First Friday in the Crossroads with Straub Construction

Straub Construction: First FridaysStraub joined Kansas City’s monthly First Friday celebration on July 7th by hosting an art show complete with drinks, new Straub swag, and delicious La Bodega food. The event was located in the first-floor event space at the Creamery, our crossroads office building.

Guests could sign their Twitter or Instagram handle on the floor to ceiling white board at the entrance, grab a Kansas City craft beer, and peruse art by local artist John Knell. Three of Knell’s framed pieces were even given out to attendees after the event!

John Knell started his artistic career at an early age and pursued it through college where he studied graphic design. He has since worked as a freelance designer until recently forming Knell StudioWorks – his own studio specializing in photography and collage art. Though raised in Carthage, MO, John has since made Kansas City his home and has prominently featured KC in many of his works. We were honored to have him as part of our event.

Overall the event was a hit for all in attendance, and we hope to see you at the next one!

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Origins of First Friday

First Fridays became a popular term in the 1980’s when they became a monthly networking event targeting young professionals. However, art districts throughout the states began to use the event as a way to increase traffic and generate business. Although First Fridays has been a Kansas City tradition since 1995, artists and galleries began flocking to the crossroads as early as 1980.

Arts organizations, galleries, studios, and local businesses feature regional and national artists as well as live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. The First Friday tradition continues to grow every month with up to 10,000 attendees. Most make it an evening experience with visits to local businesses showcasing art followed by drinks, dinner and other entertainment in the Crossroads District.

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