|Jim Leedy is still at work in the Crossroads Arts District of
Kansas City. He is the subject of a film about his life.
The Kansas City Star published a profile on a “first” pioneer of the Crossroads, Jim Leedy, who also was the focus of a documentary film, Leedy, that chronicles his work in both the art world and in the Kansas City arts community.
Leedy is a former Kansas City Art Institute professor, and co-founder of the Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center. The Star article gives a more in-depth look at the work Leedy and his cohorts did, to create a nurturing place for new artists, and eventually bring economic renewal to what had once been a seedy warehouse district.
|This crumbling warehouse in Utica, NY is the kind of place
where beginning artists might find cheap studio space.
|This “Heidelberg Project” house offers an eye-popping
example of “visually interesting things in shared spaces.”
|The ambiance of a successful arts district includes eateries
such as Benton Harbor, MI’s Phoenix Cafe.