Overland Park, Kansas, which lies in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is the second most populous city in the state, with more than 173,000 residents. The city's downtown district has suffered economic challenges, but has been increasingly attracting artists and creative small businesses.
To continue encouraging creative activity in downtown, the not-for-profit Arts & Recreation Foundation is partnering with the City of Overland Park on the InterUrban ArtHouse, a new creative hub and cultural facility, named after the "Interurban" train that in 1906 connected this formerly rural area to downtown Kansas City. The facility will repurpose a blighted, partially vacant industrial property downtown and will include affordable art studios, not-for-profit offices, storefront retail opportunities for creative entrepreneurs, exhibition space, and areas for community arts programs, resources, education, and events. The Kaufmann Foundation, Arts Council of Johnson County, and Hoffman Cortes Contracting are also partners on the project and joined by more than a dozen local and regional community partners.
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