KCMO to launch survey to determine creative space priorities for artists, arts organizations & creative businesses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, wants to know what artists, arts and cultural organizations and creative businesses consider their top creative space priorities for the future. So the City is conducting an 11-week, regional survey in partnership with Artspace and Kansas City Economic Development Corporation to find out.
The official launch is being held on Oct. 25, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road. The free reception is open to the arts community as well as developers and neighborhood leaders.
This is the second phase of an effort that began in March 2015 when Artspace, America’s leading developer of arts facilities, representatives visited the City. A report on the visit included a recommendation to survey artists and creative organizations from diverse art disciplines, ages and ethnic backgrounds to assess creative space needs.
Megan Crigger, Director of Office of Culture and Creative Services, is strongly encouraging stakeholders to complete the survey, calling their participation “vital.”
“Survey findings have the potential to inform broader impact on neighborhood revitalization, and possibly help to re-purpose abandoned city properties,” Crigger said. “We know there’s a dearth of functional spaces for creatives in Kansas City and across the country. The survey will help quantify that need and help tell that story for future planning in support of the arts in Kansas City. This will inform short- and long-term strategies to ensure creatives can thrive here.”
Media inquiries should be directed to Arts Marketing Coordinator Consuelo Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-3475.