Co-Founder | Director of Development & Operations
Crissy in the Principal of DASTRUP CREATIVE GROUP, LLC. DCG is a Kansas City creative consulting firm, focused on catalytic place making, and urban redevelopment & revitalization since 2013.
I’ve been advocating for our community since making a home in KC over 10 years ago. I’m a creative thinker and local activist who can’t pass up opportunities to keep our city moving forward. We can strengthen our entrepreneurial arts community by bringing them together, thereby lowering costs, enriching the work environment, and focusing demand. I’m committed to bringing this prosperity to Troost and its community.
Katie Mabry Van Dieren
Co-Founder | Director of Arts & Programming
Katie is the Owner and Curator of STRAWBERRY SWING INDIE CRAFT FAIR, LLC. Founded in 2011, The Strawberry Swing is a nationally renowned indie craft fair celebrating the Midwest’s handmade movement.
I am a champion for community and the maker movement. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon and nurturing diverse, local business ensures a strong community. If we can support creative entrepreneurs and small businesses equitably, we can grow and foster commonality. I am excited for the opportunities of collaboration and mentorship in the future!
Our mission is to create equitable economic opportunity for creative entrepreneurs, inspiring future generations through innovative partnerships and programming.
We envision a diverse community hub of creativity and expression, where people from all backgrounds are empowered to expand local economies while building a stronger neighborhood and community.
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