Main Street News July 2016

Kansas City Art Institute Member Spotlight

                If you’ve been around the Kansas City Art Institute’s (KCAI) campus this summer, you’ve likely noticed the construction going on in the area.  So what is it all about?  

                KCAI was given $1.5 million from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America to construct the new David T. Beals III Studio for Arts & Technology.  In an effort to make KCAI’s campus even better than it already was, this brand new studio will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of technology. 

                The studio will give students the chance to work in a digital laboratory for 3-D printing, rapid prototyping, CNC-routing, and much more!  Located in the center of the campus, this new facility will include a digital studio along with an enclosed year-round sculpture studio.  The enclosed studio will provide an additional 3,969 square feet for expanded curricula designed for the 21st century student. 

                “Building a printing and prototyping studio that specializes in digital input and output means that KCAI is preparing tomorrow’s workforce,” said Nerman Family President, Tony Jones.  “We’re teaching advanced skills, while providing a valuable asset to our local creative community.” 

                Along with this wonderful new addition to the campus comes new courses not just for KCAI students, but also for education programs for summer camps and adult learners.  Technology is constantly evolving and growing, and the Beals Studio will be a great place to learn. 

                “Access to this type of innovative technology will allow students to experiment, take risks and expand the physical and conceptual boundaries of their projects,” said Jones.  “We are incredibly grateful to the David Beals Trust and Bank of America for understanding the importance of this project and making it a reality.”

                The studio will be an extremely beneficial asset to the Kansas City community, especially the arts community.  The Studio is scheduled to open on KCAI’s campus this summer. 

                Not only is a wonderful new studio being built, but the 1896 “Vanderslice Hall” is also being restored! 

                Thanks to a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation, Vanderslice Hall will continue to serve as the epicenter for festive social, enrollment and administrative activities of the college. 

                With the help of Kirk Gastinger at GastingerWalker, award-winning historical preservation and architectural firm, this historic building will continue to create inspiration at KCAI. 

                “One of the many goals in historic preservation is for the viewer to not notice what we did, but to admire the design and craftsmanship of a previous generation.  One can briefly imagine the thrill of being in the building, when new, and stepping out on the patio to admire the campus landscape,” said Gastinger. 

                The preservation of such a magnificent building will only help boost KCAI’s campus even more.  These are exciting times for one of the best art colleges in the country! 

                “We are extremely grateful to William T. Kemper, Jr. who joined the board in 1933 and served until his passing in 1989.  Throughout his lifetime, William Kemper demonstrated his passion for KCAI through his tremendous generosity and commitment to the well-being of the college,” said Tony Jones.  “Today, his legacy continues through the great care and restoration of one of Kansas City’s oldest and grandest mansions – Vanderslice Hall.”

                We can’t wait to see how the new construction projects benefit Midtown Kansas City! 


July Jubilee: Celebrating Independence at The Whole Person!

                Celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at The Whole Person on Main Street!  Saturday, July 23rd and Monday, July 25th, join in on the celebration of independence!
                An All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Fundraiser and Makers Fair/ Flea Market will be held on Saturday in The Whole Person’s parking lot.  Eat all the pancakes your stomach can hold from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  For only $7 a person ($5 for children 10 years old and younger), get as many pancakes as you want with margarine, syrup, link pork sausage, and Tang drink. 

Browse through the Flea Market and Makers Fair until 4 p.m.  The Fair/Market will feature handmade goods for sale by KC Artisans along with flea market finds.  Vendors and community partners will have tables with information to share. 

Makers are encouraged to register their booth and show the community what you’ve got to offer!  10’x10’ spaces are only $30.  Register your booth HERE by July 15th or call Terri Goddard at 816-627-2220. 
Monday, July 25th will be a great day to celebrate the ADA!  Join in on the fun with a live band, speakers, food, vendors and more!  This event is completely free to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will be a great party on Main Street!  Thank you to The Whole Person for hosting such a fun 2-day event!


Welcome to Main Street, Kansas City Young Audiences!

                With all of the cultural arts already on Main Street, it only made sense for Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) to start their new home here!  KCYA bought the old Office Max building at 3732 Main Street, and they are ready to have a place of their own to call home.

                “The purchase of 3732 Main Street is a very exciting end to our 16-month search for a new home.  We began a search for a new home last year after learning St. Teresa’s Academy would not be able to renew our lease, our home for the last 12 years.  We are tremendously excited about having our own space, and the location on Main Street will certainly increase awareness of our organization,” said Martin English, KCYA Executive Director. 

                In order to create a place of their own, KCYA has hired Helix + Design to help create a flexible interior that serves the important functions of the organization.  The new space will allow for dance studios, multi-purpose classrooms for art and theatre classes, a mixed-use performance and event space, and offices for the staff. 

KCYA will host a Project Kick-Off Spectacular on Saturday, July 23rd to celebrate their new home before renovations begin in August!  The program will begin at 10 a.m. featuring a 45-minute ceremony.  Enjoy student performances, color on the wall, meet KCYA’s new partner, and get your chance to see the space before it is transformed!  Anyone is welcome to attend!  RSVP tobflemington@kcya.org

We can’t wait to officially welcome KCYA to Main Street!


Chipotle Cultivate Festival

How many festivals do you know of where you can listen to live bands, try yummy foods, taste all kinds of beer and wine, and admission to the event is FREE?!  Well Chipotle Cultivate Festival has it all! 

On July 23rd from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. head over to Penn Valley Park to join in on the party!  Enjoy live music by groups such as: Broods, Atlas Genius, The Mowgli’s, Jr Jr, The Knocks, DJ Christopher Golub and Hembree.  Also, try some tasty treats from famous chefs like Carla Hall from ABC’s “The Chew” and several others!

If tasting chef demos doesn’t fill you up enough, you have nothing to worry about.  Also enjoy food from Chipotle, ShopHouse Kitchen and Pizzeria Locale. 

Stay up to date on what’s happening with the festival by downloading the festival app!  Available in the App Store.  Also, check out the festival schedule

Penn Valley Park will be filled with activities and fun for everyone!  Be sure to stop by and check it out, we are sure you will want to stick around! 


July Luncheon!

We want to hear what YOU have to say this month!

                Each month, MainCor hosts a networking luncheon for anyone in the community to come and learn about what’s going on in and around the Midtown area.  A guest speaker joins us every month to share important things happening in Midtown. 

                This month, we are changing things up a bit!  Now it’s YOUR turn to talk!  On July 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will be hosting a “Midtown Listening Session” so we can gain a better understanding of how we can make life in Midtown better for YOU.  Lunch is $10. 

                We can’t wait to hear from our community!  With so many exciting events going on, you don’t want to miss our monthly luncheon!


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 unless otherwise 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 daysbefore 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! 

Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Fest

                Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a food truck event each month from May through September.  Each month, the Feast of Fountains will be held in one of Kansas City’s beautiful parks. 

                Kansas City has a wonderful selection of food trucks.  On Thursday, July 14th, Feast of Fountains will be held at Anita B. Gorman Park from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Food truck selections include:

- Bochi
- Coffee Cake KC
- Plantain District
- Fungal Fusion
- Boo-Yah
- Ohana's Shaved Ice 

                A portion of the proceeds from Feast of Fountains will go toward the City of Fountains Foundation.  Guests will receive a free Mist TWIST with each food purchase as well! 

                Mark your calendar for July 14thth at Anita B. Gorman Park at the Northland Fountain!  Also don't miss August 11th at Spirit of Freedom Fountain, and September 8th at The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park!  Come and enjoy some of Kansas City’s best food trucks!

First Friday at Buttonwood Art Space

Now through August 26th, check out The Art of Human Movement at Buttonwood Art Space!  

The walls in Buttonwood on Main Street are filled with pieces of artwork related to human movement.  Whether that means: dancing, cycling, running, walking, or anything else you can think of, odds are it will be portrayed through art at Buttonwood's exhibit! 

Each exhibit at Buttonwood benefits local artists as well as a non-profit organization.  The Art of Human Movement Exhibit is a fundraiser for BikeWalkKC's B-Cycle program with 60% of proceeds benefiting local artists and 40% benefiting B-Cycle.  

Stop in and check out the artwork Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm.  Also, join in on their First Friday reception on August 5th from 5pm-9pm!  Enjoy complimentary hor's d'oeuvres and libations while browsing this unique exhibit!  Union Distillery will also be serving specialty cocktails.

You can get your art fix right here on Main Street at Buttonwood Art Space! 

Big Picnic at the Nelson!
Kansas City’s Big Picnic is back at one of our favorite museums, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art!  Though this isn’t your average picnic…

Lay down your blanket in the grass to become a part of a giant checkerboard!  Soak up some sun, relax in the grass and enjoy being outside! StoneLion Puppet Theater will create a “larger-than-life” picnic experience with human ants, giant food and other fun whimsies!

Not only will there be live musical performances, there are also activities galor!  Sit down and create your own tune thanks to Pianos on Parade, get your exercise in with activities such as: FootGolf, SNAG Golf and badminton, watch local artists paint the activities happening all around you, and so much more!

Celebrate the ancient traditions of Rome with a Banquet on a Blanket this Sunday.  Dress up like a princess or a gladiator of the Roman Empire to show off your artsy side!  Don’t forget to check out the museum’s featured exhibit, Luxury: Treasure of the Roman Empire! 

It will be a great day of fun and food trucks!  We will see you there!

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 Burnette dburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  



If you have utilized the southbound Penn Valley Drive/Broadway route over the past couple of months, you have noticed the preparatory work beneath the bridge. The bridge over 30th Street will be closed for replacement until approximately July 31st. This work will close Penn Valley Drive/Broadway, northbound and southbound, between 27th Street and 31st Street.


Southbound traffic will be routed off of Penn Valley Drive to Penn Drive at 27th (around the lake) and south to 31st Street (merges with Pennsylvania) and then east to Broadway.

Northbound traffic will be routed east to Main Street at 31st Street, north on Main Street to Pershing and then west to Broadway at Pershing.


Home Repair Program

                Apply now through September 31st to request Home Repair Program funding by visitinghttp://kcmo.gov/neighborhoods/grants-and-assistance/ and clicking the “Home Repair” tab. 

                Home Repair Programs include: the Targeted Home Repair Program, the City Home Repair Program and the Paint Program.  Each program assists homeowners in repairs such as roof replacement, plumbing, electrical, barrier removal, and other health and safety improvements. 

                Requirements for the Home Repair Program include: applicants are owner-occupants, own only one single-family property, have not received assistance from this program within the past five years, and meet the household income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

                These programs are funded by the Community Development Block Grant, established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The Housing section estimates that with this grant, at least 275 homeowners will be assisted in the 2016-17 program year. 


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