Potential Land Bank homebuyers are getting a brand new ‘picture’ of what could be, thanks to a partnership between the Land Bank of Kansas City, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Greater Kansas City and Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards. Artwork produced by a dozen Hallmark employees is on display outside several Land Bank homes on the city’s east side. The Hallmark artists painted boards, used for door and window coverings, for five Land Bank homes. The so-called ‘Urban Canvas’ adds color, life and ‘curb appeal’ to the homes.
“We wanted to bring a little bit of color to midtown and the east side, ” said Chad Erpelding, Land Bank program specialist. “Normally, when you drive down some of these blocks, you’ll see (plain) white board after white board covering a vacant home. For people to now walk out their door, or drive by, and see something beautiful, that’s fantastic!”
Erpelding hung the panels- easily visible from the street and sidewalk- and took neighborhood leaders, LISC and the Hallmark artists on a tour of the homes to “see their work in action.”
This project is part of Hallmark’s ‘My Five Days’ initiative. Employees are given five days a year to volunteer for projects bettering the community. Conversations are already underway between the Land Bank, LISC and Hallmark for ‘part two’ in late fall or early 2019.
The five homes are in the 3900 block of Cleveland, the 4900 block of East Linwood, the 4500 and 5600 blocks of Prospect and the 2300 block of Hardesty.