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Trash or Treasure? The Curious Items and Strange Artifacts of Just Colcord

Colcord explores the streets of Kansas City for discarded treasure to transform into characters with elaborate stories—a robot, a wizard with a miniature lair, a heist team of eight. A gear here, a spring there, trash transformed into art. Colcord believes that art is something you engage with, something that you play with. Explore his experimental worlds and stop motion films on view at the Toy and Miniature Museum.

Wednesday – Saturday through June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free exhibit with the cost of admission

The Toy and Miniature Museum
5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

For more information, visit the Museum website

This exhibit should be good for Artastic #2. While you’re at the Museum, take a look around and see what you can do for Toys and Games as well!

Prairie Village Art Fair, May 31

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

71st Street and Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

For more information, visit the Prairie Village Shops website.

Community art fairs such as this one are almost always good sources of information and activities for the Artastic badge — as well as a lot of fun!

Liberty Arts Squared Festival, May 31 and June 1

The 4th Annual Liberty Arts Squared Festival features fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, arts activities for children, and a beer and wine garden on Friday evening.

The visual arts area incorporates two- and three-dimensional fine arts and fine crafts. Media will be juried and displayed in two separate categories: Fine Arts and Crafts. Examples of art that are eligible for the juried selection are:

  • wet media (oils/acrylic/watercolors)
  • dry media (pencils, charcoal, pastels)
  • sculpture (wire, glass, metal, wood, fired clay, other)
  • photography
  • mixed media
  • hand-built and wheel thrown pottery and ceramics
  • fine jewelry
  • fibers, basketry, and weaving

This is a great opportunity for the Artastic or Creative Crafts badges.

On Friday evening, from 4-9 pm, we will present Jeff Porter, and the great band The Crayons! On Saturday, we will present the Liberty Jazz Ensemble, Jeff Porter, Edge Town, and The Rick Bacus Trio! Consider this for Music Appreciation.

Liberty Arts Squared will have book and poetry readings, and singer/songwriters featured throughout the day on Saturday at the Corbin Theater on the square. Come in to cool off, bring in your lunch or snack, have a seat and enjoy the literary arts and song. Check out the schedule of the day for your favorite or new performing literary artists. This might help with Book Adventurer or Creative Writing.

The Children’s art area of the festival will feature interactive arts activities in the visual arts, literature, musical arts and music-making and performance. The following organizations will be providing children’s art activities:  Martha Lafitte Nature Sanctuary, Oddball Kids, Red Star Studios (clay), Liberty Symphony Orchestra, the Liberty School District will present Dr. Vibrations (the musical petting zoo), and face painting. The activities are set up so that children can become engaged with producing art and viewing demonstrations throughout the children’s area. Activities will be available for all age groups from very young through teen-aged. This will help with Artastic, as well as just be fun!

Friday, May 31, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Historic Liberty Square, Liberty, Missouri

For more information, visit the Liberty Arts Squared website

Kids Team Up For Art, May 18 or 25

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to tap their creative energies and create masterpieces during the Westport Center for the Arts’ “Team Up for Art” event. Participants will focus on both individual skill building and the completion of a group project by the end of the session.

Participants are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for working with paint, glue, clay and other hands-on materials. Parent or guardians of children 8 years old or younger must attend the session. Younger participants and their families should plan on spending at least two hours at the workshop.

Ages 5-13
Admission is Free

Saturday, May 18, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library — L.H. Bluford Branch
3050 Prospect, Kansas City, MO

Saturday, May 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library — North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Road, Kansas City, MO

For more information, visit http://www.westportcenterforthearts.org

Register online at http://www.westportcenterforthearts.org or by e-mail at info@westportcenterforthearts.org.

Turkey Creek Festival, May 18

Bring the whole gang to beautiful Antioch Park to enjoy a day of free family fun! Activities include a petting zoo, food and craft vendors, inflatables and more! The Summertime Arts and Craft Show, sponsored by JCPRD, invites regional artists with original work featuring such work as drawings, paintings, sculptures, fiber arts, woodcarvings, jewelry, pottery and folk art.  Presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the City of Merriam’s annual Turkey Creek Festival, the arts & craft show is just one of the highlights of this fun-filled day that attracts people from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area. Other festival events include a 5K run, pancake breakfast, children’s activities, food vendors and live music.

Schedule of Events:

7:00-11:00 AM: Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Merriam Lions Club (Shelter #1) – all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee & juice. Adults $5; Children 12 & under $3

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Petting Zoo, pony rides, kids inflatable games (Antioch Park) – Build a wooden project (sponsored by Home Depot), or take a train ride. Paddle boat rides, roving clowns, caricaturist, and much more! From noon to 5:00 PM enjoy the sounds of local artists at various locations in the park!

Antioch Park
6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, Kansas, 66202


Arts and Crafts shows are always a good opportunity to work on Artastic, as well as a number of other things from the Arts Frontier.

Weekend Fun at the Nelson, April

Consider the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for FREE activities for all ages!

In April, explore the many shapes found in sculptures in the Modern and Contemporary galleries.

    • Discover how art tells stories with looking and hands-on activities in the galleries.
    • FUN Spot – Create a paper weaving inspired by designs and colors found in the African art gallery.
    • Gallery Activity – Hunt for details in elaborately patterned African fabric.

Activities and gallery locations change every two months, so visit often!

To plan your visit, see the Family Visit page.

These outings should be good for the Artastic badge.