This week, we share some highlights from the debut of the Casavant organ at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with a performance by James David Christie. Nick Haines sits down with Dianne Cleaver and Jim Heeter to discuss their plan of attack for the Troost corridor revitalization initiative which is one facet of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 Ideas. Randy Mason welcomes April Roy to The Local Show to discuss her role in deciding the winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal which goes to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Finally, as part of our PerformArts series, we profile the Kansas City Chorale.
Six months after the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of its most potent acoustic features has yet to be fully appreciated. That is until now.
Crafted in the French romantic tradition, it features close to 6,000 pipes, 79 stops and 102 ranks.
It was built by Casavant, the 125 year old French-Canadian Firm, a company renowned for quality organs that have stood the test of time.
For a long time in this city, people have lamented why so little progress, so little improvement and economic development has happened east of Troost Avenue–the symbolic, geographic and racial divide in this city.
Now, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has agreed to throw its entire weight and influence towards making big changes. As part of what it calls its Big 5 intitiative, the Chamber has picked the Troost corridor for unprecedented focus and civic attention.
The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Big 5” ideas announced in September 2011, aimed at creating economic opportunity and establishing a more vibrant Kansas City region.
The Urban Neighborhood Initiative seeks to collaborate with an interested East Side low-income neighborhood or area to identify and begin to address issues to improve the opportunities of its residents.
This initial effort will involve two phases of work – planning and implementation. Each phase will engage community-wide stakeholders and residents in a process to collaboratively identify issues and resources that can effect change.
Nick Haines sits down with Dianne Cleaver and Jim Heeter to discuss their plan of attack for the Troost corridor revitalization initiative.
Here’s a look at the focus area for the Urban Neighborhood Initiative:
What do beloved children’s books The Polar Express, Where the Wild Things Are, Madeline and The Invention of Hugo Cabret have in common? They have all been honored by the Caldecott Committee, which annually selects the winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Award honors the nation’s best children’s picture books. Believe it or not, only 15 judges help select the Caldecott prize winner and one of them is from Kansas City. Her name is April Roy and she can normally be found in the children’s section of the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Library. Randy Mason was recently able to pull her away to join us for a conversation on The Local Show.