We see Kansas City as a perfect place with great support for our organization to create shared residential, business and community facilities and programs. Our community will be small enough to encourage connections between members and in which each person feels that he or she can influence the direction of the community. In our residential space, we recognize the need to balance community connection with personal autonomy.
In order to help Kansas City move towards being a model for better sustainable urban living, we plan on doing the following as a community.
1.) Consider the environmental costs of our choices of what we use, and by reducing our use of non-renewable energy and other resources.
2.) We aim to create local, small-scale businesses which promote our values while providing living wages.
3.) We plan to supplement our personal and residential food supply by growing produce ourselves on site.
4.) We plan to reduce our personal and community waste by using less, sharing more, recycling, and exploring other ways to live more sustainably in the middle of an urban environment.
5.) We want to share what we learn from our experiences with more intentional living with others by offering workshops, presentations, apprenticeship, hospitality, tours and community engagement.
“I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
–Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft
The KC ARTS Ecovillage Project seeks to be a model of sustainable, cooperative, collaborative, and more beautiful living in an urban environment.
- Community – We want to live and work together as a community and as part of the larger KC community. We want to be part of what is happening on Troost (and the surrounding areas) and we want to work in collaboration with other existing and forming groups and initiatives.
- Sustainability – We want to explore ways to live more sustainably in an urban center, both as individuals and as a community. We feel that the Ecovillage can be a center for education and resources on sustainable living. The lot and a half behind the building on Armour can also be developed into a community garden, urban food forest, etc. to help with these efforts.
- Arts – We believe that art brings people together, that it can transform community and that it can help create a sense of place in an urban center. Art can also save and change lives.