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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Media Advisory: 35th and Prospect mural, community event on Thursday

For Immediate Release
Nov. 2, 2016

For weeks, community partners, police, prosecutors and others have worked on completing a mural to beautify the blighted corner of 35th and Prospect Avenue. The effort will near completion Thursday (Nov. 3) in an interactive event, 5 to 7 p.m.

The art project at E. 35th St. and Prospect Ave. is being led by ArtsTech, Storytellers Inc., the Community Response Team (CRT) and local residents. They will work to complete a multi-week interactive art project to raise neighborhood awareness of the positive possibilities of revitalizing the corner.

More than 300 people have participated thus far and have contributed ideas and designs for the community mural project, which will be erected on a building near a vacant lot and adjacent pocket park. Activities began October 6th and have continued each Thursday night from 5-7pm through November 17th.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, ArtsTech, Storytellers, Inc. and the CRT will continue to utilize art apprentices and adult mentors to engage the local neighborhood residents and stakeholders in mural design and production. The mural will depict the importance of place to the neighborhoods, while serving a major beautification effort for the blighted corner at E. 35th St. and Prospect Ave.

The State of Missouri Department of Economic Development Division of Workforce Development, First Call Alcohol / Drug Prevention & Recovery, Jackson County C.O.M.B.A.T., Center for Conflict Resolution and New Reflections Technical Institute to join local business owners, community members, youth, KCPD and individuals who hang out at the intersection to participate in the interactive arts project. Resource providers will be set up on sight alongside free food and entertainment, while we continue to create the mural.

CRT is a community effort developed as a result of a federal grant awarded to KC No Violence Alliance to build improved community-law enforcement relations in the Prospect Avenue corridor. The group includes the leaders of seven neighborhood associations in that area, as well as other community leaders, police, prosecutors and social service providers.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Samuelson
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA)
Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI
415 E. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 881-3831
(402) 651-3667


Michael Mansur
Director of Communications
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
work: (816) 881-3812
mobile: (816) 674-3954

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