The ART SQUAD goes to Hollywood!

The ART SQUAD goes to Hollywood!

Actually they didn’t but I did go to the NeighborWorks Conference in Los Angeles last month to give a presentation about CHWC’s Art Squad and all the wonderful things they do for our neighborhood but lets start from the beginning.

It all started nearly 4 years ago when I took the Community Organizer job at Community Housing of Wyandotte County here in Kansas City, Kansas. My goal from the first day was to engage youth in our community through the Arts and to help them use Art as a tool to engage their community. First there were after school Art classes about creativity, technology and self-expression. We started an Art club and quickly had a small following.

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Transforming a neighborhood

Great story about the changes in the St Peters/Waterway neighborhoods in Kansas City, KS. About some of the amazing folks that live there and the organizations that have provided resources and support to allow the citizens that live there to make changes in what they want their neighborhoods to be. A true story about new beginnings and the hope of a bright future!