InterUrban ArtHouse acquires Overland Park Post Office building across the street to provide space for expansion

first_imgRendering of the new gallery space planned for the InterUrban Arthouse.The InterUrban ArtHouse, a cultural anchor in downtown Overland Park for five years, has bought the post office building across the street to allow a major expansion of its arts programs and studio space.Angie Hejduk, chief operating officer for the ArtHouse, said the acquisition of the 10,000 square-foot post office building at 8010 Conser St. was completed with the help of a $160,000 grant from the City of Overland Park.Other funding for the purchase: Anonymous, $100,000; Regnier Foundation, $75,000; Howard Jacobson, $20,000; Hal Shapiro, $10,000, and Sunderland Foundation, $100,000.Plans call for the U.S. Post Office to downsize its current operation and continue to operate a 1,000 square-foot retail facility in the building.Rendering of the community porch planned for the new InterUrban Arthouse.The remainder will be converted to a dozen studios, classroom and exhibition space, and a coffee shop. The loading dock will become a “community porch.” The move also will allow InterUrban to meet the needs of people with disabilities.Hejduk estimated the cost of the renovation at about $500,000. A fundraising effort is underway. The InterUrban ArtHouse purchased the post office building debt-free and wants to complete the renovations without debt as well. The organization currently is in rented space across the street at 8001 Conser.Owning its own space and avoiding the uncertainty of rent increases was one of the goals when Nicole Emanuel founded the ArtHouse. “She came to Kansas City with her family and found that there were only a few artist spaces in this area,” Hejduk said. “She reached out to the community and over 100 artists showed up…by owning the building, we can control our rent.”Hejduk said the InterUrban ArtHouse has been a contributor to the renaissance currently occurring in downtown Overland Park. The retail district is thriving and developments totaling more than 500 apartments are in the pipeline.“We’ve been here for several years and feel we’ve been a key component of the cultural landscape,” she said. “That’s why people are developing and creating more living options.”Hejduk also praised the City of Overland Park for its help acquiring the post office building.“The city made a substantial endorsement of arts programming in this community,” she said.The ArtHouse will continue utilizing its former rented space at 8001 Conser. A new middle school for the arts is in the works there as well, and students at the school are expected to take classes at InterUrban ArtHouse.The first event planned for the new space will be a TEDxOverland Park grand opening on the theme of Systems. It will be March 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.The InterUrban ArtHouse has acquired the post office building at 8010 Conser St. in downtown Overland Park.last_img read more

T&T Film Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgThe Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago will be the destination of choice for movie and film enthusiasts from September 15 to 29, as the dual-island republic hosts the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF).Featuring films from and about the region and its diaspora, the TTFF aims to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide range of industry programs and networking opportunities. Some of the stand-out events included in this year’s festival are the opening night red carpet gala and after-party, an awards ceremony and the screening of approximately 100 feature length and short films created by Caribbean and Diaspora film makers, many of which will make their world premiere on the TTFF stage.The festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, will also screen ten classic Caribbean films and, for those interested in the art of film making, host workshops, a documentary master class facilitated by renowned documentary film maker Nick Broomfield and a three day academic symposium entitled Caribbean Cinema Now.Participants will also have the opportunity to network with some of the best local and international directors and film makers, including Pras Michel of the Fugees who will be attending the festival to promote the Caribbean premiere of his film Sweet Micky for President which will be shown at the opening night gala and after-party.last_img read more

Utah Utes football notes: Practice days planned to minute

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — During two-a-days, which end today, the Utes have begun each morning practice at 9 a.m., while the afternoon sessions have started at 4:55 p.m. and are supposed to end at 6:25.So why not just start at 5 and end at 6:30?Coach Kyle Whittingham explained that every minute of the day is mapped out from the time the coaches arrive before their 7 a.m. meeting.”The NCAA has certain stipulations about time between practices, so we want to utilize every minute available to us,” he said. “You don’t round off in football. It’s a game of inches and milliseconds.”So what about the fact that nearly every Ute practice seems to go a half hour long?”We’ve built in some leeway there, so we’re well underneath the total time allowed (by the NCAA),” Whittingham said.INJURIES: As has been he case throughout most of fall camp, at least a dozen players didn’t participate in practice Thursday and worked out in the injury “pit.” The latest to get hurt was freshman receiver Kenneth Scott, who had ice wrapped on his ankle and used crutches after getting injured in Thursday’s practice.”They’re starting to pile up,” said Whittingham of the injuries. “We’ve got to get guys healthy. It’s starting to be a concern.”Starting linebacker J.J. Williams is also still on crutches with an injured left foot and freshman safety Damian Payne is also hobbling on crutches. Even though it looks like Williams may not practice for awhile, defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake believes he will be ready to play against Pitt in two weeks.CAPTAINS SELECTED: By a vote of their teammates, Matt Asiata, Christian Cox, Sealver Siliga and Zane Taylor have been elected as the 2010 Utah team captains. Asiata, who was also a captain last year, Cox and Taylor are all seniors, while Siliga is a junior.The four team captains will also serve on the 2010 Football Leadership Committee, voted by the players, joining Eddie Wide, Jereme Brooks, Matt Martinez, Tony Bergstrom, J.J. Williams, Brandon Burton, Jordan Wynn, Luke Matthews and Brian Blechen.UTE NOTES: Dexter Ransom, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound transfer from Blinn Community College in Texas, spoke with the media for the first time Thursday after joining the team a day earlier. “I’m getting used to the air,” the big receiver said. “It will take a few days to get in shape.” … Jamal Smith, a redshirt freshman wide receiver has started working out as a defensive back. “He played a lot of DB in high school, so we’re going to take a look at him,” said Whittingham. … Freshman safety Brian Blechin, who has been wearing No. 4, the same number as Matt Asiata, wore No. 17 Thursday, although that may not be the number he wears this season. … The third scrimmage of the fall will be held Saturday morning.e-mail: [email protected] Related Utah Utes football camp notescenter_img Conspiracy as ESPN gets BCS?last_img read more