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Seg. 1: Are People Going To Kansas City's Open Spaces? Seg. 2: Using Radical Activism To Reform.

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Luke X. Martin
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Consuelo Cruz, who helped plan and execute Open Spaces for the city of Kansas City, says offering events over the course of two months allows attendees to see venues or performances they likely wouldn't catch during a more traditional three-day festival.

Segment 1: Will Kansas City's new months-long arts festival draw a crowd and make a buck?

An ongoing, grand-scale arts festival could prove to be just what Kansas City needs to redeem itself from the highly-publicized bungling of the 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival, but officials are reluctant to connect the two efforts. Today we learned why that is, and explored the risks and rewards Open Spaces could create for the city.

Open Spaces events are taking place throughout Kansas City until Sunday, October 28. For more information and a complete list of events, visit OpenSpacesKC.com.

Segment 2, beginning at 19:57: A guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class and gender.

The days of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Angela Davis have passed us by, and many believe the path forward for the new wave of activists in this country involves collective leadership that's not contingent on a single charismatic person. For an idea of what that looks like, we spoke with an experienced, and self-confessed radical, community organizer.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.