Save the Date: Downtown Council Annual Luncheon, Friday, Jan. 8

KC Streetcar Photo Courtesy of KC Star

KC Streetcar Photo Courtesy of KC Star

 

Save the date for the Downtown Council’s 2016 Annual Luncheon on Friday, January 8, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.  

The luncheon will illustrate why Downtown is the best business location in Kansas City.  Today’s Downtown Kansas City has a robust commercial business community and growing residential population; it’s the regional center for culture, innovation and art; it’s accessible with a wide variety of transit options – soon to include the KC Streetcar; it’s vibrant; engaging; creative and Smart.

 

Courtesy of KC Star.

Courtesy of KC Star.

Our keynote speaker, Jason W. Tolliver, J.D., Vice President – Americas Research, Cushman & Wakefield, will accentuate Downtown Kansas City’s place in a national trend as he discusses research from the report, Core Values:  Why American Companies are Moving Downtown.  This report was produced by Smart Growth America in partnership with Cushman & Wakefield and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.  Mr. Tolliver also will lead a panel discussion of local business and civic leaders who have moved their companies to Downtown or are currently considering such a move.

Luncheon Highlights:

  • Presentation of the Downtown Council’s highest honor, the J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship.
  • Announcement of the 2015 Urban Hero Award recipients, honoring small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals who are improving the quality and diversity of life Downtown.
  • Introduction of the 2015 LaunchKC innovative technology-based start-up business grant recipients
  • Prior to the luncheon, guests will participate in the Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit.  More than 50 booth spaces will highlight new developments, creative businesses and the arts of Downtown.

We encourage you to join the 900+ business, civic, cultural and education leaders who attend this luncheon each year!  Become a sponsor and you will have the opportunity for premium seating and corporate exposure at the event.

Learn more about the luncheon at www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon. Please click here to learn about Sponsorship Benefits and register for the luncheon.  Contact Shannen Merrick (smerrick@evenergy.com) or Ann Holliday (ann@downtownkc.org) with any specific questions about the luncheon or sponsorships.  We look forward to your support!  

 

The KC Streetcar is coming home

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Kansas City welcomes Streetcar #801, more than 50 years after the last streetcar ride

WHAT:     The arrival of Kansas City’s first streetcar, #801, from vehicle manufacturer CAF USA, Inc.
The new KC Streetcar vehicles, which are modern, sleek, climate-controlled and Wi-Fi enabled, are picking up the numbering where it left off more than 50 years ago with the 725-799 streetcar series.  The new vehicles are known as the 801-804 series.

WHEN:     Monday, November 2, 2015.  Estimated arrival mid-morning. Information is subject to change. Follow up details will be posted on twitter (www.twitter.com/kcstreetcar).

WHO:     CAF, along with Silk Road Transport, will deliver KC Streetcar vehicle #801 more than 1,000 miles from Elmira, N.Y. to Kansas City, Missouri.  This is the first of four streetcar vehicles that CAF is manufacturing for Kansas City. Silk Road Transport is based in Arkport, New York, and specializes in transporting specialized cargo, specifically for the mass transit industry.

WHERE: The public and media are invited to watch the arrival of KC Streetcar #801.  A safe viewing area will be set up within the northern half of the KC Area Transportation Authorities’ RideKC Park & Ride lot at 3rd and Grand.  Additional parking is available in the Park & Ride lot, in surrounding City Market lots, and on side streets.  There will be no parking along Grand Boulevard from 3rd Street to 2nd Street.

HOW:    Traffic control will be provided by the Kansas City Police Department. Once on-site, the streetcar will be offloaded onto the tracks located along 2nd Street just east of Oak Street. The streetcar will then be attached to a tow truck and pulled into the Kite Singleton Vehicle Maintenance Facility located at 600 East 3rd Street.

As Kansas City prepares for the arrival of the first streetcar vehicle, the KC Streetcar Constructors are busy testing the track, facilities, power infrastructure and communication systems associated with the streetcar project. These stand alone tests are being performed now prior to the arrival of the streetcar vehicle.  Once the first streetcar vehicle arrives, integrated testing can begin shortly thereafter.

The KC Streetcar is a modern, bi-directional streetcar vehicle, approximately 77 feet long, weighs 78,000 lbs., and has a maximum rider capacity of 150. It offers level boarding at all of its 16 stops, making it easier for bike riders, wheelchairs and strollers to board and disembark from the vehicle.

For additional information, visit the KC Streetcar website at www.kcstreetcar.org or contact Donna Mandelbaum Manager with the KC Streetcar Authority at 816.627.2526 (office), 816.877.3219 (cell), or email at dmandelbaum@kcstreetcar.org. The KC Streetcar is also online on Twitter (@kcstreetcar), Facebook (@kcstreetcar) and Instagram.

Sprint Center to hold public memorial service

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A city-wide memorial service in honor of fallen firefighters Larry J. Leggio and John V. Mesh is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center. The public memorial service will be hosted by IAFF Local 42.

According to IAFF Local 42, the firefighters died as a result of injuries suffered during a structural collapse while fighting a three-alarm fire in Kansas City’s Old Northeast district on Monday. Leggio was a 17-year veteran and Mesh was an 11-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department.  Both men are from a family of Kansas City Fire Fighters.

Leggio, 43, leaves a wife, mother and family.  Mesh, 39, leaves a wife, four daughters, mother and family. For more information about the fallen firefighters, visit the IAFF Local 42 website.

Two other members of IAFF Local 42, Fire Apparatus Operator Chris Anderson and Firefighter Dan Werner were hospitalized but are expected to be released and make a full recovery.

The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. According to IAFF Local 42, doors will open 60 minutes prior to the start of the services.

To prepare for the memorial service, Grand Boulevard will be closed and Truman Road (north) will be reduced to one lane going west. Residents are advised to follow detours, as posted. Additional details regarding the memorial service will be released as they are finalized.

A fund to support the families of fallen firefighters is available through IAFF Local 42. Tax-deductible donations will be given to the families of firefighters Leggio and Mesh.

Donations may be made by check, payable to IAFF Local 42 and should be sent to 6320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A; Kansas City, Mo. 64133. Sympathy cards may also be mailed to the same address.

’15 Great Place in America’ – Kudos to the Crossroads

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a centerpiece of the Crossroads neighborhood. The center hosts an array of fine arts performances, including music, opera, and ballet.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a centerpiece of the Crossroads Arts District, named one of the “15 Great Places in America” this week. The 4-year-old Kauffman Center is located in the heart of Downtown Kansas City and is considered the most one of the outstanding performing arts centers in the world.

As we prepare to celebrate the October edition of First Friday tonight, it’s only fitting that the Crossroads Arts District has received national kudos this week for being one of the coolest places in the land.
The Crossroads of Downtown Kansas City made this year’s list of “15 Great Places in America,” according a national group of city planners.
The American Planning Association included the Crossroads on its annual list of neighborhoods, streets and public places released Wednesday.
“The Crossroads merges creativity, technology, and heritage into a melting pot of economic development,” according to the “15 Great Places” report. “The district continues to thrive in large part because of strong collaborate partnerships between city leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and residents.”
Much of the planning for that transformation may not be obvious, said Roberta Rewers, a spokeswoman for the association. “It’s like an iceberg,” she said. “It’s 90 percent of the work that goes on under the water.”
The association praised the area’s mix of artistic and entrepreneurial activities, walkability of streets and the efforts of city planners through Kansas City’s FOCUS plan in the 1990s and the Greater Downtown Area Plan in 2010.
“The Crossroads is best known for its arts and entertainment culture — from the upscale to the extreme, visitors will find an array of artistic expression within a few walkable blocks,” the article continued. “The iconic Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is set in the northwest corner of the arts district.
“The Crossroads also hosts a First Friday event each month (beginning at 6 p.m. today) which gathers the community together in celebration of local artists, art organizations, and local businesses.”
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Downtown will be smokin’ hot this week

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From Chenowith to Zappa; from Foxworthy and the Cable Guy to the Conservatory Wind Ensemble; from First Friday to a Night at the Cotton Club; from Opera to Flamenco … the next seven days will feature an amazing week of arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City.

Here is your guide to the coolest, hottest events in Downtown this week – Monday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 4:

The Comedy Get Down – featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy – will rock the big town at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Conservatory Wind Ensembledirected by Steven D. Davis, will take flight at 7 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

CrossroadsKC may be winding down its concert season, but they have saved two of the most anticipated shows of the year for this week. Zappa Plays Zappa will electrify Downtown at 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Breaking Benjamin light up the East Crossroads at 7 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, visit CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Don Giovanni, Mozart’s haunting tale of lust of ultimate consequence is updated to the smoky days of film noir runs through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

First Friday – the region’s premier art gallery and studio walk – is back… beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Arts District.

Flamenco Fire – performed by Compañia Flamenca José Porcel for the Harriman-Jewell Series – will dazzle Downtown KC at 7 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy will present their “We’ve Been Thinking Tour” in two shows this weekend — 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arvest Theater at the Midland.

Kristin Chenowith – the Wicked superstar actress and recording audience – performs with the Kansas City Symphony in this special benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.

Midland Theatre will be the epicenter of the live music scene in Downtown this week with four concerts in five days, including:

Night at the Cotton Clubpresented by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, will fill Helzberg Hall with the sounds of New York’s legendary Cotton Club with music of the jazz greats from the ’20s and ’30s. The Cotton Club returns to life at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Trillion Dollar Economists. Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists are far more often effective innovators than hit-and-miss prognosticators in a discussion of his book Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas Have Transformed Business. A former vice president and director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, he currently is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Live Music lights up Downtown on most nights at:

Live Theater takes the stage at multiple venues throughout Downtown. Now showing:

  • The Miracle Workerthe story of Helen Keller and the teacher who held the key, opens Tuesday and runs thru Oct. 25 at The Coterie.
  • Tin Pan Alley – where songwriters such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael and scores of others crafted classic songs that became the heart of the Great American Songbook – opens Friday and runs thru Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

For more of what’s happening as Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Techweek is here! Agenda for Monday

Techweek Kanasas City opens today (Monday) - beginning a week-long technology conference and festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek Kanasas City opens today (Monday) – beginning a week-long technology conference and festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek Kansas City has arrived! Today marks the pre-conference opening of a week-long run of the first, annual Techweek conference + festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek KC will feature its signature technology conference and speakers (Wed-Fri) , the LaunchKC startup grants competition (Thu-Fri), basecamp at the Sprint Accelerator (Monday and every day), tech business tours (Tuesday), hiring fair (Wednesday), business expo (Thu-Fri), fashion show, receptions and parties (nightly), concerts (Fri and Sat.), and a hackathon (next weekend) spread out to feature Downtown destinations including Union Station, the Power & Light District and the Crossroads Arts District.

Here is what’s on tap for today on the Techweek KC schedule for Techweek attendees:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Basecamp: co-working space at Sprint Accelerator
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Entrepreneur Hall of Fame tour at the Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the UMKC Campus. RSVP here.
  • 7-10 p.m. Techweek Official Kickoff Party at Boulevard Brewery. RSVP here.

Techweek, the nation’s largest technology conference + festival, chose Kansas City in January to be its sixth U.S. hub for its unique and immersive blend of tech learning, collaborating and networking. The other Techweek cities to hold annual conferences + festivals include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit.

For registration information and the complete Techweek schedule, visit techweek.com/kansascity.

 

Artist and Fashion Designer Showcases New Work @ The Box Gallery, Friday 9/11

J17931 Box Gallery Whitney Manney Eblast - pre showAn exhibition in Downtown KC will feature a super-sized textile installation, pattern-charged design and a 9-look fashion show.  Artist Whitney Manney titled her exhibit and her label’s sixth collection, ArkhiMODiste.  A runway fashion show will be held at the opening reception on Friday, September 11th at 7pm. Manney will give an artist talk on September 25th at noon in the gallery.    All events are free and open to the public.

Manney’s innovative fashion designs are functional and wearable.  Her new work was inspired by the industrial spirit that has shaped our urban landscape.

Kansas City native Whitney Manney graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012.  Her collections have been showcased in ten local/regional shows including a solo exhibit at UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City Fashion Week, Saint Louis Fashion Week and Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.  As a 2013 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient, Manney participated in teaching partnerships with the HALO Foundation and various area schools. For more information on the artist visit whitneymanney.com.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm.  Free parking validation is available. This 830 square feet gallery is designed for exhibitions by local artists, collectors, universities and arts organizations.  Underwritten by Commerce Bank the gallery’s mission is to serve a Downtown audience of residents, workers and visitors, with creative cultural art and history exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage.

For more information contact: Robin Trafton, director, The Box Gallery,TheBoxGallery@towerproperties.com

Downtown Replay Sound & Dance Performance in Oppenstein Park, Thursday 9/10

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

This Thursday, September 10, at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, choreographer Lauren Thompson, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create a sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes from the existing Celestial Flyways and Star Disk artwork by Laura DeAngelis commissioned by Art in the Loop in 2009.

With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

Lauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Learn more about Downtown Replay and view images from a previous performance at the KCATA’s 10th & Main Transit Center here: http://www.downtownkc.org/portfolio-item/lauren-thompson/

 

 

Cat Mahari & Friends: Insta-bility, in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, September 3rd

If you are an active member of the Downtown community you’ve probably noticed the plastic bag installation growing across the entrance of Oppenstein Park, located at 12th and Walnut.

This Thursday, September 3rd in Oppenstein Park at 11:30 am, Art in the Loop presents a choreographed performance by Cat Mahari, Joshie G Falcon and Frank Monki Pham: Insta-bility. This dance performance will center on exploring personal identity, and the societal relationship held between ourselves and the environment. This piece will be informed and shaped by Minh DuPha’s large scale canopy installation of the same name. They will be performing multiple sets at 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 1pm.

Cat Mahari is a professional movement artist, a current artist resident at Charlotte Street Foundation, and a recording artist. She recently performed at the TEDxYouth@StateLineRoad:

 

Frank Pham is a professional dancer, aspiring danceFrankMonk therapist, and part of the dance group, “Boogie Munstars Family” founded here in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay, Tuesday, Sep. 1st

Art imitates life, life imitates art – this is the feedback loop that creates Downtown Replay, an exploration through movement and sound.

This Tuesday, September 1, at 11:30am in the KCATA Transit Plaza, choreographer Lauren ThompsonKacico, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create this sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes already present in another Art in the Loop project from 2005, Uplifted Arms. This original project took the ordinary and everyday out of context, challenging our view of the mundanity. Dancers will imitate, and integrate the movement and postures of the sculptures, as well as those in attendance, to give each pedestrian’s everyday movements a new platform and forum for expression. With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

fountain busLauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Broken String Latin Jazz Trio, in Oppenstein Park, THURSDAY, August 27th

Have a penchant for jazz? Flamenco? How about a three piece band specializing in both and MORE?

This Thursday, August 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park, Art in the Loop presents, BrokenStringLookingAtSkylineURLBroken String Latin Jazz Trio. Broken String creates guitar and percussion driven soundscapes filled with a delightfully fresh spirit and soul. Artfully integrating traditional North American Jazz, authentic Spanish Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, Brazilian music, and much more, the trio provides audiences with captivating performances that thrill the musical senses. Broken String will be playing two 50 minute sets, one starting at 11:30am and the other beginning at 12:40pm.

Michael McClintock – Guitar graduated from the nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance in 2006. While at the Conservatory, he studied under classical guitar master Douglas Niedt. Following graduation, Michael continued his studies with four-time Grammy Nominee Rod Fleeman, and, has established himself squarely in the center of the Kansas City music scene.

BrokenStringStreetCarURLJarrod Stephenson – Guitar began playing music at a very young age. In 2002, his thirst for something more inspired him to attend the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. In addition to performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in Jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, at which point he began exploring the art form of Flamenco.

John Currey – Percussion is the Director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Ensemble, was an original Union Station Cast Member of Sticks of Thunder, holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches for the Conservatory’s Community Music & Dance Academy. John is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworks, has played timpani for the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and, extra timpani and percussion with the Kansas City Symphony. Numerous performance credits include appearances with the Czech National Orchestra, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, nationally-touring productions of Broadway’s Evita and Ragtime, the Chico Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Caribbean Steel pan band. He has played percussion at the Sunflower Music Festival, and served two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass. A member of the Tri-Percussion group, the Flamenco dance and music ensemble De los Barrios, Broken String, and an arranger for the former Marimba Yajalón, John has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Downtown KC Urban Hero and Kirk Award Nominations Open!

It’s that time of year again! Time to honor the people making Downtown Kansas City the place we all enjoying living, working and playing! The Downtown Council has two annual awards programs:

1) Urban Heroes Award

This award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play. The award is given to those who have worked to improve the quality of life Downtown. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

2) J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award in Honor of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship

This award is presented annually to leaders whose vision, guidance and commitment have helped set Downtown on a clear path for revitalization. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

Please share your thoughts with us and let us know who deserves some public gratitude!

Nomination Process

1) Urban Heroes Award: Send Julie Shippy, jules@downtownkc.org, your nomination. Please include a brief statement describing the individual as well as their name and contact information.

2) Phil Kirk Award: Send Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, your nomination. Please include a brief statement describing the individual as well as their name and contact information.

Nominations Due September 11, 2015!