Mainstreet News February 2017

The MainStay Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended The Main Event last week, we are so glad you were able to make it! Thank you also to Cafe Trio for your wonderful event space, food, and staff. Each year, MainCor recognizes organizations and individuals along Main Street who go above and beyond to help build up our community and bring positive change to Midtown. We are happy to share with you all the winners of our MainStay Awards!

Rigoberto Jurado accepts the Catalyst Award on behalf of Capitol Federal Savings

Capitol Federal Midtown Branch is the Recipient of our Catalyst Award. This award is given to organizations that are Big Changers in our community. Capitol Federal was that big changer by redeveloping the corner of 43rd and Main into a beautiful bank building for Main Street. Their bank goes above and beyond by filling their space with artwork from their KCAI art students just down the road. We believe that through these actions they have proved to be a catalyst of positive change. 

Buttonwood Financial Group & Art Space accepting the Sustainer Award

Buttonwood Financial Group & Art Space were awarded the Sustainer Award. This award is given to organizations and individuals who are committed to creating and sustaining the vitality of Main Street and Mitdown. We believe that Buttonwood's dedication to Main Street and generosity through their public art space make them true sustainers of our community. Their art space features different exhibitions throughout the year where 50% of the profits go to the artist and 50% go to local non profits. Their organization is always the first to volunteer to help and we appreciate all the hard work they have given to sustaining Midtown. 

Christina and Bob Decker accept Midwest Cyclery's Horizon Award

Our Horizon award was given to Midwest Cyclery. Recipients of this award are up and coming to the area, but are positive role models for other organizations and show commitment to the community. By bringing Midwest Cyclery back to Main Street and purchasing their building, they have shown a positive commitment to Midtown. Their excitement towards community efforts and all things Midtown shows an example to those around them and their dedication to our community. 

Past MainCor President Veronica Sellers presents Dan Musser with the IJ Mnookin Award

Last but not least, the I.J. Mnookin Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dan Musser. Recipients of this award have dedicated their careers to bettering the Midtown community. Through his devoted involvement to MainCor, The Kansas City Art Institute, and the construction of the Federal Reserve Bank, despite not owning a business or living on Main Street, Dan has shown his dedication to the revitalization and culture of Midtown. He sees and appreciates the character of Midtown and has worked diligently to ensure its success. For that, we thank you. 

City in Motion presents A Modern Night at the Folly

This Saturday, February 4th at 8 PM, City in Motion Dance Theatre is presenting their 14th annual Modern Night at the Folly Theatre! The historic Folly Theatre is located at 300 W 12th Street downtown. This is Kansas City’s only adjudicated choreographers’ showcase and will feature ten of the region’s most talented choreographers as well as celebrate modern and contemporary dance in KC. Tickets for “A Modern Night at the Folly” can be reserved by calling the Folly box office at 816.474.4444 or online at Follytheater.org. Tickets are $20 in advance, $15 for students and seniors and $30 at the door. 
Historic KC: Old House Expo

Historic Kansas City is hosting their annual Old House Expo Saturday February 4th from 9am-5pm at the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall. The Keynote speakers are Tamara Day and Ward Schraeder.  Kansas City Native Tamara Day, owner of Growing Days and the star of Bargain Mansions on the DIY Network, is a purveyor of glamorous and cozy.  Tamara and her crew restore neglected large homes that others are too scared to take on – bringing big beauties back to life so that new owners can move in and love them again. Education sessions include: Old House Challenges and Opportunities, What the Average Homeowner Can Do to Make Their Home More Comfortable, Historic Chimney and Fireplace Restoration, Window Restoration, and In-Home Plaster Repair and Demonstration. Tickets are available by clicking here or can be purchased at the door. 

First Friday: Urban Mining Homewares!

Its Urban Mining Time! Every first Friday of the month, Urban Mining is open for their vintage home  goods sale! This a the perfect time to freshen up your home with a new-old look! Urban Mining Homewares is located at 3923 Main Street and they are open February 2-5th, 5pm-9pm Thursday, 9am-9pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday, and noon-5pm Sunday! They have fantastic vintage and mid century finds and you can preview some items through their Facebook page! There is also parking in the back of the building, which you can enter from Walnut.

 Buttonwood Art Space: Urban + Abstract

Love Midtown? Passionate about art? Looking for a giving opportunity? Look no further!

MainCor is happy to announce that we will be Buttonwood Art Space's non-profit beneficiary for their Spring 2017 art exhibit, Urban + Abstract! For those of you unfamiliar with Buttonwood, it is an art gallery located at 3013 Main Street. They have multiple themed exhibits throughout the year, where 50% of art sale profits go to the artists and the other 50% benefits an area non-profit. They also host First Friday receptions, which are not possible without sponsorship from organizations and people like you! Our First Friday reception will be March 3rd. Different sponsorship levels are available, with a range of benefits, including access to a private VIP reception, credit towards art purchases, advertising, and more. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and would like to learn more please email Marlee for more information! And mark your calendars for a fun-filled event!


H&R Block Artspace State of the World Opening Reception
H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute is hosting an opening reception for their new exhibit "State of the World". The reception will be Friday February 10th from 6-8pm. The exhibit will be open until March 18th. "State of the World presents work by 14 artists whose projects invoke and explore the symbolic power of the flag as a means to understand and question the power structures they represent and, at times, create imaginative new proposals for alliances and allegiances. For more information please see their event page

Calling all Girlbosses! 

Cherry Pit Collective is hosting their Girlboss Night February 10th from 4:30-7:30 PM. This is a fun, networking happy hour that brings together local small business owners and entrepreneurs in the KC area. Bring your business cards, any promotional materials, and your latest pitch! They will start the night with a round table, introductions, business descriptions and new projects. After that it will be time to mingle and discover ways in which different companies can work together and help promote each others success! Adult beverages and small snacks provided. There is a $10 suggested donation. Not sure if this event is for you?
It is targeted for young women working as entrepreneurs in the arts, however, it is open to people of all ages, gender identities and professions. For more information please visit their Facebook event page.

February Luncheon: The Global Orphan Project

Please join us Thursday, February 16th for our February Networking Luncheon! Our guest will be another new neighbor, Global Orphan Project! The Global Orphan Project just moved to Wyandotte Street and are an organization working abroad with the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children and their communities. This is a great time to meet our new neighbors and learn more about the work they do with orphans! The luncheon will be from 11:30AM to 1PM at MainCor. Please visit their website for more information. 

Midtown Real Estate Exchange

MainCor will begin hosting Midtown Real Estate Exchanges again! The are sponsored by Great American Bank and will be held quarterly, with our first one on February 15th from 9:30-11 am at MainCor. This is a chance for those involved in the real estate industry to network and share their building availability, prospect requirements and news about what’s happening in real estate in Midtown. The boundaries for Midtown are Stateline to Paseo and Pershing to 55th. This is a good way to get the word out about available commercial and residential properties and ensure that development in Midtown is benefiting our community. Anyone is welcome to attend, however it is marketed towards brokers, real estate agents, developers, lawyers, etc. If you have any questions please email Marlee!

The Whole Person Presents: Expressions

The Whole Person currently has a call for artists out for their Expressions Exhibit. This exhibit showcases artists with disabilities. It will be located at Kansas City Young Audiences, with the opening night on April 7th from 6-10. The call for artists ends March 1st. If you or anyone you know is interested in submitting artwork, please follow this link for more information. 
New Midtown Calendar of Events!

There are so many fun things happening in Midtown and we wanted to compile them in one easy calendar for you! If you have any events you think we should know about, please email Marlee. To view and bookmark the calendar follow this link.

Please Support MainCor by donating towards 2017!

2017 is finally here! As we begin our 2017 fundraising campaign, we want to thank each one of our 2016 contributors! 

Everything we do is only possible because of YOU. Without the support of our amazing donors, we would not exist.  

MainCor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible. 

Please visit our website - mainstreetkansascity.org to donate now! You can also donate via PayPal


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway at 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane Burnettedburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost) up to $500 per event/year unlessotherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least 60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Fill out an application today! 

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