It's All Yours @ la Esquina

Organization Charlotte Street Foundation
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Address 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, MO, United States
Phone 816 221 5115
Start May 14, 2011
End June 11, 2011
Closed no information


A collaborative, event-based exhibition celebrating community & creativity on Kansas City's Westside
Led by Elysia Contreras, Zach Springer, & Eric Steen

It's All Yours is a collaborative, event-based exhibition that explores the community within and around la Esquina, celebrating a spectrum of creative interests among neighbors and businesses. The exhibition stretches beyond the walls of la Esquina by including artists and neighbors into the programming of the event series, solidifying the contributors and their endeavors as integral to the fabric of the neighborhood. The exhibition will take participants to new places in the area, introduce them to local residents, and highlight a number of interesting things that are happening in the neighborhood.

(All events are free and open to all!)

Celebrate Mom!
Saturday, May 14, 2-5pm
La Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

Celebrate Mother's Day with Mattie Rhodes at la Esquina! If Mother's Day flew by, take the afternoon of Saturday, May 14th from 2-5pm to spend time with your mom enjoying free snacks and refreshments and making fun take-home crafts for the whole family. Moms, come sit back and relax with a movie and other pampering surprises. Enter in a raffle for a chance to win special prizes that will make mom smile!

Game Workshop Night Led by Alta Vista Charter Middle School Students
Friday, May 20, 6-9pm
La Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

The students of the Art and Culture classes of Alta Vista Charter Middle School will be hosting a series of workshops on Friday, May 20th from 6-9pm. Come learn from the experts how to do a variety of activities from nail art to video games and soccer moves. Be the student for the night and let the students do the teaching. Enjoy free snacks and refreshments and maybe a movie too!

Gardening Day at Switzer Neighborhood Farm and Westside Community Garden
Saturday, May 28, 12-4pm
Meet at la Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

Got a green thumb or an interest in local gardens? On Saturday, May 28th meet us at la Esquina and we will all walk together to the Switzer Neighborhood Farm and Westside Community Garden for a day of helping out in the garden. Learn about the basics of growing edible gardens, raising chickens, and how to collect rainwater to use for the garden. Dress to be outside in the dirt. A few sets of extra gloves to use will be provided, along with beverages and a light snack.

Westside Boulevard Brew Night!
Friday, June 3, 5-8pm
La Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

The brewers and volunteers at Boulevard Brewery have created a small batch of beer that reflects the people and experiences of the Westside neighborhood. First Friday on June 3rd marks the first public appearance of the beer, served for free to gallery visitors for the night only. A wall drawing will highlight the relation of the beer to the neighborhood.

Generation Ginger
Friday, June 10, 8pm-midnight
La Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

Generation ginger's launch celebrates the integration of Indian heritage into today's world. Ritu Nanos, Cultural education consultant, explores a question that gets to the root of cultural identity: "Where are you from?" The evening's journey begins with a brief lecture introducing the topic and further illustrates the beauty of cultural integration by using music, dance and visual imagery in a collaborative story-telling of the Indian mythological story, Prahalad, while also inviting guests to participate in hands-on activities related to Indian culture.

About the organizers:
Elysia Contreras
earned her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2009, in Interdisciplinary Arts and Art History, and attended the New York Studio Program in 2008. She is currently working on her MA in Early Childhood Education at the Univesity of Missouri-Kansas City. She is organizer/creator of collabortive group art projects including "ExChange", "Let's Knit Together", and "Meet, Make, Share". Formerly head teacher at Hand in Hand school in Portland and an instructor at Portland Art Museum, she currently teaches classes for Alta Vista Charter Middle School on Kansas City's Westside.

Zach Springer received his MFA from Portland State University in Art and Social Practice in 2010, and received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2008. His works have been exhibited at Smackmellon, NY; Apex Art, NY; Belger Art Center, Kansas City; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; Mattie Rhodes Art Center, Kansas City; Public Space One, Iowa City, and elsewhere. Previously an instructor of Sculpture at Portland State University, he currently works at 3Axis Design in Kansas City. Springer founded "Buidling Something Together", a project where anyone can ask for help building something, with Springer working alongside them.

Eric Steen received his MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University and hs BFA from Oregon State University. He has taught at Portland State University, Oregan State Univesity, and Oxbow School of the Arts, and presented work and projects at museums and galleries including Glasgow Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow, Scotland; Apexart, NY; MK Gallery, Portland; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Klondike Institute, Yokon, Canada, among many others. Eric is also a homebrewer and the creator of

Charlotte Street Foundation is dedicated to making Kansas City a place where artists and art thrive. Through its Urban Culture Project initiative, Charlotte Street supports artists of all disciplines and contributes to the city's vitality by transforming previously vacant spaces into dynamic venues for mulit-disciplinary contemporary arts programming. For more information, visit

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