Kansas City composers collaborate on Smithsonian's newest museum projection mapping

#KCProud companies, Quixotic, BicMedia & Bazillion, collaborate to #‎IlluminateNMAAHC‬ 

The team that brought Kansas City's Union Station to life for the 100 Year Celebration was commissioned by the Smithsonian to create another projection mapping experience, this time on the facade of The National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening Fall 2016.

Quixotic Entertainment along with two other Kansas City production companies: Bazillion Pictures & BicMedia created a digital projection and original musical score for the Smithsonian’s event to countdown to the Museum’s Grand Opening: Commemorating the anniversaries of 13th Amendment, Voting Rights Act and Civil War’s End. The museum “came alive” for three nights, November 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Featuring state-of-the-art digital projection imagery, the south (facing Madison Drive) and west exterior (facing 15th Street and the Washington Monument) façades were transformed into a five-story-tall, one-block-long 3-D canvas. The video display was seven minutes long and ran continuously all three nights from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The projection mapping is a specialty production by Quixotic Entertainment, a Kansas City, Mo.-based hi-tech and performance arts company, featuring Bazillion Pictures, an animation company and BicMedia, a video and music production company. The original score is a collaboration between composers, Julian Bickford, BicMedia & Shane Borth, who collectively won two mid-America regional EMMY awards for the KC Union Station 100 Year Celebration, "The Monument Comes Alive."

The projection for the National Museum of African American History and Culture includes historic images related to slavery, abolition, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The event pays tribute to three important milestones in African American history: ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended the institution of slavery (1865), the end of the Civil War (surrender at Appomattox, Va., April 8, 1865). and passage of the Voting Rights Act (Aug. 6, 1965).


Watch the construction of the Museum:

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture broke ground in February 2012 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The 400,000-square-foot building is being built on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument at a cost of $540 million. While construction is moving forward, the museum is hosting public programs, organizing traveling exhibitions and producing books and recordings. Its eighth exhibition, “Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” is on view in the museum’s temporary gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For more information, visit