“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol
One year ago, we opened our coworking doors in the Crossroads Art District. And in this past year, we have seen the Crossroads art and business communities grow into one powerful and energetic force. The truth of the matter is, an art and business blend could be the best combination that a community can experience. Take the Andy Warhol quote mentioned above: making money is art, working is art and doing good business is the best kind of art—therefore we are all artists, specializing in different artistic media.
We first noticed that we were located in an epicenter of business and art when we opened for our very first First Fridays event a little less than a year ago. As a neighbor to the recently-closed Arts Incubator, we saw the passion that Kansas City residents had for art and for business. With eclectic street artist, art enthusiast and local business owner involvement, we couldn’t help but be inspired to create our own First Friday event,Entrepreneur Corner, that attracts hundreds of visitors every month.
On September 16th, 2011, we saw the grand opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. For months and months, we watched the new performing arts center, a true architectural gem, rise up when we would step out on the bizperc rooftop garden. This was one of the first testaments of art and business mixing together and we were prepared to see even more in the coming weeks.
And finally, the building that I work in (bizperc at 1800 Baltimore) is currently experiencing an artistic take-over. Kim Weinberger is currently opening her new art gallery on the first floor of 1800 Baltimore. Kim wanted to make a greater influence in the local art community and found that the answer was to relocate her thriving business to a larger and more accessible space in the Crossroads Arts District. What better place than 1800 Baltimore? The Weinberger Art Gallery is to open later this month.
With this healthy blend of art and business, we cannot help but believe that we are located in the right place at the right time. Kansas City (and more specifically, the Crossroads District) is experiencing a strong urban core movement, a vibrant art scene and a flourishing business atmosphere. What more could we ask for from a KC location? We are experiencing an evolution of business—which after all, is the most fascinating kind of art.
Written by Allison Way