FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2018
West Bottoms Reborn, a two-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, is nearing completion. The goal of the project was to develop a strategy that integrates local artists and design professionals in the visioning and designing of a network of public spaces in the West Bottoms. Project culmination includes a series of public events April 26-May 12 throughout the West Bottoms. The events showcase ways of experiencing the West Bottoms that are informed by the public, community stakeholders and the West Bottoms Reborn design team. The event schedule includes:
APRIL 26 – APRIL 29
West Bottoms Walking Tours
West Bottoms Reborn design team artist Carmen Moreno hosts a series of walking tours and presentations in and about the West Bottoms, designed to engage participants in art-based processes of investigation.
APRIL 28 – JUNE 30
West Bottoms Art Installation by James Woodfill
West Bottoms Reborn design team lead artist James Woodfill unveils an installation and survey, titled A System of Public Placing. The word will remain on display in public spaces in the West Bottoms through June 2019.
Moderated Panel Discussion: The Problems of Placemaking
The fourth and final installment of the West Bottoms Reborn public engagement series, “Honoring History + Place,” will take place on May 1 at Faultless Starch Event Space, 11:30 am-1 pm. West Bottoms Reborn Design team artists will sit down with Director of Creative Services Megan Crigger, to discuss their experiences as members of the design team and issues related to agency, conflict, problem-solving, blind spots and authenticity.
MAY 5 – MAY 12
West Bottoms Reborn Final Project Exhibition & Public Space Activation
A curated display of project artifacts and work by the West Bottoms Reborn design team will be on view. Temporary public space activation will also take place at three public sites: 1) 12th Street Alley; 2) Liberty Courtyard; and 3) Central Avenue Viaduct. The exhibition and May 10 reception (5-8 pm) will be at 1501 W. 9th St.
MAY 5TH – MAY 12th
West Bottoms Art Installation by Miranda Clark
West Bottoms Reborn Design Team Artist Miranda Clark unveils a series of sculptures made from 2-way mirrored extruded sheets of acrylic.
All events will coincide with the Third Annual West Bottoms Heritage Week, a weeklong celebration of the area that highlights the West Bottoms’ regional history and culture.
The West Bottoms Reborn Project is a partnership between the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Office of Culture and Creative Services, Kansas City Design Center, Historic West Bottoms, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and the creative community. The Office of Culture and Creative Services, in partnership with Kansas City Design Center, received an Our Town grant award in 2016 for this project.
About the Office of Culture and Creative Services, a division of the City Manager’s Office, was established in 2015 to lead cultural development efforts for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Its mission is to serve Kansas City residents by bolstering and catalyzing arts, culture and creativity and leveraging the arts as a strategy for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural vitality for its citizens.
About the National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.