Sparkling Spiral by ~readheadgirl on deviantART
I'm excited to tell you that I'll be part of the Troost Art Hop tomorrow, Friday the 13th from 7-10 PM! I'll be showing a few paintings (including the one above, which I made at a local music show over 4 hours) and several collages. My stuff will be at the Ubuntu Village Community Center (4327 Troost) with two other local artists and where the local KC Drum Tribe will be playing. You can also see more art at the Emerald City Welcome Center (4334 Troost) and the Jason Turner Gallery right beside it.
The Troost Art Hop is part of the Emerald City revitalization project. Crystal K. Wiebe described it in January 2012 issue of local women-focused magazine her this way:
Kansas City's most notorious street [Troost Avenue] is a boundary line for Emerald City, an area where, a a community organizer, [Franny] Knight would find it very cool for you to invest your dollars, sweat and creative energy. Better known as the Manheim Historic Park Neighborhood, this impoverished section of Kansas City's urban core extends from 39th and 46th streets between Troost and Paseo, and contains about 60 boarded up houses and 50 vacant lots.I'm excited to be part of such an ambitious project & look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
The area lies within the 150 square blocks of blight that US Rep Emanuel Cleaver II has identified as the Green Impact Zone. His related initiatives involved some federal and local revitalization money, but Knight, a 46-year-old Wichita native and former motivational speaker and corporate trainer, sees the potential for greater transformation. She wants to create an intentional community in the heart of Kansas City where all kinds of people coexist and cooperate in an artful, safe and sustainable setting. Think community gardening, bicycle sharing, holistic health care, alternative education programs and a functioning "Earth Ship" -- an environmentally friendly demonstration home that functions completely off the grid.
Knight's Emerald City dream already is underway in the form of monthly second Friday art walks along Troost and a couple of neglected houses that are once again liveable.
By the way, if you missed it, my latest post for Arts America went up last week. Read it here.May's Heavenly Creations Now Exclusively on Etsy