Promoting art

Lee's Summit JournalApril 23, 2014 

While some art-related initiatives still linger in the air, we can hang our hat on another artistic venture that continues to be a shining light for downtown Lee’s Summit – Fourth Fridays.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has led the way on many initiatives for several years.

Fourth Fridays are just another example of how this organization, its leadership and many volunteers can come together and accomplish something memorable in the name of community and art.

Art in downtown has always been a priority and something that has taken many different turns over the years.

I remember Thursday night art walks downtown many years back.

And live music has always been a staple through Music in the Park and bands performing inside the various restaurants and pubs.

Combining art in all its forms – visual, performance and other aspects – along with encouraging retail and driving traffic downtown wasn’t an easy task.

But it sure seems like the stars have aligned now.

On April 25, Ben Martin, president of Summit Theatre Group, will again present Cellular Cenes, a walking, interactive play that winds through downtown Lee’s Summit and incorporates the use of your cell phone to follow the storyline.

To say this is a unique event doesn’t even do it justice. What Martin has put together is just downright cool.

Couple that with art exhibits, “drink and draw” opportunities, featured artists and music, and you truly start to see the emphasis that community and art have on our central business district.

The art and culture walk starts at 5 p.m. for Fourth Friday. Celluar Cenes will feature two shows, at 6 and 8 p.m. For more information on tickets, call DLSMS at 816-246-6598.

And be sure to check out the Fourth Friday Facebook page for information on individual businesses and what art, artists and music they will showcase that evening.

Dozens of downtown businesses are participating and some are staying open late for the event.

Fourth Fridays truly are a way to connect with your downtown.

Take a few hours, do some shopping, check out some art, music and theater – you will be glad you did.


John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail

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