Sight Unseeing
Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

Sight Unseeing

Guide :  The King Of Herrings

Times: 3 spots available during each time slot 5:30pm, 7:30pm,  8:30pm

Location: Secret. Discloser upon RSVP Confirmation. 

Age Range: 18+

RSVP :  3 spots available during each time slot 5:30pm , 7:30pm,  8:30pm  RSVP at westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description: KC's favorite reflection in a dirty puddle, the King Of Herrings, invites you to partake in a unique tour of the West Bottoms' peculiar auditory environment. Cast aside the burden of your sight and allow your other four (five?) senses to rise to the occasion. Participants will don blindfolds and commune with some of the West Bottoms' not-quite-human denizens . Though involving no physical risks, this experience is not for the faint of heart. Step off daytime's stage, if you dare, and into the darkened wings.

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Soundscapes of the West Bottoms
Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

Soundscapes of the West Bottoms

Guides : IMP Ensemble 

TIme : 5:30pm 

Location : Blip Roasters  

Age Range : All Ages 

RSVP : Open to the Public  

Description : Please join UMKC’s IMP ensemble for sonic interpretations of Kansas City’s iconic West Bottoms.  Original compositions will recontextualize the sounds of locations, embedding field recordings within a texture of orchestral strings, brass, keyboards, noise, and Hip-Hop beats.   

UMKC’ s IMP Ensemble explores improvisation in the broadest definition, where listening and responding become a way of real-time creation. IMP is a think-tank of people willing to risk and fail quickly, so any show can go on, using new individual media to explore the boundaries of medium and improvisation.

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The Disappearance of Turkey Creek
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Disappearance of Turkey Creek

Guide: The Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness 

Time : 7:00pm  

Location : Meet at General Information Booth Outside Blip Roasters 

Age Range : 13 + 

RSVP :  RSVP at  westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : 

       Any serious investigation of Kansas City that did not account for the West Bottoms would be woefully incomplete !  The same could be said of any investigation of the West Bottoms that does not account for Turkey Creek.  The histories of these two features are irrevocably intertwined, geologically, geographically, and culturally.  Ironically, in present times, these two bodies no longer interface, at least not in any obvious way.  The Turkey Creek Sewer is profoundly responsible for the West Bottoms we know today, making it possible for a mostly dry floodplain.  It is a phenomenal constant that water flows downhill, though you may find this is no longer an observable event as we explore the Central Industrial District of the West Bottoms.  Join the Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness as we examine this scientific and historical discrepancy.

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness

We seek to raise phenomenal awareness in the public by fostering engagement with Turkey Creek.  Some interesting frameworks for engagement have been photographic archiving, psychogeographic exploration, local histories, and landscape ecology.

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness was founded in 2014 by Timothy Amundson. Check out this Phenomenal work and history ! 

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/history

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Keep Out! The Pursuit to Catalog Architectural Afterlife
Apr
26
8:30 PM20:30

Keep Out! The Pursuit to Catalog Architectural Afterlife

Guide : Irving Jackelman

Time: 8:30pm

Location: General Information Booth Outside Blip Roasters 

Age: 18 & Up

Description:

Step into the dark side of historical preservation and discover the hidden history of a secret society of exploration. The identity of a city sometimes is lost and forgotten as iconic structures fall by the way side to make room for new expansion. Journey into the shadows as you learn about a unique subculture of historian enthusiastic adventurers and the community at large all over the world. This society aims to uncover the lost mysteries of the past and document the forgotten city, before it is gone. For those who are bold, for those who thirst, for those who don’t always play by the rules, we welcome you.

Historic Architecture Protection Society

The Historic Architecture Protection Society (or HAPS) specializes in locating, documenting, protecting, and supporting building restorations or re-purposing. Historical buildings exist all over Kansas City that are often forgotten or lost to our local community. Consequentially those structures uniquely significant stories are often destroyed by vandals or crumble due to lack of care, HAPS is here to document these important spaces before they are gone.

 

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Diversion Tunnel
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Diversion Tunnel

Time : 11:00 am -1:00 pm  and  2:00pm -4pm  

Location : Meet at the General Information Booth at Kaw Point Park 

Age Range : 7yrs + 

RSVP :  RSVP at  westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : 

  In 1913, the construction of the Turkey Creek Diversion Tunnel, made it so that the bulk of the watershed preemptively drained into the Kaw, avoiding the floodplain where it once found confluence.  The purpose of this diversion was to allow for the installation of the early 20th century's largest sewer , still in place just south of Kemper Arena.  The Turkey Creek Sewer and the OK Creek Diversion Tunnel are profoundly responsible for the West Bottoms we know today. Join the Turkey Creek Institute and Healthy Rivers Partnership for a unique boat tour on the Missouri River, as we explore the phenomena of flowing water.

 

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness

We seek to raise phenomenal awareness in the public by fostering engagement with Turkey Creek.  Some interesting frameworks for engagement have been photographic archiving, psychogeographic exploration, local histories, and landscape ecology.

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness was founded in 2014 by Timothy Amundson. Check out this Phenomenal work and history ! 

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/history

 

Healthy Rivers Partnership  

Healthy Rivers Partnership is a Non- for- profit, volunteer based organization connecting people to their rivers and rivers to their communities. We host river clean ups, educational events, festivals and restoration projects.

http://healthyriverspartnership.com/ 

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Plant Identification
Apr
27
1:30 PM13:30

Plant Identification

Guide : Amanda Gehin

Time : 1:30 pm and 2:30pm 

Location :  General Information Booth, Kaw Point Park

Age: All Ages

RSVP :  RSVP @ westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : Amanda Gehin, artist and native plant specialist, will lead a walk on the Kaw Point trail where she will identify existing plant species and discuss the botanical history of the place. Kaw Point is a significant ecological and historical site, being at the confluence  of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, and our walk will occur during a significant botanical time of year- ephemeral season. Amanda’s narrative will focus on ethnobotanical information.

http://amandagehin.com/home.html 

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City Wide Bike Ride in the Historic West Bottoms
Apr
27
5:30 PM17:30

City Wide Bike Ride in the Historic West Bottoms

Time : Meet at 5:30 pm , ride out 6:00 pm

Location :  Liberty Courtyard behind the Hobbs Building, West Bottoms

1427 W 9th St suite 405, Kansas City, MO 64101 

Age : All Ages 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC < COME RIDE WITH US  

Description: Join us for a city wide bike ride as we occupy public space with in the domain of city streets ! We will zig zag back and forth between Kansas and Missouri, while taking in a couple of popular KC landmarks.  Bring your bicycle, and helmet, and enjoy this ride through the Historic West Bottoms !  

KC Fun Ride

Group bicycle rides for riders, by riders.  KCFR exists to introduce folks in Kansas City to the fun that is group bicycle riding!  We aim to provide means for riders of all ability levels to learn, be safe and meet like-minded bike owners and most of all, have a lot of fun!  

http://www.kcfunride.com/ 

 

BikeWalkKC

Our mission is to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. We see a community that is barrier free, has complete biking and walking access, and has a connected culture of active transportation and active lifestyles.

http://bikewalkkc.org/ 

816 Bike Collective

The 816 Bicycle Collective is a volunteer run organization working to rescue and repair bicycles. We strive to increase our bike community in an effort to promote alternative transportation that is healthy, cheap, zero emission, and above all fun.

https://www.facebook.com/816bike/

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Special Guest Lecture :  Cowboys of Color
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Special Guest Lecture : Cowboys of Color

 

Presenters :  Jim and Gloria Austin , founders of The National Western Heritage Museum 

Time : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Location : Stockyard Exchange Building , 1600 Genessee St #846, Kansas City, MO 64102 

Age :   All ages  

RSVP :  Open to the Public

Description:  Did you know that the majority of cowboys driving cattle up and down the Midwest were people of color !  Join us for a unique presentation on the histories of cowboys of color, as we welcome our special guest lecture from The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. 

 

About The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Fame was founded to give recognition to the outstanding pioneers who played a role in settling the early American western frontier.  The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame also acknowledges individuals that have contributed to the western culture and tradition and play a part in keeping this important piece of American History alive.

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum was founded February 1, 2001 by Fort Worth, Texas, husband and wife team Jim and Gloria Austin to acknowledge the contributions of individuals of Hispanic, Native, European, Asian and African decent to the settlement of the Western American Frontier.

cowboysofcolor.org 

 

 

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Workshop +  Walking Tour :  Plants, Place, Planet
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop + Walking Tour : Plants, Place, Planet

Time : 2:00 pm - 4:00pm  

Location : Stockyard Exchange Building , 1600 Genessee St #846, Kansas City, MO 64102

Age Range : 12yrs + 

RSVP :  Limited Seats Available RSVP @ westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : 

The Land Institute is transforming agriculture through scientific research in perennial polycultures and through educational projects that spread a new way of thinking about the relationships between plants, places, and the planet. Participants in this workshop held in the Historic West Bottoms will engage with The Land Institute’s work through presentations, experiential activities, and a walk near the river. The workshop will be led by Aubrey Streit Krug, a postdoctoral fellow in Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute.

 

About The Land Institute

When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited. By consulting Nature as the source and measure of that membership, The Land Institute seeks to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned, while promoting a community life at once prosperous and enduring.

https://landinstitute.org/ 

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Strawberry Hill
Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

Strawberry Hill

Guide : Cydney Millstein

Time : 11:00 am 

Location : Outside the Strawberry Hill Museum , 720 N 4 St, Kansas City, KS 66101

Age : 14 + 

RSVP : Limited Seats RSVP at westbottomsreborn.com 

Description :  Cydney Millstein, an architectural historian and author of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 (Acanthus Press, NY: 2008) will lead a tour of historic Strawberry Hill focusing on architecture and bridges. 

Ms. Millstein’s firm, Architectural & Historical Research, LLC, was founded in 1983.

http://www.ahr-kc.com/ 

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A poetic reflection: Cry me a river ,  What the mind forgets the land reclaims 
Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

A poetic reflection: Cry me a river ,  What the mind forgets the land reclaims 

Guide : Jose Faus

Time : 1:00 pm

Location : General Information Booth at the Corner of 11th and Hickory , West Bottoms

Age: 12+  

RSVP: Reserve your spot on the bus at  westbottomsreborn.com 

Description :  Drive, walk, imagine and reclaim a past between memories, a meandering river, rambling streets - concrete and metal spans. Bring a lunch for a picnic and talk.

We will take a drive and walk through some areas where scenic views reveal how the city has grown away from the river, the bluffs, and the old civic center - turning back on the waterways. We will picnic in Strawberry Hill Park and talk about what it means to be a river town with no connection to the river, and how to inspire and create the atmosphere that weaves a river back into the civic tapestry.

http://www.caridostudio.com/bio.html 

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Architecture and Bridges of the Historic West Bottoms
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Architecture and Bridges of the Historic West Bottoms

Guide : Cydney Millstein

Time : 3:00 pm

Location : Mulberry Room , 1321 W 13th St #2, Kansas City, MO 64102

Age : 14 + 

RSVP : RSVP at westbottomsreborn.com 

Description : 

Cydney Millstein, an architectural historian and author of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 (Acanthus Press, NY: 2008) will lead a tour of the historic West Bottoms focusing on architecture and bridges. 

Ms. Millstein’s firm, Architectural & Historical Research, LLC, was founded in 1983.

http://www.ahr-kc.com/ 

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Exploring the Realm of Street Art in the West Bottoms
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Exploring the Realm of Street Art in the West Bottoms

Guide: Sean O'Dell

Time: 3:00pm  

Location: General Information Booth at the Corner of 11th and Hickory, West Bottoms

Age Range: 10+ 

RSVP : RSVP at westbottomsreborn.com

Description: Join us on a walking tour of the most photographed sections of the West Bottoms. Along the way, we'll decode the hidden language of street art and discuss the history of the local scene.

Sean O’ Dell  has been a fan of graffiti since his first trip to NYC in the early '90s and has been documenting local graffiti for the last four years. He has also self-published five photo books about Kansas City graffiti art.

 

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The Problems of Placemaking: A Moderated Panel Discussion with West Bottoms Reborn Artists
May
1
11:30 AM11:30

The Problems of Placemaking: A Moderated Panel Discussion with West Bottoms Reborn Artists

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Megan Crigger, City of Kansas City, Missouri Director of Creative Services, moderates a panel discussion with artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill to discuss their experiences as embedded artists on a design team and issues related to artist agency, conflict, problem-solving, blind spots, and authenticity. Q&A immediately follows the presentation. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite ($5 which includes lunch). Free parking is available.

About Miranda Clark:
Miranda Clark is a sculptor currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri.  She received her B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014 and went on to complete a two-year residency with the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Program. Miranda's work explores the physicality of personal memories through sculpture, drawing, and photography. 

About Carmen Moreno:
Carmen Moreno received her BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute in Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Writing with a Certification in Community Arts and Service Learning. She currently works as an independent artist in Kansas City and has exhibited works and ideas in numerous places all over the world. Carmen's pieces are mainly generated by her interest in science, art, philosophy, color theory,...basically everything. She maintains a studio practice of experimentation and open-mindedness. In applying the sensibilities of science to art, Carmen attempts to create a visual language that transforms her emotional-intuitive experiences into innovative installations and performances.

About James Woodfill:
James Woodfill is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has lived and worked in Kansas City since. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work is focused on direct experience through the composition of objects, occurrences and site. His artworks regularly blur boundaries in their execution, often merging with functional design. His installations bridge the fields of sculpture, painting and public art, and his work in the public realm has extended into education and curatorial projects, writings and numerous urban planning projects and studies.

About Megan Crigger:
Appointed in January 2015, Megan Crigger (Kansas City, MO) serves as the Director of Creative Services for the City of Kansas City, MO, Office of Culture and Creative Services, which facilitates conversations for policy, partnerships and programs to directly support arts, culture, and creative sectors, the creative economy and neighborhood vitality. Prior to this position, Ms. Crigger was the Cultural Arts Division Manager (2010-2014), Art in Public Places Director (2003-2010) and Art in Public Places Project Manager (2000-2003) for the City of Austin, Texas, Economic Development Department. Her professional board leadership has included the United States Urban Arts Federation (current), Consensus Board of Directors (current), Texans for the Arts Executive Board of Directors, and Executive Committee for the Any Given Child initiative from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Crigger holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, and a Master of Arts in Arts Education from the University of Texas at Austin. 

This presentation is part of Honoring History + Place, a public engagement series designed to engage the general public, arts and business communities, and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City. Honoring History + Place is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, with special event funding support by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program. Project partners include the Kansas City Design Center; Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture & Creative Services; Historic West Bottoms Association; Kansas City, Missouri Planning Department; KC Water; Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas; Artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill.

For more information, contact info@kcdesigncenter.org.

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West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting

Attention all West Bottoms community members, artists, stakeholders, visitors, and general WB enthusiasts...

The KCDC will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, February 15th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the KCDC (1018 Baltimore Ave, KCMO 64105). If you are able to attend, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and input on three sites in the West Bottoms currently undergoing public space design development.

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Poetic, Political, and Public Will in Creative Placemaking
Feb
2
11:30 AM11:30

Poetic, Political, and Public Will in Creative Placemaking

Kansas City Art Institute Professor and artist Karen McCoy converses with City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager and creative placemaking thought leader Roberto Bedoya about how imagination and policy influence each other. Q&A immediately follows the presentation.

Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite ($5 which includes lunch). Free parking is available.


About Roberto Bedoya:
Roberto Bedoya has consistently supported art-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. As executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), he established the innovative P.L.A.C.E (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative to support artist initiatives in Tucson, Arizona. Bedoya’s tenure as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1996 to 2001 included serving as co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA. His essays “U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential” and “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging” reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. Bedoya is also a poet, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, and an art consultant, with projects for Creative Capital Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Urban Institute. Roberto Bedoya currently works for the City of Oakland, where he was hired as the City’s first Cultural Affairs Manager in 2016.

About Karen McCoy:
Karen McCoy’s primary work has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture based on extensive research into the geological, cultural and social histories of each site. She also works in video and photography and makes drawings and prints. She was awarded the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for a distinguished residency. In 2003, she was selected as lead artist for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial ArtCorps project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited around the country. McCoy has taught at KCAI since 1994, serving as chair of the department from 1994 to 2003 and as acting chair in 2010-11. She earned an M.F.A. degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978.
 

This presentation is part of Honoring History + Place, a public engagement series designed to engage the general public, arts and business communities, and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City. Honoring History + Place is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, with special event funding support by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program. Project partners include the Kansas City Design Center; Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture & Creative Services; Historic West Bottoms Association; Kansas City, Missouri Planning Department; KC Water; Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas; Artists Miranda Clark, Carmen Moreno, and James Woodfill.

For more information, please visit www.kcdesigncenter.org or contact info@kcdesigncenter.org.

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KCDC Open House
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

KCDC Open House

The KCDC will be hosting an end-of-semester Open House on Thursday, December 14th from 5pm-8pm. KCDC students will be presenting work from the second phase of the West Bottoms Reborn project, and the KU Architecture 608 Sports and Entertainment Studio will also be presenting work from the semester.  

Light refreshments will be served and street parking is available. 

About the KCDC West Bottoms Reborn Project
The 2-year long vision study for a system of public spaces in the West Bottoms, titled West Bottoms Reborn, is nearing the end of its second phase. Students will be presenting their preliminary public space designs for 12th St. Alley, Liberty Courtyard, and Central Ave. Viaduct.  The public and stakeholder community are invited to provide their input and feedback on students’ design to ensure their ideas are integrated into the development of the final public space designs.

About KU Architecture 608 Sports and Entertainment Studio
This semester-long studio focuses on imagining a new cultural precinct in Kansas City, physically linking the arts and entertainment districts of Kansas City’s crossroads and inner loop. Anchored by a 5000-seat multipurpose competition and performance venue, projects seek to mend the urban environment divided by Interstate 670.  Projects explore the need for urban, multipurpose facilities – and are designed to accommodate, but not limited to: performing arts, e-gaming, competition tennis/futsal court.
 

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Listening Trumpets
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Listening Trumpets

Karen McCoy

Investigation : Sound 

Event :  WBR + KCDC 

Description : Listening Trumpets 

"There is a geographical quality to listening…Of all the senses, hearing most resembles a contraption some ingenious plumber has put together from spare parts. Its job is partly spatial…Sounds have to be located in space, identified by type, intensity, and other features."
–Dianne Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

Imagining an experience, sculpting or composing it, in such a way that viewers must walk to discover it is, in itself, an act overlaid with many intentions. The use of Listening Trumpets on walks places emphasis on the contemplation of a place and its sounds. The trumpets focus and subtly (or at times not so subtly) amplify sound. They are extremely directional and bring the sound at which they are aimed closer to the listener while excluding other sounds in the environment. The effect is subtle, more like the resonance of a musical instrument than electronic amplification. By using the large or small circular aperture at either end to sight and frame an image the Listening Trumpets may also be used to isolate visual phenomena. In this way the play of moving light and shadow may become a miniature "film" or the brilliance of green mosses, the patterns of lichens spread on a boulder, may become miniature abstract pictures. The emphasis is on increasing sensory perception through concentrating, focusing and isolating particular sounds and sights.

In the future, perhaps noise pollution from technological devices, personal and otherwise, and from our ever-expanding cities will be so increased that sound quality might form the basis for retreats from the urban. The concept of the park as a quiet zone is not unthinkable. Walking with a small listening trumpet in hand creates a situation in which viewer/participants may take a sort of journey to discover that which is available all the time, to anyone, but seldom noticed. As each Listening Trumpet makes its way into a variety of soundscapes; or is used as a visual sighting instrument, it becomes part of a larger sculptural experience. The creation of this dispersed "situational sculpture" is intended to create a multi-layered experience for participants. Concentrating on small visual fragments of great beauty in the environment can alter our perception of place. Walking with a focus on sound, listening and close scrutiny of the immediate environment invites a slower pace and an attendant increase in sensory perception. We engage in a kind of heightened perception that may filter into our daily lives. Since the "situational sculpture" consists of a dispersed experience, it calls upon the viewer to remember and mentally assemble all the parts in order to experience the whole. Listening as part of a geographical experience creates a process of assembling sound into an aural picture of the landscape; likewise with viewing visual fragments. They contribute to a new and broader vision of the landscape. 

Of central concern in this work is the cultivation of simple awareness. Alongside this is a recognition of the human need to break from the oftentimes-mechanical rhythm of contemporary life. An intentional cultivation of our perceptual facilities allows frequent conscious retreats from the usual patterns of our fast-paced lives, and nurtures our ability to facilitate this. It’s amazing to think that the use of a simple, humble device might lead to increased sensitivity to the natural world. To walk is restorative. It encourages quietness, intimate communality with surroundings and with others. Our ability to find moments of beauty in the everyday may increase the sense of joy in our lives, and perhaps catalyze a greater interest in the health of our life- supporting planet.

Listening Trumpets provide a way of "cupping our ears to the earth". 

http://www.karen-mccoy.com/walking/trumpet/trumpets01.html

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UMKC PROGRESSIVE SOUNDWALK
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

UMKC PROGRESSIVE SOUNDWALK

UMKC Conservatory of Music 

Investigation : Sound + Plants + Ecosystems 

Blip Roasters 

Event : WBR + KCDC+ OPEN TO PUBLIC 

Description :  Outwards [Inwards] Upwards / /: Sound and Space A sound migration from 1-670 to the 12th St. Alley. Sound, like plants and water, finds its way into the nooks and crannies of everywhere not specifically designed to repel it. The 2 hour video installation and performance flows, migrates, and relocates from underneath the 1-670 Bridge, in the West Bottoms, with its vertically closed, but horizontally open space, to its spatial inversion in the 12th Street Alleyway, with vertical openness and horizontal confinement. Along the way, a pocket of musicians, and a few 21st Century troubadours vacillates between these two spaces.  Like the cracks in the brick mortar, now supporting plant life, so our sound invades the pathways and alleyways of the city, where sound knows no bounds, and maximally respects open space.

 

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Blind Folded Walking Tour
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Blind Folded Walking Tour

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The King of Herrings 

Site : West Bottoms 

Investigation : Soundscapes 

Event: WBR+KCDC+ PUBLIC ; 6 spots available for this tour RSVP @ westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : Drone Of Absence / Dream Of Asphalt

West Bottoms Reborn and the King Of Herrings invite you on a tour of the West Bottoms like no other. Descend into the vaults of Kansas City’s cathedral of beef and brick, close your eyes, and experience a pleasantly spine-tingling late October evening with all other senses heightened to maximum acuity. Participants will be blindfolded and led on a route that foregrounds the West Bottoms’ unique auditory and psychic environments. Those attending this tour may find themselves communing with the familiar spectres of the season, the deeper spirits of the landscape, or even the greater vacant genius that haunts those places which are completely clean of ghosts.

Spaces are extremely limited for this one-night event. Participants should wear sturdy, comfortable footwear that can take a bit of dirt, and outdoor-appropriate clothing. Participants should be aware that this tour, while physically safe, may push some boundaries of mental comfort.

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Plants, Place, Planet: A Workshop at the Perennial Agriculture Project Field Station
Oct
16
9:30 AM09:30

Plants, Place, Planet: A Workshop at the Perennial Agriculture Project Field Station

Aubrey Streit Krug , The Land Institute

Investigation:  Habitat 

Site : Lawrence, Kansas 

Event : KCDC +WBR + Public ; 5 spots available for this workshop , please RSVP at Westbottomsreborn@gmail.com

Description:

The Land Institute is transforming agriculture through scientific research in perennial polycultures and through educational projects that spread a new way of thinking about the relationships between plants, human places, and the planet. Participants in this workshop held at the Perennial Agriculture Project Field Station near Lawrence, Kansas, will engage with The Land Institute’s work through presentations, experiential activities, and discussion. The workshop will be led by Aubrey Streit Krug, a postdoctoral fellow in Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute.

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Heathy Rivers Partnership
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Heathy Rivers Partnership

Heathy Rivers Partnership 

Site : Mo River  

Investigation : Flowing Water 

Event: KCDC+WBR+PUBLIC

Description :  Join Us for a River Clean- Up with Healthly Rivers Partnership

- Please wear work clothes and shoes , no sandals !  

- Bring Sunscreen, bug spray, and refillable water bottle  

- Gloves, bags, and tools provided 

- Picnic lunch at noon 

Volunteers are taken by boat to riverbank sitesalong 13 miles of the Missouri River ( mouth of Blue River east to Missouri City ). After picking up trash and piling  it on shore, volunteers are taken back to the park and served lunch.   After lunch, volunteers can leave or stay to haul trash from boat ramp to dumpsters. Shirt and gloves provided.   

 

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Historic and Potential Bottomland Habitat
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Historic and Potential Bottomland Habitat

Artist Amanda Gehin and Ecologist Steve Van Rhien 

Investigation: Habitat

Site: River Front + West Bottoms

Event : KCDC + WBR+ Public ; 10 spots available, please RSVP at WestBottomsReborn@gmail.com

MEETING SPOT IS HEALTH RIVERS PARTNERSHIP PARKING LOT

Description:

Amanda and Stephen will be leading an exploration of two sites that were historically a part of the same ecosystem - a continuous bottomland hardwood forest that followed our two big rivers, the Missouri and the Kaw.  Site One, The Riverfront Park , resembles what a bottomland hardwood forest may have looked like prior to European settlement. These floodplain forests offer valuable assets to the ecosystem and provide quality resources to the habitat. As we tour the West Bottoms we will discuss what habitat potential exists within this highly altered landscape. As we walk we will identify and discuss species of plants that we encounter along the way, as well as propose deep and changeling questions !  Do we attempt to return pockets of this landscape back to a historical reconstruction, or do we respond to what this new environment has to offer? 

 

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Turkey Creek Part II  : Diversion Tunnel
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Turkey Creek Part II : Diversion Tunnel

ATTENTION : THERE ARE TWO TOURS STARTING AT 12PM and AT 2PM , PLEASE BE SURE TO SPECIFY WHICH TOUR YOU WOULD LIKE WHEN YOU RSVP

Tim Amundson 

Investigation: Flowing Water 

Site: Mo River - Meet at Kaw Point 

Event: WBR+KCDC+PUBLIC ; Limited seating please RSVP at westbottomsreborn@gmail.com 

Description : 

Any serious investigation of Kansas City that did not account for the West Bottoms would be woefully incomplete !  The same could be said of any investigation of the West Bottoms that does not account for Turkey Creek.  The histories of these two features are irrevocably intertwined, geologically, geographically, and culturally.  Ironically, in present times, these two bodies no longer interface, at least not in any obvious way.  In 1913, the construction of the Turkey Creek Diversion Tunnel, made it so that the bulk of the watershed preemptively drained into the Kaw, avoiding the floodplain where it once found confluence.  The purpose of this diversion was to allow for the installation of the early 20th century's largest sewer ,still in place just south of Kemper Arena.  The Turkey Creek Sewer is profoundly responsible for the West Bottoms we know today, making it possible for a mostly dry floodplain just in time for the Industrial Era.  It is a phenomenal constant that water flows downhill, though you may find this is no longer an observable event as we explore the Central Industrial District of the West Bottoms.  Join the Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness as we examine this scientific discrepancy and the simulacra that it has enabled. 

ATTENTION !  You WILL need to wear water repellent footwear, galoshes, or rubber boots. 

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness

We seek to raise phenomenal awareness in the public by fostering engagement with Turkey Creek.  Some interesting frameworks for engagement have been photographic archiving, psychogeographic exploration, local histories, and landscape ecology. Turkey Creek is a modest watershed that exists entirely within an urban environment.  It can be found beside, beneath, or near Interstate 35 as it travels through Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in the Kansas City, Kansas metropolitan area.  The valley formed by Turkey Creek has served as a navigation route for hundreds of years.  Its current environment is dominated by light industry, commercial development, auto and railway infrastructure, suburban residential neighborhoods, and engineered flood control constructions.  Despite the heavy traffic of the area, many native residents have never engaged with Turkey Creek, some admit to having no awareness of it at all.  What would it mean to rethink this creek as a place for learning rather than ignoring, for immersion rather than evasion, for involvement rather than abandonment?

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness was founded in 2014 by Timothy Amundson. Check out this Phenomenal work and history ! 

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/history

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Turkey Creek
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

Turkey Creek

Tim Amundson 

Investigation :  Flowing Water 

Site : Laramie Lake 

Event : KCDC + WBR + PUBLIC ; 10 Spots Available RSVP @ WestBottomsReborn@gmail.com

Description : Turkey Creek

Any serious investigation of Kansas City that did not account for the West Bottoms would be woefully incomplete !  The same could be said of any investigation of the West Bottoms that does not account for Turkey Creek.  The histories of these two features are irrevocably intertwined, geologically, geographically, and culturally.  Ironically, in present times, these two bodies no longer interface, at least not in any obvious way.  In 1913, the construction of the Turkey Creek Diversion Tunnel, made it so that the bulk of the watershed preemptively drained into the Kaw, avoiding the floodplain where it once found confluence.  The purpose of this diversion was to allow for the installation of the early 20th century's largest sewer ,still in place just south of Kemper Arena.  The Turkey Creek Sewer is profoundly responsible for the West Bottoms we know today, making it possible for a mostly dry floodplain just in time for the Industrial Era.  It is a phenomenal constant that water flows downhill, though you may find this is no longer an observable event as we explore the Central Industrial District of the West Bottoms.  Join the Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness as we examine this scientific discrepancy and the simulacra that it has enabled. Please wear shoes for walking !

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness

We seek to raise phenomenal awareness in the public by fostering engagement with Turkey Creek.  Some interesting frameworks for engagement have been photographic archiving, psychogeographic exploration, local histories, and landscape ecology. Turkey Creek is a modest watershed that exists entirely within an urban environment.  It can be found beside, beneath, or near Interstate 35 as it travels through Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in the Kansas City, Kansas metropolitan area.  The valley formed by Turkey Creek has served as a navigation route for hundreds of years.  Its current environment is dominated by light industry, commercial development, auto and railway infrastructure, suburban residential neighborhoods, and engineered flood control constructions.  Despite the heavy traffic of the area, many native residents have never engaged with Turkey Creek, some admit to having no awareness of it at all.  What would it mean to rethink this creek as a place for learning rather than ignoring, for immersion rather than evasion, for involvement rather than abandonment?

The Turkey Creek Institute For Phenomenal Awareness was founded in 2014 by Timothy Amundson. Check out this Phenomenal work and history ! 

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/

http://turkeycreekinstitute.tumblr.com/history

 

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Honoring History + Place - Free Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Honoring History + Place - Free Presentation by Julie Schenkelberg

Join renowned artist Julie Schenkelberg as she discusses her installation process and unique method of building. Her site-specific installation, on view at PLUG Projects from Sept. 15 thru Oct. 28, responds to the West Bottoms' rich history. Registration is required to attend. To register, click here

Honoring History + Place is a series of public presentations to engage the general public, arts and business communities and civic agencies about creative placemaking in Kansas City.

This presentation is supported by Kansas City Design Center and is an initiative of the West Bottoms Reborn project that's supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.

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Julie Schenkelberg Installation Scavenger Hunt #2
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Julie Schenkelberg Installation Scavenger Hunt #2

We've partnered with Plug Projects to bring renowned visual artist Julie Schenkelberg to KC to create a site specific installation inspired by the West Bottoms. Spend a Saturday morning outside learning about the historic West Bottoms while taking part in a super fun scavenger hunt! We are on the hunt for objects and items for Julie's site specific installation.

We will meet at PLUG Projects at 10am sharp for a brief talk by Julie Schenkelberg. Then we will adventure off into the West Bottoms, lead by urban explorer Jaclyn Dalbey, to hunt for materials!

BRING YOUR:
-enthusiasm
-keen eye
-bucket, bags, wheelbarrows, wagons if you have them!

WEAR YOUR:
-work clothes
-protective gloves
-comfy shoes

Join us to tour the West Bottoms and find materials for Julie Schenkelberg to use in her art!

Some examples of Julie Schenkelberg’s previous work, involving found materials:

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West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting
Sep
7
5:30 PM17:30

West Bottoms Reborn Public Meeting

Calling all West Bottoms stakeholders and community members!

The KCDC will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Foundation Event Space in the West Bottoms, 1221 Union Avenue. If you are able to attend, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and input on the five sites the KCDC Design Team has selected for public space design and eventual implementation. Your feedback is critical as the project moves forward into the design phase, and we are grateful for your continued support.

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