Restore KC (#RestoreKC) is a series of conversations and programs for Kansas Citians to connect, process, and heal during this global pandemic, economic crisis, and social awakening about the realities of systemic racism permeating every level of our existence. We will explore how to restore our health, trust, and hope while confronting trauma, disparities, and injustice. We intend to identify creative, resourceful strategies to achieve a mutual understanding, strengthen relationships, repair harm, and embrace our shared humanity.

Restore KC is produced by Kansas City Museum in partnership with Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, Black Archives of Mid-America, UMKC’s Center for Neighborhoods, UNESCO Creative City-KC, and African American Artists Collective. Together, we believe that history- and humanities-based experiences are needed now to create new opportunities for equity, justice, collaborative action, and solidarity for the City we love.

Since spring 2019, the Kansas City Museum has been working with an education team on developing education and public programs using a restorative practices methodology. Restore KC was conceived from this work.

For upcoming Restore KC programming click here.

Previous Programs:

Thursday, July 2
Full Circle at Kansas City Museum
The first Restore KC program created a virtual community circle to learn about restorative practices and why the Kansas City Museum is embracing its core framework and strategies to advance a civic unity vision. The program was led by Lisa Middlebrook of Engage and Connect, LLC.
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Helpful Resources:
What is Restorative Practices?

Tuesday, July 21
Restorative Justice: Community Remembrance Project of Missouri
The Community Remembrance Project of Missouri (CRP-MO) is a community coalition that partners with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to memorialize victims of racial terror lynchings throughout history and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice today. This Restore KC program provided an opportunity to learn about the CRP-MO including its 2018 origins with the collection of soil at the location of the lynching of Levi Harrington, installation of the Levi Harrington memorial marker, and its vision to challenge racial injustice while advocating for equal treatment in the criminal justice system. The program was led by CRP Co-Liaisons Glenn North and Staci Pratt.
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Helpful Resources:
Equal Justice Initiative
Lynching in America
Community Remembrance Project

Thursday, August 6
Embracing Creative Placemaking During Crisis & Reckoning

Creative Placemaking is a strategy and collaborative process that uses arts and cultural expression for meaningful resident-driven engagement and community development. This Restore KC program provided an opportunity to learn about the field and practice of Creative Placemaking, and why it is essential to deploy now—during this pandemic and social reckoning—in our parks and public spaces where we can address complex community issues to create a deeper understanding of place and shared heritage.

This program was a conversation with Kansas City-based Artist and Interactive Arts Educator Michael Toombs and Design Trust for Public Space Executive Director Matthew Clarke.  The conversation was moderated by Dr. Jacob Wagner, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Co-Founder of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Kansas City-Missouri and Nia Richardson, Assistant to the Director for Small Business + Entrepreneurship at KC BizCare.

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Helpful Resources:
The Toolkit for Health, Arts, Parks, and Equity
The Field Guide For Parks and Creative Placemaking