Thursday, June 20, 2013

MAPA is where you want to be!

Remember MAPA is nearly everywhere you want to be!  Check us out all over the internet!

Submissions Open for Animation Celebration 2013!!!

The 2nd Annual MAPA Animation Celebration


After last year's amazing success, it's time to get toony again!
Do you have an animated short or feature that you would like to see on the LARGEST screen in the state of Kansas (75 x 100 ft.)?  What about screening them along side some of entertainment's hottest animators working right here in the Kansas City metro area?  How about getting feedback right from the artists?  MAPA and CinemaKC are joining forces to make make it all happen again.

The Midwest Association of Professional Animators (MAPA) is proud to once again partner with CinemaKC to present our annual Animation Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.  Special thanks again to the Neal family for allowing our event to be held again at the Boulevard Drive-in, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103.

This rare opportunity will give student, amateur and professional animators a chance to screen, discuss and answer questions about their respective works side-by-side.  Furthermore, the Boulevard's ground camera will give willing artists a chance to make their own silver screen debuts and talk about their works before our live audience.

All submissions should be a .mov or mpeg file, scaled to 1280x720. They must all include a complete credit list. There is no cost for submission. Deadline to submit is August 21, 2013.  Please contact Dylan, Taylor or Doug at

SEE the cutting edge of Animation, VFX and Motion Design from right here in the Midwest!

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 
Boulevard Drive-in
1051 Merriam Lane Kansas City, KS 66103
Tickets: $20 per carload

Gates open at 5PM.  (live music pending)
Films start at dusk. 
Check out the sizzle reel from our inaugural year!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

On June 29 and 30, The Downtown Olathe Arts Festival will host more than 100 juried artists exhibiting and selling original works of art at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in historic Downtown Olathe. A variety of mediums will be showcased, including live artistic performances throughout the event.

The festival will be held concurrently with the De’VIA Deaf Art Festival organized by the Deaf Cultural Center Foundation. This event will bring to Olathe a number of highly regarded Deaf artists, many of whom work in a genre known as “De’VIA”   (Deaf View/Image Art).

Mike Anderson, Chairman of the volunteer-run, Downtown Olathe Arts Festival Board, is excited about the collaboration: “We are honored that nine De’VIA artists are participating. We decided early in our organizing to support artists with disabilities and also younger, emerging artists.”

“We believe the power of art can transform lives and should be available to everyone,” Anderson said.  “To that end we decided to keep the event free of charge and have worked hard to make sure the venue is fully accessible for people with mobility challenges.”

Children’s activities include painting, jewelry making and sculpting.  The Doodle Bug – a popular attraction that allows kids to color on a white, Volkswagen Beetle – will also be on site.
Festival hours are 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 29, and 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 30.  More information, including videos of featured artists, can be found at