Kansas City

Location Quick List

for the KC 2018-19 Curiosity Passport

This list is here to help you plan your Curiosity Passport adventures!

It is here, away from the rest of the clues, because some adventurers like to figure out the general "where" as well as the specific "where" of each letterbox. Others, like yourself, enjoy the thrill of planning out a good adventure to make the most of their time & energy. No matter what your style of adventure, I hope you enjoy every minute of the Curiosity Passport!

Quick Tip: by following the Atlas Quest link on each clue, you will be able to obtain the specific address of that clue.

NOTE: Before you set out you must read and agree to the Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer. [from Atlas Quest]

  1. Art Alley: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Crossroads

    • Enter the alley on 18th Street, between Locust & Cherry, KC, MO

  2. Champion Tree: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Old Northeast KC, MO

    • Kessler Park, between Lookout Point & the Old Reservoir 

  3. Children: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • North Kansas City, MO

  4. Curiosity Passport: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • North Kansas City, MO

  5. Dam That's Art!: clue link, AtlasQuest link, Vimeo link

    • Lake Lenexa

    • Lenexa, KS

  6. First Fountain: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Wyandotte County Park 

    • Bonner Springs, KS

  7. Goddess of Broken Birds: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • UMKC area

    • Brookside & 52nd, KC, MO

  8. Grass Green: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown KCMO

    • 2nd & Walnut, KC, MO

  9. Heroes: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link, related box

    • Penn Valley Park

    • 31st & Broadway, KC, MO

  10. I Like Big Books: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown KCMO

    • 10th & Wyandotte, KC, MO

  11. Neptune: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • DECOMMISIONED

  12. Northland: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • North Oak Trafficway & I-29

  13. Paper Birch Landing / New Element: clue linkAtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Midtown/Westport

    • Broadway, KC, MO

  14. Peace: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Independence, MO

  15. Pratt Women: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • North Kansas City, MO

  16. Rosedale Arch: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Rosedale

    • Rainbow Blvd, KC, KS

  17. Solar System: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown KCMO

  18. Steamboat: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Parkville, MO

  19. Story Center: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Liberty, MO area

  20. Swope: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Swope Park, KC, MO

  21. Train Above: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown KCMO

    • 13th & Main, KC, MO

  22. Upcycled Blooms: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown Blue Springs, MO

  23. Upcycled Rain: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • Downtown Blue Springs, MO

  24. Volker: clue link, AtlasQuest link, YouTube link

    • UMKC area

    • Volker & Oak, KC, MO

  25. Buttonwood: COMING SOON! ​​

    • Liberty Memorial area

  26. Needle & Thread: COMING SOON!

    • Downtown KCMO

Below, check out some of the work that goes into creating the Curiosity Passport. 

Thank you for joining in the fun of the Curiosity Passport!

Interested in bringing The Curiosity Passport to your community? Just email artist Alexis Webb Bechtold, of X37Adventures, at X37Adventures@gmail.com for more information. 

 

The Curiosity Passport is more than just an art installation to be viewed in one location, more than just a scavenger hunt. It is interactive, exciting, exploratory, inspiring, open to all ages, and simply filled with fun! It fuses art with adventure. It encourages participants to join in a scavenger hunt for letterboxes hidden around the metro.

Audiences may start at the wall of eco-art mini-mosaics to find the catalyst of the project. Each mini-mosaic is created by the hands of eco-artist, Alexis Webb Bechtold, from upcycled used plastic gift cards (see the making of one of these unique creations in the video above), and references an awesome location in the area.

While enjoying the mini-mosaics, they may also view two short videos, produced by videographer, Brandon Smith, displayed on tablets that are integrated into the esthetics of the wall display. One video will showcase the behind-the-scenes of creating the entire Curiosity Passport: making the mini-mosaics, letterboxes, and planting (aka hiding) the letterboxes out in the world. The other video will serve as an introduction tutorial to letterboxing.

 

Letterboxing is like geocaching, but with an art twist. Each letterbox has a clue (usually found online), that leads to a small box in real life. Inside the box is a hand carved rubber stamp, and a logbook. The finders of the letterbox are encouraged to record their find in the box’s logbook by stamping their own signature stamp (usually also hand carved) or a thumbprint, then use the box’s stamp in their personal logbook of finds. The Curiosity Passport letterboxes’ stamps will look similar to the image on the mini-mosaic that led to this box. The clues for the boxes will be in the form of photo clues or video clues. This will lower the barrier to entry for participants. The clues will be accessible through the robust letterboxing community website, www.atlasquest.com

 

If participants do not already have a letterboxing logbook, they may purchase one designed exclusively for the Curiosity Passport, preferably at the location of the mini-mosaic wall. The logbooks would be available for $5, printed by www.Scoutbooks.com or a local eco-friendly printer.

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