The Kansas City region has a legacy of artistic and entrepreneurial innovation spanning more than 125 years. Today, the KC metro has one of America’s most inventive and creative cultures. A new collaborative campaign, titled America’s Creative Crossroads, highlights the Kansas City area as an intersection of artistry and technology. It is designed to elevate the KC region in the minds of potential residents, visitors, talented professionals and businesses.
For this exhibition, The Kansas City Area Development Council partnered with Kansas City photographer Cameron Gee and digital storyteller Matt Blume to showcase some of the personalities and stories behind KC’s creativity, arts, and innovation. Through digital storytelling, social media, national publicity, and compelling imagery, America’s Creative Crossroads is making the KC metro a lifestyle and business destination. This campaign was created with many area partners including the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the Arts Council of Johnson County.
The Kansas City Area Development Council is a private, non-profit organization charged with recruiting jobs and capital investment to the two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. KCADC’s mission is to brand the KC region of 2.5 million residents as one product to stimulate economic growth and jobs. The America’s Creative Crossroads campaign is creating awareness of the metro’s assets to attract talented professionals and growing businesses from around the world. KCADC promotes the Kansas City area as the business and lifestyle location of choice.
About Cameron Gee:
With photography… every day, every thing and every person brings a new challenge. The promise of capturing the unknown and unconquered is the driving force behind Cameron Gee’s work. Born and raised in Kansas City, he has deep-rooted connections to the relationships and personalities of the city. Through the monochromatic minimalism of the photos, Cameron hopes to provoke a connection to the subject, stripping away unneeded distractions.
About Matt Blume:
Matt Blume is interested in how place defines an artist and how an artist can define a place. With a storyteller’s curiosity, Blume finds subjects that are consistently pragmatic, honest and humble, and knows that when approaching each subject with a camera, the style has to reflect the individual’s personality. Blume’s team works in an authentic way from unique viewpoints to draw a visual parallel between our city’s natural beauty and our innovation, music, invention and art.