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

Burundi’s constitutional court to decide interim leader after president’s death

first_imgC.A.R Interim Leader Meets French President Guinea’s Constitutional Court confirms President Conde’s re-election FILE PHOTO: Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza claps after signing the new constitution at the Presidential Palace in Gitega Province, Burundi June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File PhotoBurundi’s constitutional court will decide who takes over as interim leader following the sudden death this week of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the government said in a statement on Thursday.According to the constitution the speaker of the House is supposed to take over, but there has been uncertainty as to who is in charge.The government announced on Tuesday that Nkurunziza, 55, had died of a heart attack although it was not clear which day he died.Nkurunziza had been due to hand over power in August to President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye, who successfully stood for the ruling party in elections last month.The cabinet decided at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the constitutional court should guide the country and “show modalities of filling the post,” the government statement said.Burundi watchers have been keen to see whether the country’s powerful cabal of army generals and security chiefs who propped up Nkurunziza during his 15-year rule remain united over the succession.Nkurunziza was a former rebel leader whose rule was marked by widespread brutality and repression against his opponents. The economy is also in tatters after donors, whose aid was a key source of government revenue, shunned it amid the human rights violations.Authorities have not yet announced a date for Nkurunziza’s burial.Relatedcenter_img Constitutional court declares Tshisekedi DRC President electlast_img read more

Argos Open 2010 With Comfort Inn-vitational Sweep

first_imgArgos Open 2010 With Comfort Inn-vitational Sweep Lindsay Homme tallied 20 kills on the day (Photo by Jim Hogue) Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida volleyball team opened their 2010 campaign with a bang Friday, downing Southern Indiana and Eckerd in the opening two matches of the 2010 Comfort Inn-vitational. Head Coach Melissa Wolter’s squad rallied to down USI by a 3-1 count before dispatching Eckerd in the nightcap, 3-0.MATCH #1 – WEST FLORIDA 3, SOUTHERN INDIANA 1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-15)A mix of game-tested veterans and fresh blood paced the way for the Argonauts (2-0) in the opener, as UWF rallied for a win after dropping their first set of the season. Returning sophomore Lindsay Homme led all players with 15 kills, while transfers Chandler Carney and Katie Johnson added 11 and 10 kills respectively in their first match as Argos. Johnson also added 13 digs to notch a double-double.UWF struggled to recover after dropping seven of the match’s first eight points. Three straight kills from Homme knotted the set up at 13-13, but a blistering USI attack ultimately doomed the Argos in the opening frame. The Eagles hit.300 in the first stanza, which they won by a 25-21 count.The second set was a back-and-forth affair for the first dozen points, until another Homme kill put UWF ahead, 7-5. The monster attack set off a 15-7 run for the Argonauts that put them comfortably ahead. Another fresh face, Molly Pearce capped the set with her first career kill, giving the Argos a 25-17 victory.West Florida assumed control of the match with a dominating 25-14 third-set win. After an attack error by Mailande Parker tied the set up at 9 apiece, UWF rattled off a set-ending 16-5 run. After a pair of aces by newcomer Anna Stoecklein put the Argos on the brink, Homme put the set to rest with yet another kill.The final set was nearly as easy as the third, with Wolter’s squad coasting to a 25-15 win. An 8-1 spurt, capped off by another Homme kill, put UWF up, 21-12, and Parker ended the match with her ninth and final kill of the afternoon.Carney and Johnson weren’t the only players to shine in their Argo debut. Stoecklein led all players with 24 digs, while Pierce added 19 assists. UWF’s hitting percentage improved in each set, resting on a .221 mark. The Eagles hit .156 for the match, struggling to regain the form they showed in the opening period.Brittani Oliver led Southern Indiana with 16 kills, while Danielle LaGrange tacked on 14 kills and 10 digs.MATCH #2 – WEST FLORIDA 3, ECKERD 0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-18)West Florida’s first match of the day was a struggle at times, but the finale was a breeze, as UWF cruised to a three-set win. Johnson paced the squad with 10 kills; as a team, the Argonauts hit .376.A persistent blocking effort led UWF to a 25-16 win in the opening set. Homme and Jamie Nichols combined for three block assists, while Carney added a solo block of her own. The home side hit .276 for the set, led by Carney’s three kills. Eckerd, on the other hand, hit at a -.034 clip.The Argonauts controlled the second set with little resistance. UWF hit a sterling .500 for the set, and twice reeled off six consecutive points. Nichols smashed five kills in the set, while Carney wrapped up the frame with her first ace as an Argonaut.Eckerd mounted a charge in the third set, building a 10-4 edge, but the Argonauts whittled the deficit down and ended the match with their first sweep of the season. A Johnson kill sent the home fans to the house smiling, as UWF improved to 2-0 on the season.Nichols added nine kills on the evening, while Tricia Tirabassi collected a match-high 16 assists. Johnson totaled 10 digs for her second double-double in as many matches.Eckerd’s Alex Laton led the visitors with seven kills. The Tritons hit just .083 for the contest.UWF concludes the 2010 Comfort Inn-vitational on Saturday when they host Missouri-St. Louis. The match starts at 5:30 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Boys basketball: Bossier rolls into second round of 4A playoffs

first_imgThe Bossier Bearkats wasted little time in taking the drama out of their first-round Class 4A playoff game against the Neville Tigers on Thursday night at Bossier.Bossier scored the first basket of the game, led 15-2 after the first quarter and rolled to a 64-45 victory. The game wasn’t that close as the Bearkats led by as many as 33 in the second half. Neville hit a flurry of 3s late to make it semi-respectable.District 1-4A champion Bossier (23-10), the No. 4 seed, will host No. 13 Ben Franklin (24-3), a 45-44 winner over No. 20 Salmen, in the second round next week. Neville, the No. 29 seed, closed its season 12-16.Bossier has now won 13 straight first-round playoff games. The Bearkats haven’t lost in the first round since 2003.The Bearkats had one of their best games of the season shooting against Neville, making seven 3-pointers. Tyrese English, who led the Bearkats with 23 points, made four. Larry Robinson III, who scored 11, had three.Bossier had little trouble scoring inside, too, against the shorter Tigers. Post players Chris Davenport and Antonio Davis scored 10 and eight points, respectively. Some of those came after offensive rebounds.Meanwhile, Neville couldn’t get anything to fall until late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt. Bossier rarely let the Tigers get more than one shot.Robinson also had six rebounds and five assists. Davis had eight rebounds and Davenport had six.The two other Bossier Parish teams in the playoffs, Parkway and Plain Dealing, play Class 5A first-round games on the road Friday.District 1 co-champion Parkway (21-10), the No. 28 seed, travels to No. 5 Ruston (24-7) in Class 5A. Ruston defeated Parkway 56-34 in Ruston on Dec. 22.In Class 1A, No. 26 Plain Dealing (13-14) will visit No. 7 Delhi (19-9), the fourth-place team in District 2.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more