From City Scene KC: https://cityscenekc.com/the-arts-asylum-opens-satellite-gallery-in-crossroads/ By Kevin Collison The Arts Asylum has longed for a presence in the Crossroads, and has finally found its opportunity beginning this First Friday thanks to a financial services business that welcomes creativity. Premier Financial Partners, an eight-employee firm that opened on the ground level of the Campbell Lofts building four years ago, has agreed to be the satellite gallery for The Arts Asylum. “We wanted to be part of the arts community and be an ‘anti-College Boulevard’ type of office,” said John Christy of Premier Financial. “We were looking to do more with the arts and the Arts Asylum came to us.” The first show, which opens Friday at 1535 Walnut, will feature three visual artists associated with The Arts Asylum, a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in a historic church at 1000 E. Ninth St. The Arts Asylum also will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop at its new Crossroads gallery Friday that will feature fabric goods, jewelry and smaller gift items crafted by six of its members. The 36 works on display at the new Arts Asylum Crossroads gallery are hung throughout the lobby and offices in the building. “We’ve wanted to be in the Crossroads for awhile, and we’re always looking for more gallery space,” said Evie Craig, executive director of Arts Asylum. “This seemed like a good opportunity to launch this. It’s a manageable and it gives more exposure to our artists.” The Arts Asylum also will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop at its new Crossroads gallery Friday that will feature fabric goods, jewelry and smaller gift items crafted by six of its members. The new Arts Asylum space is not your typical Crossroads gallery. The 36 works in the first show are hung throughout the lobby of Campbell Lofts and the offices of Premier Financial. The featured artists are Aaron Smith, who does kinetic photographs; painter Dylan Carrol and Jake Schmidt, who does ink and bronze drawings. This Friday from 5- to 9 p.m. will be the only open house for the show which runs through the end of March. After Friday, people wanting to see the art will have to schedule an appointment with Aaron Smith at the Arts Asylum: aaron@TheArtsAsylum.org. “It’s kind of a soft launch,” Christy said. “Our goal is to provide a platform for The Arts Asylum that allows them to provide a platform for their artists.” Plans call for each future quarterly show at the new space to have a similar First Friday open house followed by appointment-only visits. The next exhibition will open in April and will have a Holocaust theme in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Month.
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From CitySceneKC: https://cityscenekc.com/downtown-library-district-gets-new-dog-pad/ By Kevin Collison Downtown dogs have a new pad to hang out by the Central Library garage, an artificial approach to better accommodate nature’s call. The library in partnership with the Downtown Council Community Improvement District recently installed 6,000 square feet of synthetic lawn in front of the library’s iconic bookend mural. It replaces a patch of grass that had struggled for years. “You can’t grow grass because of the shade and the dogs,” said Sean O’Byrne, vice president of the Downtown Council. “It’s designed to percolate through the soil and people need to pick up after their doggies. We think it’s a great opportunity.” CityScene KC reported last year about the need for downtown residents to do a better job of curbing their dogs. There are an estimated 7,685 dogs living in greater downtown, according to a formula used by the American Veterinary Medical Association based on the number of households. That adds up to tons of poop. New signs urge people to do a better job of cleaning up after their pets. But downtown wasn’t originally built as pet-friendly place. So all those dogs have taken their toll on the green patches available, particularly in the Library District. It’s a neighborhood where of hundreds of apartments are located in converted buildings near the Central Library. “Synthetic lawn was developed with dogs in mind,” O’Byrne said. “It’s a good alternative for a harsh urban environment.” Besides replacing the patch in front of the garage bookend mural with synthetic lawn, new fencing has been put up around sidewalk landscaping wells in the Library District and hardier plants found. Signs also have been added to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. O’Byrne said finding better ways to accommodate dogs and encouraging their owners to be more responsible are part of the growing pains of the new downtown. “When we started the revitalization of downtown, we thought we’d won if we saw people pushing baby carriages and walking dogs,” he said. “We’re seeing lots of both now.”