A total of 10 muralists from around the country will be arriving to paint portions of the buildings south wall starting Sept. 12. The project is expected to conclude Sept. 26, the weekend of the Plaza Art Fair.
Phase 1 of the mural project launched in the Fall of 2020 after the building was heavily vandalized during the George Floyd protests on the Country Club Plaza. Following the events, the building started receiving multiple complaints from both area residents and neighboring businesses. Block & Company leases, manages and represents the ownership group involved with the Plaza Parkway Building and immediate action was taken to address the building’s code violations.
David M. Block, president of Block & Company, Inc., Realtors contacted the mayor’s office to discuss a resolution for the property. Block proposed the idea of multiple murals with imagery that would represent family and cultural unity.
Mayor Quinton Lucas approved the proposal and connected David Block with Vince Sanders, Founder of CBD American Shaman and SprayKC. Aside from his success in the CBD industry, Sanders is well-known for his philanthropic work in the arts community and his role as the founder of SprayKC. SprayKC is a Kansas City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that organizes, creates, and showcases public art throughout the metropolitan area.
With both David and Vince sharing the same passion for philanthropy and the arts in Kansas City, it was the perfect collaboration and the two began discussing how they could transform the vandalized Plaza Parkway Building into a symbol that promotes community, culture, and the importance of family.
After completing phase 1, David and Vince agreed to a second phase that would cover the entire South wall of the building. SprayKC has since secured an incredibly talented lineup of artists who will start arriving September 12th to start on their designated portions of the wall.