|Kansas City's Plaza Art Fair - 1932|
During the Depression when many other companies failed, the Country Club Plaza
looked for new ways to attract customers. The Plaza Art Fair was started in 1932
as a promotion to draw shoppers to the area and to lift their spirits. Held on an empty
lot on the southwest corner of Nichols Road and Central, where Tiffany & Co. is now
(see the photo above), 90 artists displayed their paintings by leaning them against trees
and benches. Paintings were priced from $1 to ten dollars. Artists enjoyed interacting with
each other and having conversations with those in the crowd about their work. All agreed
it was a successful first-time event and should continue. And continue it has. This year
(2011), more than 250,000 people attended Kansas City's Plaza Art Fair.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Thursday, September 28, 1933
Walked to school with Pauline and Ruth K and Nadine. Wore my oxfords. I got a blister on my heel. Walked home with Ruth R.