What Makes A Great City? A Downtown Arts Campus

What Makes a Great City? A Downtown Arts Campus
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
 6:30pm @ Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 W 10th Street

Imagine a Downtown Campus for the Arts with more than 600 music, dance and visual art students studying, exhibiting, performing, living and playing in Downtown Kansas City.

Imagine a campus that embraces many of Kansas City’s most respected cultural institutions, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Kansas City Art Institute, and others.

Imagine the possibilities… and their beneficial impact on Downtown.

Join Peter Witte, Dean of UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Jacqueline Chanda, President of Kansas City Art Institute, and Jerry Allen, The Cultural Planning Group and consultant to the Mayor’s task Force for the Arts, as they envision a future for the arts in Downtown Kansas City.  Mike Burke, chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts, will moderate this discussion of the formal and informal connections between technology, the arts and creativity. The conversation will range from the practical to the visionary.

“In an era of the arts, how might UMKC’s students engage with a renewed city center?” asks Peter Witte, in a recent column in The Kansas City Star. “By some estimates, Kansas City has invested more than $6 billion in development since 2000. Of that, more than $1.57 billion was dedicated to arts, cultural and entertainment facilities. How do we activate these investments and ensure their vibrancy for generations to come?”

This panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium.

Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Public Library, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City and the UMKC Conservatory of Dance and Music will co-sponsor this event.

RSVP  to the Kansas City Public Library at http://www.kclibrary.org/event/vision-downtown-arts-campus or call 816-701-3407.

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UMKC releases studies of Downtown Arts Campus

A Downtown Campus for the Arts for the University of Missouri-Kansas City would improve educational opportunities for students in all fields, boost economic development for the region, enhance Kansas City’s ongoing arts renaissance and inject millions of dollars into the local economy over the next 25 years.

That is the conclusion of a series of studies commissioned by the university after a downtown arts campus was named one of the Big 5 goals for Greater Kansas City. These reports include a study of potential sites and costs, prepared by Helix Architecture + Design, Integra Realty Resources and HGA Architects and Engineers; an internal UMKC review of the potential impact of moving arts programs downtown on the university and its component parts; and an economic impact study conducted by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). The three studies, and a unified executive summary of all three, are available at http://info.umkc.edu/artscampus/impact-studies/

“When this idea was first broached, we had several fundamental questions we needed answered before we would move forward: Would it be better for the education of all of our students? Would it be good for the community? What would it cost?” said Leo E. Morton, UMKC Chancellor. “After reviewing these studies, we have our answers. We believe that this is the right thing to do, if the resources can be raised to make it happen.”

The sites and costs study recommends three potential sites and a phased move of the visual and performing arts schools over a 20+-year period. Under the “phasing” formula, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, which has the greatest need for increased space and improved facilities, would move first. Following in succeeding phases over 20 or more years would be the UMKC Theatre and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in the second phase; and in a third phase, KCUR Radio and the UMKC Departments of Art & Art History, Communication Studies, and Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.

“It’s an idea worth exploring because the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will bring international and national attention to Kansas City in the arena of the performing arts,” said Warren Erdman, 2011 chairman, University of Missouri Board of Curators, and executive committee member of the Downtown Council of Kansas City.

“This is excellent news, and sets the stage for the next steps in our Big 5 goal to relocate the university’s arts programs to a new and exciting downtown location. These three studies were crucial to the first phase of this initiative, and I compliment Chancellor Morton on the thorough and expeditious process the university has followed,” said Jim Heeter, president and CEO, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. “This ‘Big Idea’ can become a reality, and I anticipate strong community support for the move.”

Costs of the move were pegged by the studies at a range of $152 million for the most basic “core” programs of each department, to $272 million for a “full” range of programming options, such as a new 500-seat theatre for the Kansas City Rep.

The MARC economic impact study forecast a range of $375 million to $442 million in increased Gross Domestic Output over 25 years, versus what would take place without creation of the new campus.

One of the key impacts on the university would be creating opportunity for growth of non-arts programs on the Volker campus. The university’s strategic plan calls for increasing enrollment by one-third by 2020, from 15,000 to 20,000 students, primarily through growth in the School of Computing and Engineering, School of Biological Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Bloch School of Management.

Moving arts students to the hub of cultural activity in and around the Crossroads District would expand opportunities and creative synergies, while placing more than 700 students and faculty in the daily environment of the district.

All Star Week to reach its crescendo today

The five-day blue wave of All Star excitement will reach its climax today in Downtown and around Kansas City.

While Downtown hotels will remain full of All Star fanatics for another few days, today is the final day of scheduled Major League Baseball activities. Considering that Kansas City is not likely to host another All Star Game for years to come, do yourself a favor and take the time to enjoy the festivities today and tonight.

For starters, be sure to check out the MLB All Star Fan Fest at Bartle Hall. It’s a buy one/get one free ticket day at Fan Fest, which will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Downtown is also the place to be for a special They Were All Stars exhibit at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and an open house at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

As for tonight, if you are not going to the K to see the game in person, Downtown is playing host to four free community watch parties at 18th & Vine, Crown Center, Guadalupe Center and the Power & Light District.

Here’s the full rundown of All Star fun for Tuesday, July 10:

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Free FanatiKCs Trolleys  from 13th & Wyandotte to 8 Downtown destinations (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars exhibit @ Central Library (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • Economics of Basaeball luncheon @ Union Station (Noon-2 p.m.) Sold out.
  • KC All Star Latin Band, featuring Pablo Sanhueza @ the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room (7-11 p.m.)
  • Open house @ Kauffman Center (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Free Watch Parties @ 18th & Vine, Crown Center, Power & Light District, Guadalupe Center in the Westside
  • World War I All Stars exhibit @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • MLB All Star Parade @ the Plaza (1 p.m.)
  • 83rd MLB All Star Game @ the K (7 p.m.)
For more information, visit www.visitkc.com/allstar and www.facebook.com/DowntownKansasCity
Remember, try to get out today and enjoy the moment!

Downtown KC revels in the All Star home stretch

All Star Game fever is in full bloom around Downtown Kansas City. Visitors and baseball enthusiasts have been pouring into Downtown hotels, restaurants and attractions over the weekend in preparation for the stretch run of All Star activities today and Tuesday.

Today’s highlights include day 4 of the Major League Baseball All Star Fan
Fest  at Bartle Hall; an open house at the amazing Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; a free Home Run Derby watch party this evening at the Power & Light District; and a private, late night fundraiser at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum hosted by Philadelphia Phillies All Star Ryan Howard.

The Kauffman Center will open its doors today for a free open house to welcome visitors who want to learn more about the nation’s grandest performing arts center. Today, Kauffman Center guides will offer free one-hour presentations about the performing arts center, including its history, construction and unique design. These presentations will be held in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday. Free reservations may be made at www.kauffmancenter.org.

Here is the highlight reel of the hottest All Star events for today, Monday, July 9:

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (9 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Free FanatiKCs Trolley linked the Fan Fest to 8 Downtown districts and attractions (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars exhibit @ Central Library (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • Baseball Spectacular by Bazillion, Quixotic & Substream @ Municipal (9:30 p.m.)
  • GO: The Future of Mobile Payments @ Kauffman Center (2-4 p.m.)
  • Home Run Derby Watch Party @ Power & Light (7 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Big Band, featuring Bobby Watson @ Blue Room, American Jazz Museum (5-11 p.m.)
  • Little Big Town: Hot Country Nights concert @ Power & Light (9 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars exhibit @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • And, oh yes, baseball:
  • MLB Home Run Derby @ the K (7 p.m.)

For more All Star action, visit www. Facebook.com/DowntownKansasCity or www.visitkc.com/allstar

Negro Leagues heroes to highlight day 3 of All Star fun

Day 3 of All Star mania in Downtown Kansas City promises to deliver an unforgettable day today.

Sunday events begin early with the 7:30 a.m. Major League Baseball All Star Game Charity 5K and Fun Run at the Power & Light District. An estimated 8,000 participants are lining up right now for the start of the run.

It’s a beautiful morning for the run — particularly as we emerge from the sweltering 105-degree heat that baked Kansas City on Saturday. We are due to get a huge break on the weather today, as a cool front is expected to keep high temperatures in the low 90s.

This should be a perfect day to get out and enjoy the many All Star events planned around Downtown today.

Highlights include a special Negro Leagues Baseball reunion from noon to 2 p.m. at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; day 3 of the MLB Fan Fest at Bartle Hall from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and special culinary  events presented by two of Downtown’s churches.

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral at 13th and Broadway, right across the street from Fan Fest at Bartle Hall, will host a free, family friendly community picnic frm 11:30 to 2 p.m. today. They will be serving signature hot dogs for the American League, National League, and Kansas City Royals. The event is free, but they will be accepting donations for hunger relief in Greater Kansas City and for the Cathedral’s Culinary Cornerstones job training.

Resurrection Downtown, 1522 McGee, will play host to a community All Star hot dog cookout at 6 p.m. today. The church, which will also feature a sermon “inspired by the diamond” at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.

Be sure to make Downtown your destination for All Star fun today. Here’s a rundown of the rest of today’s highlights:

Sunday, July 8

  • Free FanatiKCs Trolley from Bartle Hall to 7 Downtown attractions and neighborhoods (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars exhibit @ Central Library (1-5 p.m.)
  • Art of the Machine Series @ City Market (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Baseball Spectacular by Bazillion, Quixotic & Substream @ Municipal Auditorium (9:30 p.m.)
  • Big KC’s Salute to Baseball by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce @ Kauffman Center (5:30 p.m.)
  • Death Cab for Cutie concert @ Grinders (7 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam w/ Flannigan’s Right Hook @ Barney Allis (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Hot Dog! All Star Extravaganza @ Resurrection Downtown (5 p.m.)
  • Poetic Notes @ Blue Room (8-11 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars Reunion (noon-2 p.m.) and exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars exhibit @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • And, oh yes, baseball:
  • All Star Futures Game + Legends & Celebrity Softball Game @ Kauffman Stadium (4 p.m.)
Enjoy the “cool” day in Downtown! For more All Star fun, visit www.Facebook.com/DowntownKansas City or www.visitkc.com/allstar.

Downtown rolls out the All Star welcome mat

All Star Week got off to a flying start on Friday as Downtown Kansas City welcomed fans and visitors by the thousands to Fan Fest and a host of special events.

Families poured into Bartle Hall for day one of the five-day Major League Baseball Fan Fest. Today’s Fan Fest will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Today’s ticket special features a buy 2 get 2 free offer. Tickets are available for sale on site, as well as at www.allstargame.com.

The Saturday lineup of MLB and KC special events includes:

  • Free FanatiKCs Trolley  in Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars exhibit @ Central Library (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Baseball Spectacular by Bazillion, Quixotic & Substream @ Municipal Auditorium (9:30 p.m.)
  • Buck, BBQ & Baseball @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (6-10 p.m.)
  • David Nail: Hot Country Nights Concert @ Power & Light (7 p.m.)
  • Faire Ball: Negro Leagues in America exhibit @ Union Station (opens today)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam w/ David Basse @ Barney Allis Plaza (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Groovalicious Fruit @ City Market (9 a.m.-noon)
  • Jay Mohr: Comedy @ the Midland (7 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Jazz Band, featuring Danny Embrey @ Blue Room (7 p.m.-1 a.m.)
  • KC Baseball History Trolley Tours @ Union Station (9 and 11 a.m.)
  • KC Command @ Sprint Center (7 p.m.)
  • Run the Bull-E-Vard Pub Crawl @ Crossroads (2-11 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars exhibit @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

To discover more Kansas City All Star fun, visit www.visitkc.com/allstar or Facebook.com/DowntownKansasCity

 

All Star Mania opens today in Downtown KC

Downtown Kansas City is buzzing today, as Major League Baseball’s All Star Game festivities begin a five-day run at Bartle Hall. Doors opened at 9 a.m. today with more than 100 people waiting to get in.

Today’s Fan Fest activities, which run until 8 p.m., feature the opening ceremonies, the first of three mascot Home Run Derbies and clinics with Royals legends Dennis Leonard and Willie Aikens. Today is also the first of five themed days at FanFest: Military Appreciation Day.  For more information on the Fan Fest, check out www.visitkc.com/allstar

While the Fan Fest is expected to draw more than 120,000 people over the five it is just one of many local All Star events happening today and tonight. Downtown is not only home base for All Star fan activities, but also to the hottest arts, music and dining scene in the region.

Here is what’s on tap in greater Downtown for today:

  • FanatiKCs Trolley — free trolley rides from Bartle Hall to 8 Downtown  locations(8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars exhibit @ Central Library (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Crossroads Block Party with live local bands @ 19th & Baltimore (4-11 p.m.)
  • Discover dining and live music at 17th & Summit venues @ Westside
  • First Friday art experience @ the Crossroads Arts District (6-10 p.m.)
  • Free Friday Night Flick: Moneyball @ Crown Center (9 p.m.)
  • Free Grand Slam Fan Jam with The Zeros and Quixotic @ Barney Allis Plaza (6-10 p.m.)
  • KC All Stars Blue Band, featuring Everette DeVan @ Blue Room (5 p.m.-1 a.m.)
  • Locally Thrown free concert @ Grinders (7 p.m.)
  • New Century Follies @ Folly Theater (9 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Young the Giant: Friday Night Live Concert @ Power & Light (8 p.m.)

We look forward to seeing you in Downtown KC tonight. And, be sure to like us at Facebook.com/DowntownKansasCity.

Downtown is Home Base for All Star Fan Activities

Downtown KC will serve as Home Base for most fan activities related to the Major League Baseball All Star Game from July 6-10.

In addition, to major events planned daily at the Power & Light District, Crown Center and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Downtown will be home to:

  • MLB Fan Fest at Bartle Hall (July 6-10)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam free outdoor festival at Barney Allis Plaza (July 6-8)
  • MLB 5K Family & Fun Run at the Power & Light District (July 8)
  • Watch parties in four Downtown locations for the big game (July 10)
Be sure to Like us at Facebook.com/DowntownKansasCity to keep tabs on all of the activities that will unfold in greater Downtown during All Star Week. Here is the current run All Star fever… right here in Downtown:

Wednesday, July 4

  •  KC RiverFest @ Berkley Park (1-11 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Thursday, July 5

  • Fitz and the Tantrums concert @ Grinders (7 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Funk Band, featuring Esquire @ Blue Room
  • Kyle Parks: Hot Country Nights Concert @ Power & Light (7 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

 Friday, July 6

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (6-10 p.m.)
  • FanatiKCs Trolley @ Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Central Library (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Crossroads Block Party @ 19th & Baltimore (5-11 p.m.)
  • First Friday @ the Crossroads Arts District (6-10 p.m.)
  • Friday Night Flick: Moneyball @ Crown Center (9 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam with The Zeros and Quixotic @ Barney Allis Plaza (6-10 p.m.)
  • Hello Art with Tom Corbin and Aerial Artists @ Commerce Arcade (5-9 p.m.)
  • KC All Stars Blue Band, featuring Everette DeVan @ Blue Room
  • Locally Thrown free concert @ Grinders (7 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Young the Giant: Friday Night Live Concert @ Power & Light (9 p.m.)

Saturday, July 7

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • FanatiKCs Trolley @ Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Central Library (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Buck, BBQ & Baseball @ NLBM (6-10 p.m.)
  • David Nail: Hot Country Nights Concert @ Power & Light (7 p.m.)
  • Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America @ Union Station (thru July 27)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam w/ David Basse @ Barney Allis Plaza (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Groovalicious Fruit @ City Market (9 a.m.-noon)
  • Jay Mohr: Comedy @ the Midland (7 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Jazz Band, featuring Danny Embrey @ Blue Room
  • KC Baseball History Trolley Tours @ Union Station (9 and 11 a.m.)
  • KC Command @ Sprint Center (7 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

 Sunday, July 8

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run @ Power & Light (7:30 a.m.)
  • FanatiKCs Trolley @ Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Central Library (1-5 p.m.)
  • Art of the Machine Series @ City Market (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Big KC’s Salute to Baseball (Chamber event) @ Kauffman Center (5:30 p.m.)
  • Death Cab for Cutie @ Grinders (7 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Fan Jam w/ Flannigan’s Right Hook @ Barney Allis (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Gospel Brunch @ Blue Room (1-4 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars reunion @ NLBM (noon-2 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • All Star Futures Game + Legends & Celebrity Softball Game @ the K (4 p.m.)

Monday, July 9

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (9 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • FanatiKCs Trolley @ Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Central Library (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • GO: The Future of Mobile Payments @ Kauffman Center (2-4 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Big Band, featuring Bobby Watson @ Blue Room
  • Little Big Town: Hot Country Nights Concert @ Power & Light (9 p.m.)
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Watch Party @ Power & Light (7 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • MLB Home Run Derby @ the K (7 p.m.)

 Tuesday, July 10

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (9 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • FanatiKCs Trolley @ Downtown (8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Central Library (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • KC All Star Latin Band, featuring Pablo Sanhueza @ Blue Room
  • They Were All Stars exhibit @ NLBM (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Watch Parties
    • @ 18th & Vine (5 p.m.) Crown Center (6 p.m.), Power & Light (7 p.m.)        and Westside (6 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • MLB All Star Parade @ the Plaza (2 p.m.)
  • 83rd MLB All Star Game @ the K (7 p.m.)

 Daily attractions: July 6-10

  • Airline History Museum @ Downtown Airport
  • American Jazz Museum @ 18th & Vine
  • Black Archives of Mid-America @ 18th & Vine
  • Amateurs to All Stars @ Kansas City Public Library (thru October)
  • College Basketball Experience @ Sprint Center
  • Fair Ball: Negro Leagues in America @ Union Station (thru July 27)
  • Hallmark Visitors Center @ Crown Center
  • Icons in Transformation exhibit @ Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Irish Museum and Cultural Center @ Union Station
  • Kaleidoscope @ Crown Center
  • Legoland Discovery Center @ Crown Center
  • Money Museum @ Federal Reserve Bank
  • National Archives @ Union Station
  • National WWI Museum @ Liberty Memorial
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum @ 18th & Vine
  • Steamboat Arabia @ City Market
  • Titanic Exhibition @ Union Station

Maker Faire to celebrate invention & creativity

Union Station is gearing up for Maker Faire, Kansas City’s biggest show-and-tell festival celebrating innovation, invention and creativity, this Saturday and Sunday in Downtown.

Highlighting the things people make themselves, Maker Faire: Kansas City could very well be displaying the beginnings of the next great innovation in science, technology and engineering.

Maker Faire: Kansas City will feature more than 270 inventors and makers showing off their creations and innovations in technology, electronics, pyrotechnics, engineering, art and craft making. You’ll see robotics, 3D printing and digital media projects, crafters, food artisans, wood carvers, printmakers and a variety of conversion cars on display.

And don’t miss all the weekend’s great presentations by makers and guest speakers, talking about everything from business/education partnerships to student inventions. Attractions include Arc Attack, Extreme Sand Castle Building, Power Wheels Racing, Roving Robots, Percy Peacock Art Car, Lego Building, Aerial Performance Art, Test Kitchen Activity, 3D Printing, Learn to Solder, Crafters Village, live music and much more!

Maker Faire: Kansas City is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Union Station. To buy tickets and get the full schedule for the weekend, go to www.makerfairekc.com.  See you at the Faire!

Downtown to serve as Home Base for All Star Week fun

Downtown Kansas City will serve as Home Base for fan activities during the Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game week, July 6-10 with special events throughout greater Downtown.

More than 125,000 visitors are expected to enter Bartle Hall for the All Star Fan Fest over the five-day run. And, that’s just for starters. Special attractions have already been announced for Barney Allis Plaza, the Power & Light District, Crown Center, the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) at 18th & Vine, and the Crossroads Arts District.

To keep up with the latest All Star Week news, like us at Facebook.com/Downtown Kansas City and follow the official Kansas City website for all things All Star at www.VisitKC.com/allstar.

The current list of All Star Week highlights includes:

Daily, July 6-10

  • MLB All-Star Fan Fest @ Bartle Hall (9a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Special Exhibition on All Stars @ NLBM (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • World War I All Stars @ WWI Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Friday, July 6

  • Crossroads Block Party @ 19th & Baltimore (4-10 p.m.)
  • First Friday @ the Crossroads Arts District (6-10 p.m.)
  • Friday Night Flick: Moneyball @ Crown Center (9 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Jam in FANsas City @ Barney Allis Plaza (8 p.m.)

Saturday, July 7

  • Buck, BBQ & Baseball @ NLBM (7 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Jam in FANsas City @ Barney Allis Plaza (2-9 p.m.)
  • Groovalicious Fruit @ City Market (9 a.m.-noon)
  • KC Command @ Sprint Center (7 p.m.)

Sunday, July 8

  • MLB All Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run @ Power & Light (7:30 a.m.)
  • Art of the Machine Series @ City Market (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Grand Slam Jam in FANsas City @ Barney Allis Plaza (2-9 p.m.)
  • KC Chamber of Commerce @ Kauffman Center (7 p.m.)
  • All Star Futures Game + Legends & Celebrity Softball Game @ the K (4 p.m.)

Monday, July 9

  • MLB Home Run Derby @ the K (7 p.m.)

 Tuesday, July 10

  • MBL All Star Red Carpet Parade @ Country Club Plaza (1 p.m.)
  • Community Watch Parties @ locations tbd (7 p.m.)
  • 83rd MLB All Star Game @ the K (7 p.m.)

Maker Faire: Kansas City 2012 Call for Makers is officially open, and you are invited to participate!

Makers, Inventors, DIYers… Here is your chance to shine!

Now is the time to reserve your booth at this year’s expanded Maker Faire: Kansas City, set for June 23-24 at Union Station.

The Maker Faire is seeking all types of Makers to apply to participate in annual creativity extravanganza. Art, Music, Creative Foods, Urban Gardening, Science, Math, Technology, Young Makers, Robotics, Hacker Space, Crafters, Woodworkers, Power Wheels, and more … Maker Faire: Kansas City is your chance to demonstrate your ideas, inventions, and creations.

All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, Your application will be reviewed by a panel looking for diverse ideas and a good representation of makers in all categories.

Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other makers you know to check out the 2012 event and apply to participate, or plan to attend this year’s event to experience the fun and excitement of Maker Faire: Kansas City. If you know someone who wants to exhbit at Maker Faire for the first time send them to www.makerfairekc.com/makers!

Connect with us on Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube using the tag makerfairekc. Or, like them on Facebook, too!

Questions? Visit us on the web at www.makerfairekc.com for FAQs and general information, or contact us directly at info@makerfairekc.com.

Happy Making! See you at the Faire!

Saveur and Today Show Agree: KC’s Food Scene is On the Rise

Saveur and Today Show Agree: KC’s Food Scene is On the Rise
Kansas City as a top culinary destination for 2012

Kansas City made a national splash on NBC’s Today show on Thursday for the second time in three months. Saveur, one of the nation’s top culinary magazines, announced its Top Food Trends for 2012 — proclaiming Kansas City as America’s next great culinary destination for 2012.

The announcement was made by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. “We’ve long thought of Kansas City as a good barbecue town,” Oseland said, “but its high-end dining is really on the rise.”

This high-profile ranking is a result of a 2011 media visit hosted by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association. The organization’s PR department hosted Saveur Executive Editor Todd Coleman in March and also contributed messaging for Thursday’s broadcast story.

The story specifically mentions Debbie Gold and the American Restaurant, one of more than 250 restaurants, cafes and bars in greater Downtown Kansas City.

To view the Today show story and read its blog, click here.

Praise for Kansas City continued on the Today show blog, also released on Thursday. In it, Oseland said Kansas City is “going to have its moment in 2012.”

“This Midwestern city has a deep-rooted food culture that’s been around for well over a century, one that’s now poised to reinvigorate itself and position the city as a new culinary destination. We all know about Kansas City’s reputation as a great barbecue town, but recently there’s been a fantastic wave of smart, new high-end cooking that’s been lighting a fire in the heart of America,” the story says. “Laying the foundation are chefs like Debbie Gold, Celina Tio, and Colby Garrelts, whose restaurants … are galvanizing the area’s independent and organic farmers and producers, and inspiring Kansas City’s next generation of chefs to reach for new heights.”

What a better way to celebrate this good news with a great, New Year’s out at the Downtown restaurant of your choice??