The Big Read in KC Hosts Fence Whitewashing Community Rally

For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
The Big Read in KC Hosts Fence Whitewashing Community Rally

The Kansas City Public Library hosts a community rally that invites families to enjoy a short dramatic reading based on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and then whitewash a picket fence on Friday, September 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Garden located at 51st and Main.

Perhaps the most memorable scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is "The Glorious Whitewasher" from Chapter Two, in which Tom convinces his friends that it is great fun to paint a fence. Tom makes a solid argument: "Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"

Kansas City families will get just such a chance at the CommunityGarden owned by DST Systems and located at 51st and Main, where the Library will erect a temporary fence for community members to whitewash. Painting supplies will be provided.

Before the whitewashing, the Coterie Theatre presents a dramatic reading of Chapter Two from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that will literally bring children from the audience into the story.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.


This event is presented in partnership with Kansas City Ballet, DST Systems, the Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, ParkUniversity, and Kansas CityCommunityGardens.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read in Kansas City, visit

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