A Kansas City artist collective's innovative approach to rehabbing a blighted neighborhood into a self-sustaining cooperative. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 8, 2012.
About this project
*Please take a look at our Page Updates to learn much more about Emerald City!
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?
ThisNew 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 forboth 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.
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