Northeast Arts is always game to lend a hand around the neighborhood. Sometimes it's putting a great idea of our own into action; other times it's partnering with another group to add our resources to a neighborhood beautification project by helping out with an event or hosting a gathering at the garden. Here are some examples of our "Side Projects".
Cultures Without Borders was a juried art show that was presented annually by Northeast Arts from 1997-2017. It exhibited works in a variety of media formats by artists from the Greater KC Metro area and the surrounding 4-state region.
To view images of artwork from Cultures Exhibits past and present,
Theme Behind Culture Without Borders
Culture is the complex of feelings, thoughts, tastes, customs, arts, behaviors, and traditions that define a particular society or group.
Many ethnic and social groups call the Kansas City area home. Members of each group carry their own unique traits and yet manage to cooperate daily with others of differing opinions and backgrounds.
Borders both physical and social, typically separate and divide.
We looked for artwork that showed a notion of inclusivity, while still typifying one’s own particular “Culture”. We are richly diverse in our area and our challenge was to see our similarities as well as our differences: “Cultures” Submissions could be open and expressive, tight and defined, or anything in between. This was a show of many mediums and styles, and we invited diverse entries.
Working in collaboration with the city government, Northeast Arts created the "Window Dressing" project, where volunteer artists using donated materials transform the boarded-up windows of abandoned buildings into temporary art galleries filled with murals.
So far, two buildings have received the Window Dressing treatment: one on the 3500 block of Independence Ave., and another at 7th & Indiana.
There are no windows currently available.
"I have contractors that paint boards white. We have no creativity ... It (window dressing) brings some character to the neighborhood and a sense of community to those going by. It makes you feel good that people are doing something and there’s something they can do to make an impact.”
Manager, KC Neighborhood Preservation Division