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The flyers are hitting the streets, just in time for the July First Fridays, in the Crossroads Arts District, thanks to our good friend April Spencer, of Good JuJu. Here’s a sample of what folks will see:

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST
BEFORE I DIE KANSAS CITY ART PROJECT
KICK OFF CELEBRATION @ 7PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD
214 W 21ST STREET
CROSSROADS ARTS DISTRICT

ADMISSION,FOOD, MUSIC, DRINK AND CHALK ARE FREE! OUR BUILDING WILL BE THE LIVING CANVAS FOR YOU TO CHALK YOUR HOPES & ASPIRATIONS
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.BEFOREIDIEKANSASCITY.COM

Below is our press release to the the local media:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Marion M. Merritt (816 739 6949)
marionmmerritt@gmail.com
http://www.BeforeIDieKansasCity.com

Before I Die Kansas City: Internationally Acclaimed Community Art Installation Coming To Kansas City For The First Time

Historic Crossroads Building To Be The Living Chalkboard Canvas For An Interactive Public Art Project

On Friday, August 3rd @ 7pm @ 214 W.20th Street in the Crossroads Arts District, the public is invited to the free Kick-Off Celebration/Art Installation of the First Ever Before I Die Kansas City Project. Music, Food, Drink and Plenty of Chalk will be provided for Kansas City to ascribe its hopes, fears & aspirations on the side of our building by filling in the blank “Before I Die I Want To_________________________.”

The “Before I Die Project” was originally created on an abandoned house in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang. Chang wanted the project to be about remembering what is important to you and creating public spaces that better reflect what matters to us as communities and as individuals. The project has since been staged in cities such as Brooklyn, Chicago, and Philadelphia and has expanded to Paris, South Africa, the Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, Portugal, Kazahkstan and beyond. “Through a series of large scale projects that combine installation with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” O Magazine, September 2011.

This project comes to Kansas City thanks to long time friends, Kansas City Arts Patron, Leslie Lerner, and Music Blogger, Marion Merritt. Leslie owns the empty building at 214 W. 20th Street, the Box Building, a former box manufacturing site. Marion read about “Before I Die”, thought of the empty Box Building in need of repurposing, and a successful Kickstarter campaign and website were launched. With chalkboard paint, “Before I Die I Want To” stencils provided by Candy Chang, and chalk in hand, Marion and Leslie are excited to share and engage with their community. Their motto for the upcoming event: Your Dreams Our Building.

Goodbye from your Sweetie. It pains our souls to know that most of your 100 years were spent in heartbreak and sorrow.

Before I Die I Want To: Understand Why We Close Our Hearts To Love

Our postcards are now being printed by Moo and we expect to be able to distribute them by the first week of July.

The Front:

The Back:

A Wish For Fraser & Debolt

Daisy and Allan at the farm

Daisy and Allan at the farm

We are guessing, but, we think that Leslie Lerner would love one more trip down memory lane with Fraser & Debolt. Unfortunately, Daisy Debolt died last year, but, Allan, if you see this, please come and play at our party.

Fraser & DeBolt perform a song at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1971.

Fraser & Debolt Theme

Brian Blain and Allan Fraser Yellow Door 2011 (Yes Fraser is still ALIVE)

As we move closer to our installation, art opening date, we are trying to spread the word of the of the project. Below is a mock up of the photo we will use on our postcard and our new QR code, which you can scan with your smartphone (there are many apps to chose from, (we use REDLASER) and it will bring you right to this site.

We have been moved by the thoughts and dreams and wishes that have been shared on the first Before I Die…Kansas City blackboard.

Here are the updates:

Postcard:

QR Code:

Hellooooo from The Box Building, My First Feature: Director:Ann Jean Luc Stewart

New video:

The Box Building 214 W. 20th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Leslie Lerner and Marion Merritt are friends who came together over a mutual love of art in all forms more than a decade ago. Leslie, an avid appreciator and collector, bought an old building on a whim in the heart of an emerging Kansas City arts district 3 years ago. The building, called the Box Building because of its previous incarnation, had great potential and we had lots of ideas. Unfortunately, we were buried under the weight of all those ideas.

Fast forward to this year when Marion, a passionate music lover and blogger, read about Candy Chang’s amazing “Before I Die” project. Serendipity! Eureka! Whoop de do! We will get our hands dirty with a good old fashioned art project and we can draw inspiration for the building’s potential from our neighbors. We will be the first to introduce “Before I Die” to Kansas City and Kansas City will help us answer the burning question for the Box Building: Before I Die I will become_____________________.


Before I Die…New Orleans via Candy Chang


Marion: Before I die: I EXPECT TO LIVE FOREVER

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