KC Artist to float Missouri River in a Cardboard Boat

KC Artist to float Missouri River in a Cardboard Boat

  • Jun
  • 10

  • 12:00 PM
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An adventurous opportunity for the community to experience their river

A cardboard replica of Lewis and Clark’s keel boat will be floating down the river next Saturday, June 10th. At the helm will be Steve Snell, a self-declared adventure-artist and Assistant Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. A dream two years in the making, Daunting Courage is name of the boat, which is modeled after the one used by Lewis and Clark in 1804. It just so happens to be made out of cardboard.  Now, it is time to put it to the test, and allow the boat to meet its destiny on the Big Muddy.

The Kansas City community is invited to witness this feat of cardboard courage from Kaw Point, the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. The boat will land there at high noon from an undisclosed location upriver. There will be plenty of snacks and free sandwiches at Kaw Point Park for the first fifty people that want them. There will also be free boat ride tours of the Kansas City waterfront until 2 PM courtesy of Healthy Rivers Partnership.

The program, titled Daunting Courage: Call to Adventure with Snacks on the River, is presented in conjunction with the Tributary exhibition on view at Charlotte Street Foundation’s la Esquina Gallery through June 10 (https://charlottestreet.org/event/eventtributaryexhibition/).

Learn more about this project visit www.steveIsnell.com. All local paddlers, river enthusiasts, and the genuinely curious of all ages are welcome to join.  Consider this your call to adventure. Come on down to Kaw Point to appreciate and experience your local rivers.

A video about this adventure can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/218501095


Tributary: an exploration of the Missouri River, Real and Metaphorical
la Esquina, 1000 W 25th Street KC MO 64108  |   On view through June 10, 2017

In June 2016, artists and scientists convened near the confluence of the Missouri and the Kansas Rivers to swap river stories. From those discussions, the idea of bringing together contemporary art, current scientific research, interactive natural resource workshops, and big river adventures was born. Built around the theme of the Missouri River and its tributaries, real and metaphorical, Tributary creates an experimental resource evaluation that mingles observation, experience, and intuition to improve understanding of one of our nation’s greatest natural resources. Tributary exhibiting artists and scientists include: Tim Amundson, Lynn Benson, Carrie Elliot, Dave Heimann, Caitlin Horsmon, Heather Krempa, Karen McCoy, Melissa McGrath, Anson the Ornery, Libby Reuters, Joshua Rowan, Steve Snell and the Prairie Rivers Network. Chief Hydrologist for Tributary is M.O.I.–The Minister of Information.

ABOUT CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION: Charlotte Street identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. Charlotte Street cultivates the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community. Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $1.1 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit www.charlottestreet.org.

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