A Community-Charged Creative Clambake at Middle of the Map Forum

Monsieur Raux. If terms like “Creative Placemaking,” “Emerging Education” and “Sustainable Wellness” sound a bit obscure, then you probably weren’t at last week’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum. Or maybe you were there. You’re just still mentally unpacking what it all meant. Sandwiched between a boisterous live Music fest and a cultish Film program, MOTM’s big-dreaming-stepchild Forum assembled two days of panel discussions and … Continue reading A Community-Charged Creative Clambake at Middle of the Map Forum

Notes from an Unlikely Campaigner

I often feel like I don’t have a dog in the political fight. As someone whose job is to tell the stories of others (often clients), I try to maintain journalistic impartiality in all my online messages. And that sometimes creeps into my attitudes, too, for better or worse. But early this morning well before dawn, I joined my awesome and politically charged girlfriend Natalie … Continue reading Notes from an Unlikely Campaigner

Why Build a Downtown Arts Campus in Kansas City?

Take the downtown Kansas City you know now and add some 600 performing and visual arts students to it — all living, studying, playing, and creating in the heart of our burgeoning creative center. And they never grow up and move away! That’s the vision laid out by the Conservatory and its dean, Peter Witte, in their plan for a Downtown Campus for the Arts … Continue reading Why Build a Downtown Arts Campus in Kansas City?

TEDxKC 2012: Straining for Transcendence

  This year, TEDxKC reached critical mass. Almost. After three years of spilling over in the Nelson-Atkins’ auditorium, our little discount TED took the big stage. On Tuesday, August 28, nearly 1,600 people piled into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for a three-hour production that alternated between lavish and clunky, inspiring and awkward. Presentation-software blues beset the proceedings, leading to an ongoing sparring … Continue reading TEDxKC 2012: Straining for Transcendence

Where to Get the Latest News on Google Fiber in Kansas City

I’ve recently begun contributing to Google Connects KC, a site that collects and comments on the latest news regarding Google Fiber’s ever-impending arrival in Kansas City. The blog is a project of several technologically inclined groups: the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, the Social Media Club of KC, and the Mayors’ Bistate Innovation Team (which recently stepped out of the picture), along with help from folks … Continue reading Where to Get the Latest News on Google Fiber in Kansas City

How to Make KC a Better Place to Live? #1changeKC

What’s one thing you would change about your community? I’m currently running for the Advocacy Chair of the Social Media Club of Kansas City, and as I was brainstorming ideas for what I would do if elected, I came up with an idea. To get YOUR ideas. So whether you’re an SMCKC member or not, I wanna ask you something: What’s one thing you would … Continue reading How to Make KC a Better Place to Live? #1changeKC

A Writer’s Room: Whitney Terrell

I’ve always been fascinated with writers’ rooms. The most important space a writer deals with is the distance from the mind to the blank page. But what surrounds that conduit, providing a physical platform for the connection, is the room the writer fixes around it. It cannot help but reflect the writer’s personality. On the austere end, you’ve got E.B. White at his rustic desk … Continue reading A Writer’s Room: Whitney Terrell

Video: Interview with Artist Anne Pearce

Interview with awesome and talented KC artist Anne Pearce, talking about her exhibition of 10 paintings at the Library. This was the most hi-fi vid I’ve worked on so far, mainly because we ran separate sound — first time ever for that, and I wish I could do it every time. Our curator, Adam, asked the interview questions, and A/V guy Michael helped with the … Continue reading Video: Interview with Artist Anne Pearce

Not Your Grandad’s Local Museums

At first, major companies like Starbucks and Pepsi plowed headlong into big social media marketing initiatives and received all the glory. Mom and pops followed on a smaller scale, leveraging Twitter and Facebook to get in touch with their local community. Now, it’s time for non-profit cultural institutions like museums to get their buzz on. You’d think old-school places like museums are not as fun, … Continue reading Not Your Grandad’s Local Museums

Bloomsday Keeps the Joyce Alive in Kansas City

An appreciation for Irish modernist literature is not one of the things Kansas City is generally known for. But for the past 14 years, a small community of lit lovers has been celebrating James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, every June. A worldwide literary day of note, Bloomsday refers to June 16,1904, the date on which all the action of Ulysses takes place. The main plot thread … Continue reading Bloomsday Keeps the Joyce Alive in Kansas City