a charlotte street 15 year anniversary project considering the history and future of artist-driven pioneering in Kansas City and the changing nature of the city's "frontiers"
The Living Archive tumblr is up and running! New content relating to the history of Kansas City’s artists’ community is being added continually, as new contributors are sharing their archives with us! [Note, the tumblr will now serve as the central hub for our posting relating to KC arts community history.]
As much as it is oriented toward the future, The Frontier is equally concerned with documenting the present and delving into the past, with the belief that we can be invigorated by a heightened consciousness of what’s come before, and that new possibilities and potentials might be best imagined with history in present mind. Indeed, it seems with age comes the perspective that cycles repeat and that while the manifestations of a pioneering drive might vary based on times and conditions, many of its motivating instincts and orientations persist…
The Frontier aspires to begin to build, in an incremental way, a Living Archive. This archive is conceived as a breathing, evolving, inclusive and many-authored endeavor that may encompass documentation of conversations and activities occurring in real time, timelines, print materials, photographs, film, videos, correspondence, podcasts, creative and critical writing, discussions based in social media, original artworks and more. In terms of scope, we are focusing on materials that relate to the pioneering roles artists and artist-centered projects/spaces/publications/activities have played in the evolution of our city and culture.
It is planned that this archive will begin to be accumulated in the gallery during the course of The Frontier and will live more comprehensively and enduringly online. Both the gallery and the web will serve as sites where individuals may access and contribute to the archive. As the show unfolds, so too will the archives grow, as interviews are conducted, print materials scanned, timelines developed, old snapshots digitized. The projects and public programs occurring as part of The Frontier will themselves also become a part of archive.
It is hoped that the Living Archive will grow into an expansive, ongoing community archiving project, in partnership with other entities over time.
Your contributions are welcome! Learn more about how to participate in The Living Archive by sharing your stories ephemera here.
And visit The Living Archive tumblr to follow the accumulation of the archive’s contents!