Art by Nebraska Children to Adorn a Rocket

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Date: July 28, 2016

The Dream Rocket Project comes to Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Kids from all over Nebraska will have their artwork displayed at the monument August 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

The Dream Rocket Project, launched in 2009, is collecting thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. Eventually, all submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385′ Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. This wrapped SLS will be placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States. The SLS is NASA's dream rocket, representing their dream of going to Mars and beyond.

Different sites have hosted projects with various themes. The theme Scotts Bluff National Monument has chosen is: "Emigration and Art: Painting Life along the Trail". The artwork celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service and the 150th anniversary of noted artist and photographer William Henry Jackson's first trip through the area. The theme ties the dream of the emigrants going west with the dream of reaching Mars and beyond. Superintendent Morford states, "We are pleased to display the creativity of the next generation with this project. I hope that the community will come out and see the kids creativity."

Each piece of art is on a square of fabric 24 inches by 24 inches. The children work as a team to decide what they want to show and what materials they will use. They can paint, glue and sew to show their interpretation of the theme. After the exhibit at Scotts Bluff, the artwork will be returned to the project to become part of the rocket.

Scotts Bluff National Monument will host two exhibits of artwork. The second will be December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017. There is still time to sign up for the second exhibit. If any schools or groups that work with children would like to participate, they can visit for more information. Artwork will also be accepted from South Dakota, eastern Wyoming and eastern Colorado.

Last updated: July 28, 2016

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