~ The Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting community members to participate in the process of enhancing the Brush Creek Cultural Heritage Corridor Trail experience by submitting nominations before March 31, 2023. The trail is envisioned to be a series of 14 interconnected nodes that tell the story of the American Civil Rights Movement and the Black experience in Kansas City through art installations and interpretive signs.

Carmaletta M Williams, Ph. D., chief executive officer of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, said, "Kansas City recognizes the importance of honoring the lives, energy, emotional and physical investments of its African American population in creating and sustaining the growth and character of this City. This Brush Creek Cultural Heritage Corridor Trail will pay homage to Kansas Citians who chose to make this place their homes and the varied, wonderful cultural aspects that were instrumental to the Building of Black Kansas City."

Funding for this project comes from a $1 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation plus $400,000 from the City of Kansas City, Missouri's One Percent for Art program. A call for artists is scheduled to be released in spring 2023. Linda Clayton, a Kansas Citian said "I am so excited for the public art installations to be added along Brush Creek. I grew up in this area attending concerts at the amphitheater and playing along the banks of the Creek. It means a lot to me that local and national Civil Rights Heritage will be honored at a place that feels like home to me."

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Community members are encouraged to submit nominations for events or individuals they think should be recognized by visiting or emailing with their name; email address; ZIP code; name of event or element or person; brief description; why it should be part of Brush Creek Community Heritage Trail; phone number (optional). Submissions can also be mailed via U.S Mail or dropped off at KC Parks & Recreation before March 31st 2023 with honoree name or event; brief description; email address/phone number (optional); name (optional).

From all submissions received, a project steering committee along with professional historians will evaluate each submission and decide on themes for each site selected. The goal is to draw local, national and international audiences who can reflect on this important historical record while meditating or grieving over it as well.

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