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Rural Revival Field Trip

KC Design Week's 1st field trip!

A designer’s deep dive into a case study community bringing new value to rural life through art and design.

Enjoy an evening outside of the city to the vibrant town of Adrian! The trip will begin with a walking tour of Main Street and lively discussion on how urban planning back in 2007 led to a rural revival of the town. Next will be a stop at The Wine Journal, a wine bar that is an adaptive reuse of the local newspaper building, to experience the value of a well-designed restaurant as a gathering place. A sweet or dry wine flight and charcuterie are included with the visit to The Wine Journal, with the additional option of dinner.

By valuing and understanding the design principles that contributed to the revival and adaptive reuse in Adrian, designers in Kansas City can draw rural  inspiration for fostering positive change in their own urban context. This event allows designers to see first hand how connecting the lessons from rural revival to urban design helps build up communities and fosters positive growth.

Space is strictly limited to 14 people. Grab a friend or a carload and join us for this fun outing!

04.26.24 | 4:30-9:00pm
  • 4:30pm | Leave Kansas City
  • 5:30pm | Tour Main Street & Mural
  • 6:15pm | Wine Tasting & Charcuterie
  • Wine Tasting & Charcuterie Provided
$30 + fees in advance | no tickets at door
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Rebecca Keating

Rebecca Keating, local artist and freelance designer, calls Adrian, MO home. Alongside her role as a CMF Designer at Garmin in Olathe, KS, she holds a Master's degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University. Keating's collaborative efforts with Daniel Horner, the owner of The Wine Journal, and funding from the community at large, resulted in an expansive placemaking mural. Featured on prominent downtown Main Street, their piece of public art celebrates Adrian’s history and intends to bring an even more vibrant future to this community. With a passion for fostering strong community bonds in both rural and urban settings, Rebecca Keating is an advocate for intentional design as a tool for growing value in communities.