Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Kansas City Artsy Effort To 'Save' Urban Core

We've seen this tactic before BUT the bright side this time around is that the new work is crafted by a more eclectic cadre of LOCAL artists . . . Take a look:

Arts News: One House, One Neighborhood at a Time - KC STUDIO

Felix Maull, a painter and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, has been officially installed as the first artist-in-residence at The Art House (previously discussed by James Martin in January 2017). The idea of creating The Art House was championed by Pat Jordan, president of the Gem Cultural and Educational Center, and her partners at the center.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...


Nice to have grand plans but the city isn't even open all the way yet and I think people have more to worry about than art and art classes. It's a different world now and things will only get worse.

Anonymous said...

Get a real job.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ You first, CHUD.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- STABLE NEIGHBORHOOD

When Don Quixote set about reviving his KC block with a vision for a new Golden Age, detractors claimed he was tilting at windmills!!!

Anonymous said...

Pat Jordan is a leach on this neighborhood.

Giovanni Gasparro said...

Nice neighborhood. I guess when the artists get tired they can easily find some crack to perk them up.

Anonymous said...

^^Both kinds.

The Great White Hype said...

First of all, the neighborhood is not riddled with crime. Actually, its the opposite. Pat Jordan is an outsider who attends Morning Star Baptist Church. She’s just in it for the money and it’s taken her nearly a decade to finish, as this writer puts it, a “modest” home. This community is filled with residents who’ve lived in the neighborhood for more than 2-5 decades. The people who are occupying these properties are the draw to the neighborhood. Let’s not pretend that some White artist is going to change the circumstances in the surrounding community. And can you really trust anybody coming from the God-forsaken church on Wabash? Hell no!

As Jordan points out, “A study called ‘Magnetizing Neighborhoods through Amateur Arts’ reports that over a five-year span, low-income neighborhoods with more arts influenced positive change in housing values, lost fewer residents and showed a decrease in property crime rates.”

So, she must believe by putting White artists, this neighborhood is filled with creatives already, that that is somehow going to attract more people to the community. That’s a theory, at best.