Main Street News January 2017

The Art Corridor's Newest Addition: Kansas City Young Audiences

View driving southbound on Main Street 
Coming Soon to Main Street - Kansas City Young Audiences! We want to welcome KCYA to our community as they wrap up the final phase of their redevelopment at 3732 Main. Having them here helps us strengthen and identify Main Street as an Arts Corridor, and continue to make Main Street a place for everybody.

KCYA was founded back in 1961 with the desire to provide children the opportunity to see and hear classical musical performances. They are a member of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, which is a national organization out of New York. Over time, their mission has changed, and now it is "to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education." They believe that integrating art into a child's learning helps create skills that prepare them for the future and teach them the value of innovation and creativity.

They are very excited to be on Main Street because of the location and visibility. Before, they were located in Saint Theresa's Academy, which was a wonderful experience, but lacked the kind of exposure Main Street can provide. Many kids thought they took dance at St. Theresa's, not recognizing that KCYA is its own organization. Being in their new location on Main Street gives them more opportunity to brand themselves and serve more kids. Marty Arvizu, Director of Marketing and Business Development said, "The more people that know about us, the more kids that can come and participate in a program." As part of their capital campaign, they are also incorporating a larger scholarship fund for students with financial need to have access to the arts.

What's so special about KCYA is a combination of the people involved with the organization. From their dedicated staff, to the amazing and talented teaching artists who work with the kids and make a difference in their lives, to the kids and families who recognize that participating the arts opens new doors and opportunities for learning and growth.

Family lounge area with Tile Wall and butterfly puppets

They have three different program styles: Community School of the Arts, School and Community Programs, and Kansas City Arts Partners. These styles represent their two forms of teaching, arts integration curriculum and community classes. The arts integration, which is done through both School and Community programs and Kansas City Art Partners, is their core offering and pairs art teachers or local artists with schools. These can be large all school events in auditoriums, or small individual classes that repeat throughout the year. The idea is to use arts to help teach a curriculum. For example STEM classes, which focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, have partnered with KCYA to create STEAM classes that include the arts. The arts are used as a way to make some of these challenging subjects more comprehensible to students, through art and emphasize that art is just as important as these other subjects when it comes to innovation and thinking creatively. The Community School of the Arts are the classes they teach from their building.

Garage Band Studio - Click photo to sign up for classes

Classes are taught in seasons, with fall and spring lasting 13 weeks and summer having both a 9 week option and week long camps. The classes are held after school and on the weekends. Children from 2-18 years old can take dance, music, singing, theatre, visual art, and creative writing classes. Classes for the spring season will begin on January 30th, and a list of classes available can be found here.

We are so excited to have them as new members of our community. They will have a Grand Opening celebration and open house on Saturday, January 21st from 10am-2pm. Teaching artists will be performing and leading workshops for guests. Current and potential students are more than welcome to participate. The Main Stage will have information and announcements, and then guests can break into workshops in the classrooms. Workshops will range all the way from hip-hop to improv. It is an open house, so multiple workshops will happen through the event and you are more than welcome to stop by at anytime. The following Monday, January 23rd, there is an open house for educators to learn more about the arts integration programs and how to become involved. Any and all educators are welcome from 4:30 - 5:30pm. It will be followed by an open house for the public until 6:30pm.

We hope you and your children will all be able to attend one of these events and meet our new neighbors personally. If you don't have children, but still want to learn more, please attend our January Luncheon, where they will be guests!

Remembering Candice Minear

Our dear friends and neighbors, The Whole Person (TWP), lost a wonderful, bright soul from their team. Candice Minear, Development and Community Relations Specialist for the Resource Development Department, passed away unexpectedly in her home on January 1st. In the words of TWP, Candice was, "passionate to use her life experiences to champion independent living for individuals with disabilities seeking a more inclusive and accessible Kansas City community."

Candice, we will miss you and your bright personality at our coffees and luncheons. Thank you for helping us make Main Street accessible and a place for everyone. To read The Whole Person's full tribute please click on the photo above.

 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!


First Friday: Urban Mining Homewares!

Time for the first First Friday of 2017! Not only will they have their usual vintage event, but there will also be an annual clearance event! 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 January 5-8th, 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.

KKFI Benefit for The Boogie Bridge - The Music of Lead Belly
A benefit for KKFI 90.1 FM on Main Street is being hosted by KKFI and The Boogie Bridge at The Gospel Lounge in Knuckleheads Saloon, Saturday, January 13th at 8 PM. The event will feature the music of folk-blues singer, Lead Belly. For more information on the lineup and tickets, please visit their Facebook page.

Winter Storm - The Pipes & Drums Event
Community Christian Church at 4601 Main Street will be hosting the Winter Storm Pipes and Drums Concert January 14th at 7:15 PM. The concert will feature World Champion Pipers & Drummers, Ensembles, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, & More from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the US! To purchase tickets, please click here.

January Luncheon: Kansas City Young Audiences

Please join us Thursday, January 19th for our first networking luncheon of the year! Our guest will be Kansas City Young Audiences. This is a great time to meet our new neighbors and learn more about the work they do and will be doing in our community! The luncheon will be from 11:30AM to 1PM at MainCor.
National Winnie-the-Pooh Day Celebration

January 18th is National Winnie-the-Pooh Day, but many people don't know that Winnie-the-Pooh was a real-life bear that cheered a regiment during the Great War. Visit the National WWI Museum Saturday January 21st from 11AM - 12PM to celebrate the bear who was much more than a “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.” The museum will have educators for a family-friendly craft session and story time! For more information on this free event, please click here!
Rock the Twat: Rose Brooks Center Benefit

Mills Record Company is hosting Rock the Twat on January 20th from 6:30-9 PM. The concert is a feminine hygiene product drive for Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence shelter and refuge. Suggested donation is $10, or $5 if you bring an unopened package of feminine hygiene products. All donations will go to the Rose Brooks Center. For the lineup and more information, please visit their Facebook Event Page.

Hot Hands: A Live Drawing Fundraiser

Front/Space is hosting their second annual Hot Hands event at The Drugstore, Saturday, January 28th from 6-10PM. Hot Hands will feature a live drawings from 28 area artists who will create art on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper all night, and each finished piece will immediately be hung up for sale at $30. Admission is donation based, starting at $1. For more information please visit their page.
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


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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/yearunless 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 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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