Forum to Launch at Middle of the Map
The Kansas City Star
For the second year, Ink’s Middle of the Map festival is offering more than music. Tonight the Forum begins. Sort of. There’s a party, anyway. The intellectual stuff is Thursday and Friday, April 18-19
Held in the Crossroads, at the Officeport+Stageport complex at 208 West 19th Street, the Forum features two days of wide-ranging, forward-thinking conversations led by more than 50 of the area’s top professionals in business, government, education, and the arts.
Also, they have parties.
Like tonight at 7:00 pm, for instance. The Forum hosts a free kickoff soiree featuring the music of Max Justus and Wrong Kata Trio, with visuals by some of the city’s best artists.
The intellectual stuff starts Thursday morning at 9:00 am, with a conversation led by Boulevard Brewing Company president John McDonald and Adam Jones, co-founders of Ripple Glass. Afternoon highlights include a panel on business innovation. Another, on health and wellness, will be followed by a cocktail party, irony aside, to finish day one.
Friday the conversation gets artsy. Presenters include Julia Cole, Coordinator of the Rocket Grants program at the Charlotte Street Foundation, and Harlan Brownlee of ArtsKC. Friday the Forum will bring out the big guns, too, with guests including Mayor Sly James and Robb Heineman of Sporting KC.
Finally, after an excruciating delay of nearly 24 whole hours without a party, the Forum’s second day closes, as all days should, with a rooftop after-party at 4:30pm.
Tickets for all this thoughtful fun are $50, and the website says space is limited. But they probably mean the tickets. Space itself, after all, is infinite.