Downtown Shareholders Receives Kansas State Historical Society Grant, Seeks Proposals

Exciting news! Downtown Shareholders is the recipient of a grant from the Kansas State Historical Society that enables an update of an intensive architectural survey of historic properties originally performed in 1993. The grant provides for reevaluation of those properties, plus an additional survey of new construction and a note about which of the original properties have seen been torn down. Once the survey is complete, that information will be released to the general public to help identify and market development opportunities in the area. Additionally, special notice will be given to appropriate governmental agencies for planning and code enforcement responsibilities.

To fulfill the survey work, Downtown Shareholders is seeking proposals from consultants with proven experience in historic preservation to conduct the survey, which includes approximately 225 properties in the downtown area. Please refer to the full RFP document for requirements and additional information. Responses are due October 21, 2015, and questions can be directed to:

Chuck Schlittler, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas, Inc.
726 Armstrong Ave.
Kansas City, Kan. 66101
(913) 371.0705

MoDOT Traffic Advisory for U.S. 69 on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

On Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1, there will be temporary closures on the U.S. 69 Missouri River Bridge while steel girders are set. The work is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. We’ll update you with more information as it’s available.

ArtPlace America Grant Workshop in KCMO on October 2

artplace americaIf you’re interested in learning more about ArtPlace America and the organization’s National Grants Program, mark your calendar for October 2, when ArtPlace America arrives in Kansas City for one day only. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mid-America Regional Council Conference Center (600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Mo.)

The National Grants Program invests in community development projects that leverage arts and culture for place-based change. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to not only learn more about the program, but also what makes for a competitive grant application, thereby increasing your chances of success.

The next open call for projects will be made in early January 2016. Anyone is eligible to apply, and grants typically range from $50,000 to $500,000.

The free grant workshop is hosted by ArtsKC, the Federal Reserve Bank, LISC, MARC and the Office of Culture and Creative Services of Kansas City, Missouri. Workshop seating is limited, so please RSVP by September 29 to reserve your spot. Email Lisa Elsas at lelsas[at]marc[dot]org.

Image via MARC

You’re Invited: DTS Quarterly Meeting on September 29

children's campus kckAnyone else feel like this year is flying by?! Nevertheless, it’s time for our quarterly meeting! Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4:30 to 6:30p at the Children’s Campus of Kansas City (444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.). We’ll give you a brief update on DTS as you enjoy delicious food from Bonito Michoacan. Plus, you’ll get a chance to tour the Children’s Campus building. See you there!

Sept. 12: A Day of Free Family Fun with Library in the Park

library in the parkKansas City, Kansas Public Library is hosting our first outdoor festival, Library in the Park.  It’s a day of free, family fun featuring live music, food, and activities. Let’s celebrate the community and the library!

Library in the Park will take place at Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, KS on September 12, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Library in the Park is completely free and will include activities for all ages. The downtown festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with DashKCK, a 5K run/walk hosted by the Downtown Shareholders and Donnelly College.

Starting at 10:00 am, there will be performances from local bands and dancers including Rosie’s Dance Academy, AY Musik, Trio Aztlan, and The Grisly Hand.  Activities will include storytime, face painting, crafts, demonstrations of library digital collections, book recommendations, and more.  Attendees will also get to visit the Mobile Library to sign up for a card and check out items.

Library in the Park will also include a taco competition with local KCK taquerias Bonito Michoacan, Carniceria la Siete, Ninfa’s, and Con Sabor a Mexico.  Attendees will get a chance to sample tacos from all four locations and vote on which taco is the best.  Those who vote in the contest will be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

For more information on Library in the Park and to RSVP, visit Those interested in participating in DashKCK can learn more and register at