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Forum Attracts Bright-Eyed Dreamers with Big Ideas

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Bright-eyed dreamers with big ideas and a desire to learn piled into the Kansas City Star Press Pavilion Friday, April 11 for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum. Art, culture and technology were on the docket in the form of presentations and performance. Everyone came hungry for inspiration, and they got it in droves.

mobank Dream Wall

The mobank #whatifkc wall.

The panel discussions covered a variety of topics and interests, including how to break the mobile mold, local artisanal food, arts and more. Other Forum events included presentations from Artist INC and The StartupBus and a book signing from author Austin Kleon.

Amid exchanges of handshakes, business cards and inspiration was an invitation from mobank to dream as a community. The 24-foot-long experiential blank wall asked forum-goers a provocative question: “What if _______?” Stationed in the lobby and supplied with plenty of Sharpies, the wall encouraged attendees to write down their dreams for Kansas City, big or small. Those who weren’t able to attend could tweet their ‘what if’ dream with #whatifkc and get it added to the wall.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

Mayor Sly James next to his
dream for KC.

Dreamers all around contributed. Mayor Sly James, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, chef Michael Smith and Shatto Milk Co. owner Leroy Shatto were just a few to grace the wall with their dreams.

Throughout the Forum, mobank artist Charlie Mylie created inspiring illustration gifts for attendees based on their requests. Some of the favorite illustrations included Bruce Lee/Malcolm X/Muhammad Ali, Harry Potter in a KC streetcar, a T. rex eating an ice cream cone in a KC hat, and a dog park that was also a bar.

Charlie Mylie

mobank Artist Charlie Mylie

Our very own George Satterlee wrapped up the day by reading a few dreams from the wall, challenging attendees to keep Kansas City moving forward by continuing to initiate conversations to help KC dreams
come true.

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