Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, with the ‘new’ Kansas City Monarchs jersey.

Return of Monarchs honors the past, helps the NLBM’s future

News that the former Kansas City T-Bones minor league baseball club will be called the Kansas City Monarchs when the team begins play at Field of Legends ballpark in Kansas City, KS was the centerpiece of a press event last week at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM).

While the new Kansas City Monarchs reboot is a salute to the Negro Leagues storied past, it also should yield significant revenues for the future of its signature museum in the 18th & Vine Historic District, according to CitySceneKC.com. The resurrection of the Monarchs name is anticipated to be a significant marketing and financial boost to the museum, which like many institutions has struggled to raise money during the past year because of the pandemic.

“The more of you who go out to see the Monarchs play, the more support will be generated for the Negro League Baseball Museum,” said Bob Kendrick, museum president.

Kendrick declined to provide details of the 21-year licensing agreement with the new owners of the minor league team, MaxFun Entertainment, but said the initial fee will be in the six-figure range and is expected to increase annually.

The NLBM also will receive a 5 percent share on sales of merchandise, and food and beverages sold at the Field of Legends. Click here to read more of the CitySceneKC story about the NLBM.

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Art in the Loop seeks your input for future programming

It’s a new year and time for a fresh start! 2020 was a challenging year for artists and arts organizations, Art in the Loop included.  While the organization was able to showcase the work of local artists along the KC Streetcar route through the 2020 Art in the Loop Project,  the music and performance aspects of the project had to be cut due to COVID-19 requirements and related funding decreases.

But now it’s 2021, and the Art in the Loop Foundation is taking stock of its strengths, weaknesses, programming, and partners.

“We’re taking a fresh look at how we fit into the cultural arts ecosystem of Kansas City and we would like to know your thoughts,” said Ann Holliday, program director. “Please take some time to complete the questionnaire at this link.  It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. The results will serve to help guide the next five years of Art in the Loop programming.”

Questions or comments? Please contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org

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