A Kansas City artist collective's innovative approach to rehabbing a blighted neighborhood into a self-sustaining cooperative.
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Emerald City: A New Kind of Community
Imagine living in a new kind of community. One that valued self-expression, collaboration, and sustainable living. And one that used these very same values to create and implement solutions to societal problems such as poverty, segregation, lack of access to adequate education, and environmental degradation. This is Emerald City, located in Missouri, and focused on rehabilitating the neglected Manheim Neighborhood in Kansas City.
*Emerald City Event Calendar: http://emeraldcitykc.com/events/
Our film will document Emerald City's unique artistic "tactical urbanism" to show the world that cooperative living can indeed be successful and produce innovative solutions to urban problems. Specifically, we will be filming the rehabilitation of a local building into a New Education Center. We will feature the construction of the building, interviews with members of the Emerald Community, and the collective meetings where community members come together to brainstorm, discuss new ways of implementing solution-oriented action plans, and share their own dreams and hopes of what a neighborhood can be.
What is the New Education Center?
This New Education Center will be a forum for discussing ideas and provide community resources, such as do-it-yourself project skill classes, a tool library for area home owners and an educational center for researching housing alternatives. This sustainable skill building effort will support the movement to rehab the 65+ decaying buildings in the Emerald City Project Area.
Funding and Distribution
Hence, we are raising money for both the filming of the documentary and for the purchase of materials to construct a rooftop garden for the New Education Center. This rooftop garden will reinforce the sustainable living practice of growing one's own food and provide a "rooftop classroom" for others in the community to learn to grow their own food as well.
We will be aiming for a theatrical release on a small scale and then have a wide DVD release. A festival route may be part of our plan to help secure theatrical distribution. We have yet to start the documentary but many repairs to the New Education Center building have already been completed. We will also be donating copies of the film to community building organizations all over the world. If you would like to take a look at our very detailed budget, please check the "update page" very soon.
Below is in-depth information regarding the specifics of Emerald City and why it is so unique in the methods it employs to revitalize neighborhoods. PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AS IT DETAILS ALL THE CURRENT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AND EVENTS: http://emeraldcitykc.com/about/ If you are local to the Kansas City community, please come out to some Emerald City events!! Check the calendar on the website for listings of drum circles, free classes on agorism, etc. Meet us in person and chat!
We need your support! Why? To show the world that a new way of living is possible and successful solutions already exist that can be widely employed. The Future IS Bright!
More on Emerald City
***The Mission of Emerald City: We are KC Urban Pioneers who are creatively and artfully rehabilitating the Manheim Neighborhood in Kansas City. We are innovators of a vision to assist in blighted areas all over the world through neighborhood collaboration with those who are hoping to see a radical change in how we live - more local sustainable food & business, more community and more expressive arts.
We are conducting "Tactical Urbanism" by bringing in Artists, Urban Homesteaders, and lovers of historic KC neighborhoods. These folks will be purchasing inexpensive homes in need of repair and then collectively rehabilitate them. We are providing resources for the current residents to get their homes painted, complete minor repairs and complete weatherization. We are working toward a Resource Based Economy and building a strong intentional, eco-conscious community. We will be creating public art installations, developing more community gardens, and provide education on growing residents’ own food. We will be planting along the sidewalks and public spaces; literally creating a neighborhood overflowing with natural edible beauty and public art installations.
The Manheim Historic Park Neighborhood (39th-46th: Troost to Paseo) was selected as our project area because it has over 60 boarded up homes, over 50 vacant lots and high crime. We want to love all the abandoned homes back to life with families and individuals who wish to create something beautiful out of decaying homes and vacant lots.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $26,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 8, 2012.
Feb 16, 2012 - Mar 8, 2012 (21 days)
Pledge $10 or more
On-screen special thanks credit.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
9 backers Limited (91 of 100 left)
On-screen special thanks, a digital download of the film, plus a unique handwritten thank you note from a member of the Emerald City Community.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
On-screen special thanks plus a digital download of the filmEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $75 or more
All of the above plus a copy of the DVDEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
3 backers Limited (22 of 25 left)
All of the above plus prints of behind-the-scenes photographs taken during filming by a member of Emerald City.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $225 or more
All of the above plus credit on a plaque to be placed outside the New Education Center.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
A one hour photoshoot package, a group of people or solo, unlimited wardobe with the hour, location changes within the hour, basic photo touchup (red eye, cropping, adjustments etc) all images put on disc. A total of 30 to 75 photos taken by Damon Lee Patterson, a member of the Emerald City Community. View his work here: http://damonleepatterson.com/photography-portfolio/Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
A one hour photoshoot package, fora group of people or solo session, unlimited wardobe with the hour, location changes within the hour, basic photo touchup (red eye, cropping, adjustments etc) all images to be put on disc. 30 to 75 photos from Damon Lee Patterson, a member of the Emerald City Community. Check out his work here: http://damonleepatterson.com/photography-portfolio/Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $400 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
All of the above plus documentary screen time. Film yourself explaining why you think the Emerald City Project is important and we will include a clip of the video you send in. (You can simply use a webcam.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (25 of 25 left)
All of the above plus HDR photo collages (of photographs taken during filming) that contain hand-drawn characters (members of the Emerald City Community). Each collage is unique and one-of-a-kind.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
All of the above and two tickets to the premiere in select citiesEstimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
For Businesses: On-Screen Time with Special Thanks which includes your business logo, a blurb about your business, and/or a short film clip you submit. (plus all of the above)Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
All of the above and your own tour of Emerald City (Either in person in Kansas City or we will send you a video tour)Estimated delivery: Jan 2013