Art in the Loop 2017 closing reception and pop-up exhibition this Wednesday

Photo by Ruben Gusman

Art in the Loop marks the conclusion of the 2017 season and Project: “Cue!” with the  2017 Art in the Loop Closing Reception & Pop-Up Exhibit.  Objects and ephemera from the 2017 projects will be displayed, turning the Helzberg Auditorium at KC Public Library into a gallery for the evening.  Participants will enjoy an intimate look at selected art objects and video installations.  The reception will screen feature videos by filmmaker Cody Hunt, as well as several performance-based works.  In addition, artists will speak about their Art in the Loop projects.    The reception and pop-up exhibition will take place this Wednesday, November 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 West 10th Street.

Learn more or RSVP at https://artintheloop2017.eventbrite.com

 

About Art in the Loop

This event is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation.

We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City MarketKansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project and artists, visit  artintheloop.comfacebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Art in the Loop to close 2017 season with reception and pop-up exhibit

Celebrate the end of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  “Cue!” outdoor public art exhibition and performance series with the  2017 Art in the Loop Closing Reception & Pop-Up Exhibit.  Artists and performers will speak about their projects, highlighting the impact of the project on their art practices.  The reception will screen videos by filmmaker Cody Hunt, as well as a selection of videos from performance-based works.  Objects and ephemera from the 2017 projects will be displayed, turning the Helzberg Auditorium into a gallery for the evening.  The reception and pop-up exhibition will take place on Wednesday, November 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 West 10th Street.

Learn more or RSVP at https://artintheloop2017.eventbrite.com

 

About Art in the Loop

This event is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation.

We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City MarketKansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project and artists, visit  artintheloop.comfacebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Filmmaker Captures Dynamic Record of 2017 Art in the Loop Project

Photos by Cody Hunt.

The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to wrap up the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: “Cue!” by sharing videos created by local artist and film-maker Cody Hunt over the course of the summer, highlighting several 2017 Art in the Loop artists:  Barry Anderson, Chris Dahlquist, JT DanielsMonica Dixon, Daniel Morel, Beth Nybeck, and Jeramy Zimmerman.  In addition, Hunt assisted with photo documentation for performance artist Beth Byrd-Lonski.  Hunt also photographed the first Downtown KC Art Crawl, which featured 2017 Art in the Loop installations. Check out the videos at http://www.artintheloop.com/videos/

We appreciate the participation of the artists, musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, and performance artists that participated in these video productions. These videos, as well as presentations from the artists, will be part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Closing Reception & Pop-Up Exhibit on Wednesday, November 1, 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 West 10th Street.  Learn more or RSVP at https://artintheloop2017.eventbrite.com


The 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard Street, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction, Port KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works Department, KC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Folk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Downtown KC Art Crawl Highlights Art in the Loop

The Art in the Loop Foundation held its first Downtown KC Art Crawl on Wednesday, September 13th. The tour was conceived as an opportunity to more deeply learn about the Art in the Park and Art on the Line artwork that is included the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: “Cue!” 
The crawl began at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, which co-sponsored the event.  At that time, the KCAC was showing the River Market Regional Exhibition: Trust, Truth, Transcend (July 14 – September 22)The crowd next headed to the River Market West streetcar stop, to hop on-board KC Streetcar. Participants enjoyed stops at most of the 2017 Art in the Loop installations, where some of the artists shared insights and project experiences personally.
The tour ended with a tour of the four 2017 Art in the Park installations and was followed by a reception in City Market Park.  The event was a resounding success!

About Art in the Loop

This event is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation.

We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City MarketKansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project and artists, visit  artintheloop.comfacebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Artists utilize KC Public Library special collection for 2017 Art in the Loop installations

Three of the artist installations included in the 2017 Art in the Loop Cue! project made use of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library..  Each artist discussed their research and what they learned from different aspects of the collection in an interview with Laura McCallistser, Digital Content Specialist with KC Public Library.  The full interview and blog post can be found here:  http://www.kclibrary.org/blog/library-life

Collaborators Lauren Thompson and Jeff Evrard used the MVSC search engine, KCHistory.org, to find images and information about cultural icons from Kansas City history.  This information was used in the creation of  Then & Now: Faces of KC.  The optical installation near the River Market North  KC Streetcar stop includes photos of past KC arts and culture icons, as well as new photos by Evrard of current community leaders in similar corresponding roles.  As viewers pass along a section of fencing at the ideal angle, image sections placed on the fence pickets align, such that images of present-day leaders suddenly pop into clear focus.  As they pass, viewers can than look back at that same angle to see the corresponding figures from the past.

 

Local photographer Chris Dahlquist used both the MVSC’s  Sanborn Maps and  Hargrave Photograph Collection during her research for The History Vendor.  Dahlquist installed three iconic vending machines in City Market Park, at 3rd and Main St., just west of City Market .  The machines dispensed- free of charge- three cards, each featuring a different historic photograph of buildings in the area, along with a map.  Patrons were encouraged to position themselves using the map, so that they could compare the image in the photograph to the present-day appearance of the site.  The cards also included interesting facts about the buildings, people, and cultural activities captured in the photographs.

 

 

Illustration by Sonya Andrews

Finally, artist Sarah Star used the MSVC to find images and articles pertaining to the buildings and surroundings along her 4-mile running trail  Run the Town: A Civic Trail  .  The civic trail is marked by signs containing illustrations by fellow artist Sonya Andrews.  The illustrations were inspired by historic photographs found in the MVSC, then executed as a playful visual mix of past and present.   The trail head at The River Market West KC Streetcar stop, on Delaware between 3rd and 5th streets, also contains historical images from the MVSC.

 

 

 

 

Run the Town: A Civic Trail will be available to the public through October 6th.  Viewers have until October 22nd to enjoy Then & Now:  Faces of KC.

These art installatins are part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The projects are made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard Street, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction, Port KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works Department, KC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Folk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop.

Artist Sarah Star Presents: Run the Town Group Run, Fri, 9/29

Join us at 6:30 am on Friday, Sept 29th for a group run, part of artist Sarah Star’s 2017 Art in the Loop installation, Run the Town: A Civic Trail.

Illustration by Sonya Andrews

 

Get on your running (or walking) shoes!  Sarah Star has organized one last group run. Experience Run the Town:  A Civic Trail with your fellow Kansas Citians, starting from the trailhead at The River Market West KC Streetcar stop, on Delaware between 3rd and 5th streets.  You will be guided by turn-by-turn signs along the route featuring colorful illustrations that playfully blend the rich history of our city with its exciting present. You will be cued to explore the public art and architecture in the area as well.

 

This group run is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard Street, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction, Port KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works Department, KC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Folk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Art at the Library: “Places!”

Annette Hope Billings will present “Places!”, a spoken word performance, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13th.  The performance will take place in Kirk Hall, located within the KC Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO.

Places! will use poetry and prose presented in theatrical style to illustrate listening for, responding to, and acting on the cues for change present in our lives and communities. The performance will include original poetry and prose written about themes of anxiety, resistance, and hope in the world around us.  Each piece will demonstrate 1) upheaval as an opportunity to cue the best in ourselves and 2) uncertainty as a cue to hold fast to what is known for certain. Some of the pieces will be interactive to promote audience engagement. The goal is to demonstrate how we may begin to/continue to ready ourselves for the times life calls, “Places!”.

 

This performance is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.comwww.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Trio Jambaroque to Perform in Kirk Hall at the Central Library

Trio Jambaroque, led by musician Gerald Trimble, offer a one-of-a-kind musical experience, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6th.  The performance will take place in Kirk Hall, located within the KC Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO.

 

Gerald Trimble, viola da gamba innovator and Kansas City native, is the primary exponent of a new style of playing an ancient instrument. His visionary and virtuosic playing combines Celtic, Eastern and Early Music influences with modern techniques and improvisational skills that span several centuries – from the Baroque era to Jazz – seamlessly uniting the entire continuum.

 

 

This performance is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.comwww.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

J. T. Daniels Enlivens KC Streetcar Stop with “Wait Here”

Wait Here by JT Daniels

Keep an eye on emerging Kansas City artist, J.T. Daniels. His signature style, a combination of graffiti and illustration, brings a welcomed energy and authenticity to Art in the Loop’s temporary public art program this summer.

J.T. Daniel’s new public art installation is located in the Power and Light District on the southbound street car stop. The artist hopes his art, which fills the back wall of the shelter, will attract the attention of street car riders, and perhaps spark friendly conversations between strangers.

In his work titled “Wait Here,” a playful mashup of faces, cartoony characters and gestural imagery flows together like a layered graffiti street mural. In a written interview, Daniels describes his artistic approach as “an amalgamation of automatic drawing, surrealism, street art and good hip hop.”

“I spend a lot of time finding the right music, which creates the right vibe… I’ll loosely draw lines on the page that embody the flow or feeling of whatever song I may be listening to and then I begin to pull out characters, stories, emotions or a specific word as the theme,” Daniels stated.

But despite the artist’s reliance on a spontaneous process led by his subconscious, Daniels’ all-over composition is carefully and cleanly crafted. To create his installation, Daniel started by creating a 4’ x 4’ black and white acrylic painting on canvas.  Then the artist took a photo of the painting and manipulated it in Illustrator to create a vector file, which was printed on adhesive vinyl for the large outdoor installation.

The caricature faces and cartoony characters in his artwork represent real people that the artist met or shared space with while riding the streetcar. J.T. Daniels’ work finds success when his lyrical painting guides the viewer’s eye on a ride through his playful painting– an experience that easily connects to people-watching on a busy streetcar in downtown KC.

Click here to watch and listen as Daniels describes his process.

J.T. Daniels is a Kansas City, KS native who earned a BA from Park University in 2012. From 2013 – 2016 he worked as a youth development coordinator at Mattie Rhodes Center and is now an artist assistant at Johnson County Developmental Supports. He enjoys mentoring kids on creative self-expression and community engagement projects like a recent high school mural project.  In 2012 Daniels earned a Young Creative award from the Kauffman Foundation’s Urban Entrepreneur Partnership program.  www.jtdanielsart.com

Robin Trafton

Robin Trafton works as the fine art curator of Commerce Bank and director of The Box Gallery, a community exhibition space at 1000 Walnut. Previously she was director of Art in the Loop Foundation and a freelance critic for the Kansas City Star.

About the 2017 Art in the Loop Project

The 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard Street, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction, Port KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works Department, KC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Folk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and a performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop.

Art at the Library: A Performance of Indian Dance

Local artist Hema Sharma will present a performance of traditional Indian dance at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30th. The performance takes place in Kirk Hall, located within the KC Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO.

Artists Hema Sharma, Anjali Tata-Hudson, and Jayashree George will present two pieces of dance in response to the theme “Cue!” at the KC Public Library Central Library.  First, “Vrikshasan: Where is your back?” explores the issue of environmental degradation and climate change, using the tree pose from yoga as the main motif.

 The second piece is an example of chitra nattiyam or “dance painting”, where dancers paint with their feet. This choreography stems from an ancient tradition in the Kuchipudi genre. The dance takes its cue from an ancient tradition and recasts it with a contemporary vibe.

This performance is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.comwww.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Downtown KC Art Crawl – Wed., Sep 13

The Art in the Loop Foundation invites you to the Downtown KC Art Crawl on Wednesday, September 13, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This tour will be an engaging opportunity to learn more about the Art in the Park and Art on the Line artwork that is included the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: “Cue!” We will ride KC Streetcar to selected works of art, where several of the artists will speak about their installations.
 
The crawl begins at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, currently showing the River Market Regional Exhibition: Trust, Truth, Transcend. There will be brief remarks and then at 5:15 we will hop onboard KC Streetcar. The tour ends with a reception in City Market Park. (In the event of inclement weather the reception will relocate to KC Artists Coalition.)

Tickets are $10 each. Register at https://2017artcrawl.eventbrite.com.

Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org for additional information.

This event is produced by the Art in the Loop Foundation and our partners KC StreetcarKC Municipal Art CommissionKC Office of Culture & Creative ServicesKC Artists CoalitionCity Market and KC Public Library. Click here for a complete list of our sponsors, supporters, and partners.

 

About Art in the Loop

This event is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation.

We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City MarketKansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project and artists, visit  artintheloop.comfacebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

Upcoming Lunchtime Performance from Kartez Marcel and Sauce Handy at the KC Central Library

Artists Kartez Marcel and “They Call Me Sauce” Handy will offer a unique, lively performance at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd.  The performance will take place in Kirk Hall, located within the KC Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO.

 

Kartez Marcel, a native of Kansas City, Missouri is a recording artist, musician, songwriter and overall creative visionary. Though a rising star in the local arena he sets his standards high and mentally challenges himself to deliver lyrical prose and sonically mature material that holds its weight against some of the most respected award-winning artists.

 

 

 

 

Sauce Handy’s banging beats, amazing lyrics, mesmerizing hooks, positive messages that can change the world, and a live performance that will inspire anyone from any age group or culture; this is all wrapped up in the Kansas City native rapper “They Call Me Sauce.” A local artist with a national appeal, Sauce has been moving art since 2008.

 

 

 

This performance is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project:  Cue! The project is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts CouncilArts KC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson Leonard StreetHenderson EngineersJE Dunn ConstructionMcCownGordon ConstructionPort KC and UMB Financial Corporation. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KCMO-Public Works DepartmentKC Streetcar, the City Market, Kansas City Public LibraryKansas City Art InstituteFolk Alliance International and The Bridge 90.9.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit www.artintheloop.comwww.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop