Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music
Nov 30 2016

Global Block Party celebrates 35 years

We’re so honored that more than 1,000 people celebrated 35 years of service with us on Saturday, Nov. 19 at our Global Block Party. Located at our headquarters in Kansas City, the party was packed with sponsors, neighbors, employees and founding families. The day was a meaningful symbol of the growing Unbound community in Kansas City and around the globe.

Over the course of the crisp, fall afternoon, guests learned about Unbound’s unique model through a staff-created exhibit about our work, listened to speakers and performers, and visited with staff and family members of our founders. From a KC drill team to African traditional dancers, performances were running throughout the event, reflecting the colorful cultures of Unbound from Kansas City to around the globe. Check out some photos from our big day.

The day was opened by local performers Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra, who performed traditional Andean music of Bolivia.

The day was opened by local performers Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra, who performed traditional Andean music of Bolivia.

Outside in the last minutes of sunshine, Danza Guadalupana de KC performed a rhythmic, traditional dance inspired by their Mexican heritage.

Outside in the last minutes of sunshine, Danza Guadalupana de KC performed a rhythmic, traditional dance inspired by their Mexican heritage.

Our Community Room was standing room only for most of the day, as guests gathered to hear featured speakers such as Mayor Mark Holland  of Kansas City, Kansas, Unbound preacher Father  Peter Hereley, sponsors and family members of our founders.

Our Community Room was standing room only for most of the day, as guests gathered to hear featured speakers such as Mayor Mark Holland of Kansas City, Kansas, Unbound preacher Father Peter Hereley, sponsors and family members of our founders.


In the unfinished warehouse space of our humble headquarters, Unbound staff created an exhibit to take guests on a journey through the life of Unbound — its history, people and programs.

In the unfinished warehouse space of our humble headquarters, Unbound staff created an exhibit to take guests on a journey through the life of Unbound — its history, people and programs.

Dancers from the Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music, based in Overland Park, Kansas , performed traditional dance in the Community Room.

Dancers from the Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music, based in Overland Park, Kansas , performed traditional dance in the Community Room.

The parking lot became a lively venue when the Gateway Highsteppers Drill Team of Kansas City, Kansas, marched in with drums and cheers. The group of more than 50 performers represented the city that Unbound calls home.

The parking lot became a lively venue when the Gateway Highsteppers Drill Team of Kansas City, Kansas, marched in with drums and cheers. The group of more than 50 performers represented the city that Unbound calls home.

Dancers and drummers from Traditional Music Society's Soundz of Africa, performed  dance and acrobatics inspired by West African culture.

Dancers and drummers from Traditional Music Society’s Soundz of Africa, performed dance and acrobatics inspired by West African culture.

Attendees celebrated by taking photos with a giant Instagram-themed frame and shared the photos on social media. Check out Instagram posts from the day.

Making Movies performed a custom set, "Songs from Colombia," for the event. As the finale act, the group played to a full house that stayed late to dance and enjoy the music.

Making Movies performed a custom set, “Songs from Colombia,” for the event. As the finale act, the group played to a full house that stayed late to dance and enjoy the music.

We would like to thank all the performers, volunteers and local businesses who donated talent, time and goods to make the Global Block Party a community-wide success!

Watch the headlining act, Making Movies, perform “Songs from Colombia.” Read about the event in the Kansas City Star .

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