PAST EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
5th Annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration
Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kessler Park at Scarritt Point ( the parkland just west of the Kansas City Museum at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. KCMO 64123)
FREE to attend, all ages welcome!
Bring a picnic and enjoy the park and city view
*please note N. Walrond Ave. will be closed through traffic*
Presented in partnership with the Mattie Rhodes Center, this annual celebration at the Kansas City Museum explores the history and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos! Enjoy the following free activities: live music by Son Selecta, a special performance by Lee Langston, Bukeka Blakemore, Bryan Alford Jr, and Odell D. Talley presented by Kansas City UNESCO City of Music*, puppetry by Stone Lion Puppet Theater, kids arts and crafts, and a fashion show by Giselle’s Bridal KC and Zouk Choreography! Guests are also welcomed to participate in a community alter installation.
Handmade sugar skulls from California will be available for purchase for $3 per sugar skull (limit one per child) with glitter, sequins, and feathers available for decoration.
Food Trucks on site from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Coffee Cake KC
Sancho Street Side
*The selection of Kansas City, Missouri as the only U.S. city ever named a music city by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The City of Music recognition is part of a 180-city Creative Cities Network, also encompassing Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, and Media Art globally.”
Kids Day of the Dead arts & crafts stations by:
Artist & Craftsman & Supply Kansas City
Kansas City Museum
Mattie Rhodes Art Center
For more information, please contact Paul Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 816.513.0726.
Free Community Event
Saturday, September 22, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Concourse Park *the event takes place on Gladstone Blvd. and the street will be closed
200 Benton Blvd., KCMO 64123
Join us on Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Concourse Park, the event takes place on Gladstone Blvd. and the street will be closed, in the Historic Northeast to provide input on creative crosswalk designs for the “Creative Concourse Parks Project” (see below). Meet team members, neighbors, and park goers. Enjoy games as well as food and sweat treats from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
The Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association is partnering with the Kansas City Museum, the Kansas City Museum Foundation, the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, and Greater Kansas City LISC on the “Creative Concourse Park Project,” a creative placemaking project for the Concourse Park in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood of the Historic Northeast. Funded by Greater Kansas City LISC, this project began in June 2017 and is being led by a committee of neighborhood residents and a team of artists—Georgianna Londre Buchanan, Rachel Eilts, and Michael Toombs—who are working together and with the organizational partners to develop and implement a creative solution for increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the Concourse Park. An uptick in pedestrian and vehicular traffic has occurred with new, popular park amenities including a playground with a hillside slide and futsal courts.
The Creative Concourse Park Project consists of two Phases: Phase I Development, which took place from June through September 2017 and Phase II Implementation, which is in process and is expected to be completed in October 2018. For Phase I, artists Buchanan, Eilts, and Toombs focused on gathering input from neighbors and park-users to determine a creative solution for calming traffic in the Concourse Park. For example, the artists set up a booth at community events to garner feedback through surveys, conversations, interactive displays, and art activities. As part of these efforts, the artists created a full brand identify for the project including a logo and a fully fabricated mobile display cart (with a small trailer) that was used in the Concourse Park and that can be used for all future creative placemaking projects.
With robust community input, Buchanan, Eilts, and Toombs designed six concepts, ranging from creative crosswalks to sculptural elements, to address increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the Concourse Park. The concepts took into consideration stages for implementation, alternate options for each concept, re-shaping the identity and recognition of the park through environmental design, and further community outreach opportunities. The concepts were designed to provide both short-term and long-term solutions based on funding availability. The artists also addressed immediate needs such as more signage, a traffic study, road improvements, and designated parking. To view the report for Phase I that includes the process for community engagement and the concepts, click here.
For Phase II, which takes place from July through October 2018, Buchanan, Eilts, and Toombs will collaborate again with neighborhood residents and organizational partners to implement one of the six concepts. As the Creative Concourse Park Project is completed this fall, the Parks Department will be working with City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land, and additional local partners to produce the Creative Placemaking Workshop slated for November 2018. To read the release from the City Parks Alliance, click here.