Thursday, July 09, 2020
Kansas City #BlackLivesMatter Street Art Coming Soon Thanks To Bloomberg Grant
Most newsies missed the implications of this cash on the local street just in time for 2020 campaign season.
However, the free money comes with a warning . . .
Politicos often use street art cash to further their own cause or to help express public outrage.
And . . .
The consequences for petty vandalism on the wrong side of the political zeitgeist can be devastating . . .
CNN: Two people are charged with a hate crime for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural
Read betwixt the lines on this recent presser:
KCMO receives Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Grant
KCMO Public Works, in partnership with Midtown KC Now and Street Smarts Design + Build, has been awarded a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Asphalt Art Initiative is a new program from Bloomberg Philanthropies created to help cities use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage their communities. The program not only seeks to create vibrant public spaces but also looks to build city capacity for working with artists and community groups on projects involving transportation infrastructure.
This project will enhance one to three intersections along Westport Road between Broadway Boulevard and Main Street in Midtown Kansas City, Missouri, through asphalt paintings in the intersections, colorful crosswalks, activated bulb outs, micromobility parking and street trees. Feedback from the surrounding businesses, organizations and neighborhoods will help inform the asphalt art design and help with project installation.
“This Asphalt Art Project will build on our ongoing efforts to create more opportunities for Kansas Citians to get outdoors and will help the City revitalize public spaces for all to enjoy,” Mayor Quinton Lucas said. “I am proud that Kansas City is leveraging community partnerships for neighborhood projects, and I look forward to seeing local artists’ work . . ."
Developing . . .