Creative Placemaking Program with Kara Elliott-Ortega & Bryan Lee
Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum
3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130

FREE to attend. Space is limited. Register Now.

As part of the Parks & Recreation Department’s continued focus on creative placemaking through its collaboration with Greater Kansas City LISC, City Parks Alliance, and Trust for Public Land, we invite you to a program with guest speakers Kara Elliott-Ortega and Bryan Lee on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum, located at 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130.

For this program, our guest speakers Kara Elliott-Ortega (Boston) and Bryan Lee (New Orleans) will talk about specific projects they have or are currently working on (including their challenges, opportunities, and lesson learned) that are relevant for Kansas City as we work together to understand the complex relationship between creative placemaking and development and gentrification, and how public spaces and cultural institutions can mitigate displacement and help to bolster community engagement, inclusion, and equity in the representation of cultural heritage and identities throughout Kansas City’s neighborhoods.

This program is presented in partnership by: Parks & Recreation Department including Kansas City Museum and Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum; Greater Kansas City LISC; City Parks Alliance; Trust for Public Land; KCMO City Planning & Development; KC BizCare; Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City; Northeast Arts KC; The Northeast News; Mattie Rhodes Center; UMKC’s Center for Neighborhoods; UNESCO Creative Cities, Kansas City; and African American Artist Collective.

For some information on Kara Elliot-Ortega and Bryan Lee, please see below:



6th Annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration
Sunday, October 20
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kessler Park at Scarritt Point (parkland just west of the Kansas City Museum at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.)
FREE to attend, all ages welcome!
Bring a picnic and enjoy the park and city view
*please note N. Indiana Ave. will be closed to through traffic*

Presented in partnership with the Mattie Rhodes Art Center, this annual celebration at the Kansas City Museum explores the history and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos! Enjoy the following free activities: live music by Mundo Nuevo, puppetry by Stone Lion Puppet Theater, children’s arts and crafts, and a fashion show by Giselle’s Bridal KC and Zouk Choreography!  Guests are also welcomed to participate in a community alter installation.

Handmade sugar skulls from California will be available for purchase for $3 per sugar skull with glitter, sequins, and feathers available for decoration.

Food Trucks on site from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
Coffee Cake KC
Hamburgesa Loca
Russell Stover
Sancho Street Side
Seven Swans Creperi

Children’s Day of the Dead arts & crafts stations by:
Artist & Craftsman & Supply Kansas City
Kansas City Museum
Mattie Rhodes Art Center

For more information, please contact Programs Director, Paul Gutierrez at or 816.513.0726.