalized education most artists don’t have access to a group discussion about their work.

The One Night Stand exhibition will take place April 22nd and 23rd . The exhibition will feature artwork by Jane Sheldon and Stephen Proski in a one night public opening with followed by an artist sleep over at the gallery. The gallery will be open to the public from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. for the exhibition and reopen following morning for invitational breakfast and group critique dicussion from 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. the following day.

The artists and curator will select guests with a special invitation to attend the breakfast and morning after critique. Other guests may RSVP to attend breakfast and critiques.

Limited space is available for critiques.To reserve your space at crits email a request to

Facebook Search: Subterranean Gallery

*Subterranean Gallery is an experimental art space that merges a domestic living space with a public gallery space. It is located underground in a Kansas City, Missouri apartment building. Subterranean gallery resident Ayla Rexroth acts as artist, curator, and hostess responding to the artwork installation process by modifying the apartment to accommodate artworks. While traditional galleries create a formal setting with tall ceilings and the ‘white cube’ format, Subterranean strives to facilitate creative environments and intimate ambiance. This approach emphasizes the collaboration between artist, site, artwork, and audience. Programming ranges from art exhibitions, film screenings, dinner soirees, and public critiques; all of which are designed to provide opportunities and community for emerging artists. Located within walking distance from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCAI and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Marlee Stempelman and five students presented about the Troubadours, $720 Bread Grant( Jan/Feb 2011), a poetry club at Turner High School in Kansas City, KS. Marlee initiated the program with Jessica Kendall in this school with high levels of “equal opportunity” poverty. The club is not funded by the school, district or the state of Kansas, and accepts any student who expresses interest in poetry or the arts. They fundraise throughout the year, but this just covers the cost of their annual publications. The students who were present testified to the huge difference the community and mentorship has provided in their lives, as well as the important role that writing provides as a means of self-expression. They are hoping to provide small scholarships for students who want to go on to college, and also to implement a plan where they can bring in local artists to work one-on-one with the students.

This is a collaborative poem written by the students:


Heroes with an identity

People with an imagination

A collaborative crew designed with talents and rhymes

Injected into a book with a pen, viewed by the human eye

A box of dreams

A path of goals

We were separate poets, now we are a single poetic family

We are full of hope

We are who make this world

We are the future

We decide our futures

We persevere

All different, yet so alike

All holding back so much, with a story to tell

We are the wall sockets of imagination

We respect all who come to us

We are love, dreams and life

We are people willing to change the meaning of great writing

The Troubadours received the most audience votes, and so were awarded the purse of $490 from this BREAD! gathering.

Ashley Miller presented about a music program called the Garrison Booth. $100 Bread Grant-November 21st 2010

“I started the Garrison Booth project in the summer of 2008 after watching a forgotten film about Jamaican sound-systems in the 60s.  There was one clip in particular of a really hellish slum in Kingston: there was a mobile sound-system set up on the corner, one guy with a mic, and a group of kids singing and dancing along. Everyone was smiling like they were in paradise.  It was a literal musical transmutation of consciousness. Simply ecstatic. I wanted to see if I could replicate that experiment in present day Kansas City. I met the director of the Garrison Community Center via some homeschool friends of mine who were renting the gym.  One day I just brought a drum machine and an 8-track recorder and it grew from there. The current Booth is located in the basement of the Garrison Community Center in the Columbus Park neighborhood of K.C.M.O.”

You can visit the Booth’s blog at

Ashley’s presentation at BREAD was to pitch for funding to take this program to the next level. He wants to be able to build a proper stage with mirrors for practicing, lights and microphones – so that they can transition to live performance.

Theo Bunch presented two different projects that he has been working on while a student at the Kansas City art Institute: $90 Bread Grant-October 17th 2010

Home Grown : Home Grown is a community garden and urban farm currently being constructed for the Kansas City Art Institute community.  The farm will grow crops for art materials such as flax, willow, and natural dye plants. These plants will be harvested, processed, and used by the classes at the Art Institute. The farm is located on Walnut street surrounded by apartments housing students. Because of this a large portion of the lot will be turned into raised beds to be used as a community student garden. This will be a place for students to explore the growing world and explore sustainable living concepts and practices. A lecture series has begun, open to KCAI students and the Home Grown project’s partners and volunteers. The lecture series features urban farmers, scientists, activists, green artists, and gardeners sharing their knowledge. This project will hopefully become a catalyst for the Sustainabilty and DIY movement in Kansas City, and offer more opportunities and diversity for the students of KCAI. The Home Grown project also supports the Art Farm high school program providing help and mentoring for DeLaSalle students

Art Farm: 
This is a program at DeLaSalle High School that engages the students in hands on learning. An urban farm site has been constructed on site for the high school students. The farm serves to rebuild the practical do it yourself skills that most of the American population has forgotten in a matter of generations. Lessons involve the teaching of useful skills and trades like bread making, cooking, food preserving, and gardening, but in the process incorporate lessons on larger topics. Ecology, environmental science, art, biology, physical education, and nutrition have all been incorporated into the Art Farm curriculum. Volunteers running the project collaborate with the school’s teachers to take the classes outdoors and make the lessons exciting and fresh. The food from Art Farm is sent to the cafeteria and is then eaten by the students who grew

Credit: Julia Cole, all previous Bread Winners, as well as The Imaginative Reinvention of Education Symposium

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