Was that a song?
We left St Louis early so we could see more of Kansas City than we saw of the last three stops. Plus, my research on Kansas City made it imperative that I see their Crossroads Art District. And, I am so glad that I did!
It was an area that looks like it had been warehouses that became galleries and studios. One potter that I spoke to was getting ready for a BIG art show nearby and another artist that I spoke to has been making a good living in her studio/gallery in the Crossroads district. Even though the area has been much improved since artists began to move in, the land owners are given incentives to keep the rents affordable so the artists can stay.
I was told that the First Friday each month brought 10,000 people into town and the streets were blocked from traffic, bands played and people not only came to appreciate the art, they took it home with them! One gallery I visited who hasn’t been affected by the economic downturn only carried artwork in the $10,000-$20,000 price range. They were putting up a new show because the previous show sold out!
I am looking forward to attending a First Friday in Kansas City and will be researching how I and my collective might participate.