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!
- (30 days)