Partners

a collaboration

 
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Crissy Dastrup
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.

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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! 

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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.  


 

Board of Directors

 
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PaKou Her
President

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Gabriel Reed
Director

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Kemet Coleman
Vice President

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Merritt Muñoz
Director

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Bob Brettell
Treasurer

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Avrell Stokes
Director

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Elisabeth Ingraham
Secretary

 

Advisors

Daniel Serda
Urban Development

Rick Usher
City Planning

Alison Patterson
Fundraising

Pat Jordan
Advisory Committee

Quinton Lucas
Community Outreach

Mike Zeller
Strategic Planning

Diana Keating
Retail

Claire Brand
Operations

Amy Slattery
Architect

Audrey Clemons
Real Estate

Donald Maxwell
Legal

Natasha Bailey
Culinaire

 

OPERATIONS

Troost Market Collective (Troost Mar-Co.) is a joint venture, founded and operated by Crissy Dastrup, owner of Dastrup Creative Group, LLC (DCG) and Katie Mabry van Dieren, owner of Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair (SSICF). Troost Mar-Co operates as a 501(c)(3), and acts as the design-build master (anchor) tenant of a group of real estate assets along the 3100 block of Troost between Linwood and 31st Street.

Memberships sustain overhead. Additional funding is raised with revenues allocated to four major categories:

  1. Shared collective equipment and resources;
  2. Subsidized collective memberships (priority will be given to qualified tenants living east of Troost);
  3. Key operations/staffing;
  4. Programming & community outreach that create opportunities for current and future residents living east of Troost.

Troost Mar-Co. also has underwriting opportunities for services and materials.