Troost Market Collective is a non-profit organization driven to create equitable economic opportunity for creative entrepreneurs, inspiring future generations through innovative partnerships and programming. At this event, co-founder and board member Katie Mabry van Dieren, will provide a brief introduction of the organization and its focuses, including Troost Avenue’s history, current efforts and campaigns, and future planning in conjunction with members from the community.
We will then examine one of the group’s campaigns, the 31 Linwood & Troost Mural Project, created alongside the community to amplify those voices within it. Integral to the process, artists and community members shared what the past and future of Troost looks like to them while those buildings Troost Market Collective will inhabit are in transition. These murals give voice to action and community strength by highlighting the beauty and inspiration in the surrounding neighborhood and buildings.
As we stroll along Troost Avenue for a live viewing and artist talk, attendees will learn all about the group’s inspiration, as well as its love for the community. After you’ve watched, listened, and learned, we highly suggest grabbing lunch at nearby Ruby Jean’s. This establishment along Troost is an outstanding example of community stewardship.
Katie Mabry van Dieren is the owner and curator of one of the world's top indie craft fairs, The Strawberry Swing, as well as co-founder and Director of Arts & Programming for the Troost Market Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create equitable economic opportunity for creative entrepreneurs, inspiring future generations through innovative partnerships and programming. A champion of the community and the maker movement, she is also the curator of an 18-artist community mural project on Troost Avenue. She is a contributing writer to The Kansas City Star's Maker City KC, which highlights the city’s many makers and entrepreneurs, creating an audience for maker spaces and the spirit of innovation in our city. Mabry van Dieren is also the lead for the Makers & Creators track of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration of the makers, innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. She is the owner and co-founder of Craft Show Success, which teaches creative businesses how to be successful at art shows.