Downtown Spotlight from Jason - July 24, 20018

This summer has been one of the hottest in recent years, and has given all of us, myself included, reason to stay indoors and out of the heat (If you need resources to escape high temperatures, here is a guide). While the temptation to hide until fall is strong, there are good reasons to get out and about Downtown.

One good way happens this Friday – Kids Art in Douglass Park, to be held on July 27 (Friday) at 5th and Washington, next to Liberty Bank. Karen French has created and directed a Summer Youth Art Students camp, for which we have helped acquire a grant from the BPU Youth Program. The kids in the camp have been working for several weeks on visual art, music, and dramatic performance. The product of their labors will be revealed and performed on Friday as the culmination of the camp. I had a chance to see some of what is being done, and it promises to be very cool. Please come and support our local youth in their artistic endeavors.

Another reason to get out is the upcoming primary election on August 7. As a non-profit, we don’t take positions on partisan elections, but Downtown Shareholders does take the position that every eligible voter should vote at every opportunity. Local organizations like El Centro and HNMA have hosted forums for candidates, and done stellar work on registering people to vote. Local elections matter (a recent race where I live was decided by 4 votes), and your voice gets heard the loudest when you use it at the ballot box.

Until next time, take good care to manage the heat, but get Downtown and get involved!

Jason Norbury, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
726 Armstrong, Suite 201
Kansas City, KS 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705