*Please take a look at our Page Updates to learn much more about Emerald City!
Emerald City: A New Kind of Community
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
More on Emerald City
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.