Before I Die... is a public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their aspirations in a public space. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 7, 2012.
About this project
Before I Die... Kansas City
OUR GOAL IS TO REPLICATE THE NEW ORLEANS BEFORE I DIE COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT, IN KANSAS CITY
The story of two women and a building:
The Box Building 214 W. 20th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Leslie Lerner and Marion Merritt are friends who came together over a mutual love of art in all forms more than a decade ago. Leslie, an avid appreciator and collector, bought an old building on a whim in the heart of an emerging Kansas City arts district 3 years ago. The building, called the Box Building because of its previous incarnation, had great potential and we had lots of ideas. Unfortunately, we were buried under the weight of all those ideas.
Fast forward to this year when Marion, a passionate music lover and blogger, read about Candy Chang’s amazing “Before I Die” project. Serendipity! Eureka! Whoop de do! We will get our hands dirty with a good old fashioned art project and we can draw inspiration for the building’s potential from our neighbors. We will be the first to introduce “Before I Die” to Kansas City and Kansas City will help us answer the burning question for the Box Building: Before I Die I will become_____________________.
Before I Die...New Orleans via Candy Chang
Marion: Before I die: I EXPECT TO LIVE FOREVER
The inspiration for the “Before I Die” project is the transformative power of sharing the uniquely personal and the universally common experiences of being human. Collecting our hopes and fears in one public space can change us personally, inspire a dialogue, and if just for the duration of the project, unite a community. The “Before I Die” project therefore seems ideally matched for the Kickstarter community, a community that understands the importance of having an interactive platform to fuel creativity.
We are the oft-parodied middle of the map folks, a real cowtown of a place. But we actually have we have a vibrant arts scene. We want to be the first to bring the “Before I Die” project to Kansas City. And we hope to wave a little civic pride and bring Kansas City to you by participating in this very public forum. We can’t wait to find out what’s in the hearts and minds of friends and strangers alike.
But more than just a clever bucket list, we also want the launch of “Before I Die KC” (BIDKC) to be a springboard for these friends and strangers to come together, share ideas, instigate new projects, and help influence the direction for Leslie’s building as part of a thriving neighborhood. Help the building find its new purpose.
Another View of The Box Building
We will maintain a page devoted to the progress of BIDKC on Marion’s website www.a2-m3.com. Follow along, share comments and meet the two women and the building.
You'll have to stay tuned and check out the website to see what's on Leslie's mind!
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Pledge $1 or more
An angel gets its wings.Estimated delivery:
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The angel thing and Leslie and Marion will tip their proverbial cowboy hats to you.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
All of the above plus an endearing card from Leslie’s building, thanking you for caring about its future.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
Wings, hat tipping, card and a post (picture, too if you so desire) on Marion’s Wall O’ Thanks and a postcard of the project.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
The stuff, the Wall O’ Thanks, a BIDKC Postcard and a t-shirt (we will need your size).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Yada Yada Yada & your very own digital print at the completion of the project.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
Hold on to your own cowboy hats. The whole shebang plus the opportunity to have your Before I Die aspiration permanently painted on the project wall, which will be a part of a semi- permanent installation. (The building hopes you avoid profanity and bathroom humor. The building is not as liberal as WE are.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Your very own Before I Die artwork; we will have one of our artsy friends create a wall piece with the Before I Die aspiration of your choice. We guarantee that it will be a nice addition to your collection…we have very talented friends.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Okay, we know we’re not curing cancer, so we don’t expect that level of generosity (even our own families don’t like us that much!) But if we do, we will have long discussions about what is right and fair and just, consult our lawyers, and then call you to ask what we can do to deserve such largesse.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)