KCPT Public Television is 50 years old. As we mentioned last week, in the spirit of turning 50, we recently invited 50 of our viewers to tell us what KCPT means to them. Our only request was to write it on a sign with a marker in 5 words or less. The only exception to the rule: Figure out a way to show your five words more creatively. Here are some of the responses from your friends and neighbors as we recorded them around the metro.
What does KCPT mean to you? Can you tell us in five words or less on a sign or in some other creative way? Send a link to your video or email a photo to The Local Show. We’ll show you more of these on next week’s program.
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This week, Leo Morton talks about his involvement with the Big 5 arts campus initiative. We take a look inside The Box Gallery. Author Candice Millard discusses her new book, Destiny of the Republic. And in observance of KCPT’s 50th birthday, we recruit some KCPT viewers to tell us what KCPT means to them.
Destiny of the Republic, which tells the tale of the madness and murder of President James Garfield, started the year in the number 15 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list. Randy Mason caught up with Candice Millard.
Last year the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce released with great fanfare their 5 big ideas for moving the metro forward. They didn’t want to just talk about 5 ideas. They wanted to make 5 things happen that would make a difference in the metro.
After months of task forces and meetings and shrinking down its list from close to 200 big ideas, they decided to roll up their sleeves and propose relocating the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to Downtown, develop a strategic plan to improve urban neighborhoods, make Kansas City a nationally recognized center for medical research, hold a world symposium on animal health, and transform Kansas City into “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.”
Lots of groups come up with bold plans and ideas to improve the city, but do those noble visions just end up gathering dust on a shelf? On KCPT, we’re going to to track the Big 5 to see how these ideas progress.
In one area, momentum is already building. Over the holiday, UMKC was announcing plans to expand its concept of a new downtown arts campus. While initial reports were that UMKC was considering moving just its Conservatory of Music and Dance to a new site, possibly to the now vacant Lyric Theater, the university is now hiring firms to conduct a feasibility study into moving other arts programs such as the Kansas City Repertory Theater, KCUR Radio and the UMKC Theater program. This could potentially bring as many as a thousand students and faculty to a new arts campus downtown.
Nick Haines welcomes Leo Morton, the Champion for the arts campus initiative, to The Local Show to discuss the progress on this big idea.
It’s always fun to find the unexpected around our town. And The Box Gallery certainly qualifies. It’s a small space literally tucked inside the Commerce Bank Tower downtown at 10th and Walnut. They’ve had three shows already, and Randy Mason gives you a quick tour of the current exhibit, which showcases the work of graduate students in the UMKC Theater Department.
“Form Follows Function” will continue at the Box Gallery inside Commerce Bank at 10th and Walnut through February 24th.