West Bottoms Reborn project sparks conversation through public engagement series; Help create art by joining a scavenger hunt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 30, 2017
The Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture and Creative Services is partnering with PLUG Projects and Kansas City Design Center to bring internationally-renowned artist Julie Schenkelberg to help promote “West Bottoms Reborn,” a project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant.
Schenkelberg will use local materials that accent the rich history of the West Bottoms to create a unique exhibit that will be on view at PLUG Projects starting Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 28.
This installation and related programming are part of a series of public engagements titled “Honoring History and Place,” designed to honor the West Bottoms. The public is invited to join us for these free events:
Scavenger Hunt, Sept. 2 and 9, 10 a.m., PLUG Projects, 1613 Genessee St.
Public participation is needed for two scavenger hunts to collect materials to be used for the installation. A West Bottoms guide will be at PLUG Projects to provide maps.
Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg, Sept.14 (5:30 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. presentation); Faultless Starch Event Space, 1009 W. 8th St.
Julie Schenkelberg discusses her installation process and unique method of building. Register for this presentation.
“Spark Plugs,” Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m., PLUG Projects, 1613 Genessee St.
Children (ages 4 to 13) and their parents are invited to a discussion and art-making program focused on the work of Schenkelberg and JE Baker. Local art educator Dennis Helsel leads a session where children and parents can share their ideas about the work of artists currently on view at PLUG Projects. After the discussion, participants will receive supplies so that they can create their own art in response to the exhibition and discussion.
“Honoring History + Place” is a series of presentations to engage the general public, arts and business communities and civic agencies about creative placemaking. The series brings nationally-renowned speakers to Kansas City to:
- Exchange best practices in creative placemaking;
- Share project ideas from around the country
- Facilitate conversations between diverse audiences
“Honoring History + Place” continues through mid-2018 with:
- January 2018: A conversation with Karen McCoy, Kansas City Art Institute Professor and Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland, Calif.
- April 2018: Panel discussion with West Bottoms Reborn artist consultants Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and Jim Woodfill, moderated by Hesse McCraw, partner at El Dorado.
West Bottoms Reborn Partners are: Kansas City Design Center; Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture & Creative Services; KCMO Planning Department; KC Water; PLUG Projects (for September public engagement series); Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas; Artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill.
Media inquiries should be directed to Arts Marketing Coordinator Consuelo Cruz at 816-513-3475.