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 DistrictsKCMO-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 DistrictsKCMO-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 DistrictsKCMO-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 DistrictsKCMO-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 DistrictsKCMO-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

KC Track Club Wednesday Night Run takes on artist Sarah Star’s Run The Town

Join us at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd for a group run, part of artist Sarah Star’s 2017 Art in the Loop installation, Run the Town.

Illustrations by Sonya Andrews

 

Get on your running (or walking) shoes!  Sarah Star has organized a group run, co-sponsored by Kansas City Track Club’s Wednesday Night 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.  After the run, join the group for dinner at Il Lazzarone (approximately 7:00 p.m.).

Candice Hill to Perform at Union Station KC Streetcar Stop

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, August 16th for an engaging performance by local musician Candice Hill.

The performance will take place from 11:30 – 1:30 on the East Plaza outside Union Station, near the KC Streetcar stop.

 

Candice Hill is a percussionist and steel pan (steel drum) performer and instructor. She performs live and teaches drum lessons, steel pan lessons, percussion lessons, and more in the Kansas City area.  Join us near the Union Station KC Streetcar stop for this concert, sure to be a quite enjoyable and unique summer experience.

 

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 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 Jon Michael Johnson presents “Cue!” on-board the KC Streetcar, Aug 9

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, August 9th for “Cue!”, a dynamic dance performance, directed by local artist Jon Michael Johnson.

The performance will take place from 11:30 – 1:30 on-board the KC Streetcar , starting from the Union Station streetcar stop.

The ride begins and the passengers, along with four dancers,  start to hear the sounds that govern the streetcar. There is the clang of the bell, the announcement, the beep, the whistle. These sounds or “Cues” are what will keep the streetcar and its riders moving and informed.

There are also more random cues: voices, laughter, traffic. Each of these prompts a response from a dancer. Each dancer acts in turn until they are all moving. As the streetcar progresses through the route, a visual braid begins to emerge.

These prompts and responses reveal how our lives, and the different strands we represent, are woven together by Cues! Regardless of cultural background, religion, or politics — we all step back when the oncoming car honks its horn; we all quicken our step when we hear the “ding, ding, ding” of the closing doors.  We all push the same button when we call for a stop.  Our individuality is precious — but perhaps our commonality, revealed by our responses to cues we receive all day, every day, is even more so.

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 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

Two Engaging Artists Perform at Art Starts at the Library, Friday 8/4

Join us for First Fridays and Art Starts at the Library on Friday,  August 4th and be treated to two performances from Art in the Loop.

First, artist Beth Byrd-Lonski makes her final Art in the Loop appearance as Clarity Brown the clown, to lead the final installment of Silly Walkways.  The performance will take place from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on the sidewalk outside the Kansas City Public Library Central Library14 W 10th St.  Join the fun, and let yourself be a little silly, as the group moves through the specially-marked crosswalk near the library.  Clarity Brown will lead groups across in a silly, but safe, manner.

 

 

 

 

Next, move inside the library for a unique, enthralling performance.  Inscribed, by Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre, is a dance that explores what happens when we see reality and cannot look away – when we find a truth we cannot escape.  Four dancers, taking their cue from literature, enliven the library spaces.  Moving from the 4th floor, through the Grand Reading Room, and into Kirk Hall, the characters journey through discovery, understanding, communication, and community.  Inscribed is performed by Maura Garcia, Ilana Silverstein, Paco Vitug, and Jeramy Zimmerman, with Jon Johnson; music by Michael Oshiver and Heather Thornton.

The performance will start at 6:00 p.m.  in the library stacks on the 4th floor.

 

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 DistrictsKCMO-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.