Run the Town group run and Silly Walkways performance this week from Art in the Loop

Two of the artists included in the 2017 Art in the Loop Cue! project will be conducting group activities this week as part of their summer-long art installations- we invite you to join in the fun!

Photos by Cody Hunt.

On Thursday, May 25th from 10:00-11:00 a.m., join artist Beth Byrd-Lonski as Clarity Brown, a fun-loving clown who loves to lead people of all ages in silly walking!  Silly Walkways is directly inspired by The Monty Python Flying Circus skit: The Ministry of Silly Walks. This is a chance for everyone to have a light moment in the middle of the street (while staying safe, of course). Clarity Brown is the clown who will encourage you to get down and get back up again as you get from point A to point B. Clarity will begin the silly walk adventure at Crossroads Academy, 1015 Central St and end at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library.

 

 

 

 

Next, get on your running (or walking) shoes!  Artist Sarah Star has organized a group run, co-sponsored by Run816, set to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26th.  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.

 

 

These performances are free and open to the public, and 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.

Lunchtime Concert from Echoes of Africa Drum Ensemble at City Market Park

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, May 24th for a heart-thumping performance from Echoes of Africa from 11:30 – 1:30 at  City Market Park, 3rd & Main St.  Stop by the City Market to pick up your lunch on the way!

Echoes of Africa Drumming Ensemble draws from the ancient and yet still very contemporary folkloric musical traditions of western and southern Africa, as well as the occasional foray into the AfroLatin musical traditions of the Americas—all cultures where percussion-based music serves as a central fixture in life’s experiences.  The performance will be alive with primal rhythmic energy, as all in attendance are treated to two exciting sets of drumming-based music from Africa and the Americas.

The performance, including musicians John Currey, Sean Branagan, Corey Davis, and Dylan Bassett will consist of two exciting sets of music highlighting the rich, vibrant drumming traditions of Western Africa and Afro-Latin America.

Program (times are approximate):

11:30am – 12:20pm Set 1
12:20pm – 12:40pm Break
12:40pm – 1:30pm Set 2
**Community Drumming will wrap-up each set.

BRING YOUR CONGA, DJEMBE, SHAKER, or BELL, and join in on the music-making on ‘Cue!’, as each set wraps-up with an all-play celebration of Kansas City community drumming!

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.

 

Engaging Folk Music Performance Coming to City Market Park

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, May 17th for an exciting performance by The Center State.

The performance will take place from 11:30 – 1:30 at  City Market Park, 3rd & Main St.

Part acoustic pop music, part troubadour with a silky lament, and part organic Americana, The Center State perform a confident mix of folk music that is agony filled in places and catchy in others, sometimes within the span of a single song. The trio and sometimes quintet of musicians are as eccentric as the music they play. The quirky Davidson couple plays upright bass and violin, and shares vocals with the songwriter of the group, Jeremy Sharp.

The Center State first full-length album, Close Enough To Miss – self recorded in St. Joseph Missouri with final mix engineer James Felver- is out now on iTunes, Spotify, and most other digital platforms.

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 Free Lunchtime Concert Series Coming to Downtown KC

The Downtown Council is pleased to partner with Art in the Loop and the Historic Garment District Group to present two free concert series in Downtown Kansas City starting next week!

ART IN THE LOOP MUSIC SERIES

The Art in the Loop 2017 Music Series will take place between 11: 30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The first six performances will be in City Market Park, then performances will move to KC Streetcar and finally to the KC Public Library Central Library. Earlier this year over 100 musicians applied to participate in the series.  A panel of community members and musicians selected a diverse group of high-quality musicians to bring Downtown spaces to life.

While listening to the music you can also enjoy temporary artwork installed at these locations. In case of rain, performances will be moved into the City Market. Visit www.artintheloop.com for a full calendar of performances and information about the artwork.

City Market Park Performances, 3rd & Main Street:

The Center State, May 17  11:30-1:30
Echoes of Africa, May 24  11:30-1:30
Storm & Co., May 31 11:30-1:30
A. J. Young, June 7 11:30-1:30
Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle, June 14  11:30-1:30
Jerad Tomasino, June 21  11:30-1:30

 

 

The music series is part of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue! which includes Art in the Park, Art on the Line and Art at the Library. It 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.

THIMBLE THURSDAYS

The Historic Garment District presents Thimble Thursdays in Garment District Park (one block west of 8th & Broadway).  Enjoy live music on Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. including:

  • May 18, Kaw Mountain Band, Acoustic Americana
  • May 25, Pink Royal, Experimental Groove Pop
  • June 01, Little Maggie, Roots/Folk Music with a Down-Home Feel
  • June 08, Into the Sun, Traditional Irish & American Flute & Fiddle
  • June 15, The Rhythmia, Ragtime, Old-time Fiddle Tunes
  • June 22, Damon Becker, Rock and Classic Drums/Percussion

Rainout concerts will be held on June 29 and/or July 6.

Local Composer Leads Musical Happening at Rooftop Park

The rooftops of Downtown Kansas City will come alive on Thursday evening May 4, at 7:00 pm, when composer and musician Daniel Morel presents Kansas City Calling

The performance will take place at Prairie Logic, the public art installation and performance venue on the Green Roof above Cosentino’s Parking Garage, 1261 Main St, on the 6th floor.

Kansas City Calling is an evening-length musical happening that evokes both the bustling past and thriving current day of our Midwestern metropolis. The program features the music of Daniel Morel and draws on original and borrowed music to represent the city’s history. Musicians wander the rooftop park of Prairie Logic with ambient hums, antiphonal calls, and spoken texts to build a soundscape wafting over the skyline.

Daniel Morel is a Kansas City-based composer whose works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry.  Performance details and further information are available at www.danmorel.com.

This performance, co-presented by Art/Sounds 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.

Corrigan Station Art Unveiling, Fri., April 28, 4 p.m.

The Gentle Lady by Joe Munson Studios and Hermanos Design

 

Join Copaken Brooks & 3D Development as they unveil The Gentle Lady at Corrigan Station. View, for the first time, the commissioned sculpture by Joe Munson Studios and Hermanos Design. The Unveiling Ceremony will start at 4:00 p.m. with special remarks followed by a surprise performance and sculpture unveiling.

Corrigan Station developers, Copaken Brooks and 3D Development, join the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) to congratulate Joe Munson, the artist selected to create a permanent artwork for the Corrigan Station parking garage.

The commissioned sculpture, The Gentle Lady, comprises a 50-foot floating wing that is suspended from the garage and flies – rising, falling and rolling in response to the wind.

Learn more about Corrigan Station and The Gentle Lady at http://www.corriganstation.com/news.

Event Parking

Parking is available on the upper level/rooftop of the Corrigan Station garage (19th & Walnut). Please note, there will be street closure at9th & Walnut to accommodate the event. The garage is best accessed from 19th & Grand, or you can take the KC Streetcar which stops at 19th & Main.

 

 

Charlotte Street Town Pavilion Art Studio Open House , Fri., April 28, 6-10 p.m.

Step into the studios of artists and engage with them about their work during the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Open House on FRIDAY, April 28, 6PM10PM at the Town Pavilion, 1100 Walnut, 6th Floor. Performance artists will have theatrical, music and dance performances throughout the night.

The event showcases the work of artists in Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency Program. It provides the public a chance to meet the artists, learn more about their work and processes, and attend live music and dance performances; readings; exhibitions; participatory activities; artist talks; special sales; and more. Activities will take place on Saturday as well. All events are free and open to the public.

Free parking will be available on Friday evening in the 1025 Main/Commerce Bank Parking Garage (park anywhere that is not reserved.)

Click here for additional information and schedules.

2017 Art in the Loop Kickoff Reception, Wed., April 26

Join us for the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue! Kickoff Program and Reception on Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, in Kirk Hall. Click here to RSVP.

The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and KC Streetcar, features 14 temporary artworks and performances along the city’s streetcar route, in the City Market, and at the Central Library.  This year Art in the Loop will also bring a diverse array of musicians to Downtown Kansas City through a lunchtime concert series, Wednesdays, from 11:30 – 1:30, May 17 through September 13, at the same locations where artwork is installed.

As the series prepares to open, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist, curator, and educator who lives and works in Kansas City.

Art in the Loop¬running from May 1 to September 30¬is designed to make cultural experiences available to downtown residents, visitors, and workers.

The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue! is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar, the City of Kansas City, Missouri Arts Council, Arts KC and our corporate sponsors to date including Stinson Leonard Street, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction, and UMB Financial Corporation. For a full list of supporters and donors, or to make a donation click here.

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

Click here to download the press release.

Call for Visual Documentation (Photo/Video) Assistance

The Art in the Loop Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, wishes to contract with an individual to provide photographic and video documentation of the 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!.  

Responsibilities

Within the context of documentation, including but not limited to, photographing and videotaping performances, programs and artworks, organizing photos, obtaining photo release forms, editing photos and videos, and working with Art in the Loop staff to create appropriate documentation for publication in print as well as on-line. Photographs will also be used to create a summary catalog for presentation at the Closing Reception in November. Video footage will be used to create a 3-4 minute video summary of the project.

Click here for more information.

The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue! will infuse the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. The project also creates opportunities for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support. This a curated outdoor exhibition of 10-12 temporary artworks and 12-16 performances presented in 4 locations Downtown, including:

  • City Market Park, 3rd & Walnut;
  • KC Streetcar stops, located along Main Street between 3rd Street and Pershing Road;
  • Kansas City Public Library Central Library; and
  • Prairie Logic on the Green Roof, 6th floor above Cosentino’s grocery store at 13th and Main.

2017 Art in the Loop Artwork Applications – Due Friday, Feb. 17

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the Downtown Kansas City community through a series of art installations and performances in the center of Downtown Kansas City from May 1 through September 30, 2017.

Art in the Loop will offer 3 different opportunities for artists:

  1. Art in the Park: City Market Park (Municipal Art Commission, City of Kansas City, Missouri)
  2. Art on the Line and at the Library (KC Streetcar and Kansas City Public Library Central Library)
  3. Art in the Loop Music Series

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE: FEBRUARY 17, 2017 by 11:59 a.m. CST

Click here to learn more, review guidelines and apply.

The theme for our 2017 project is “Cue!” – meaning a signal or prompt to act. Taking inspiration from the current ARTwall installation Cue!” by Larry Thomas which imagines 8 diversely patterned human figures queuing up on a billboard-style artwork adjacent to the Power & Light District, we are looking to artists to cue new interpretations of our City.

Artists cue viewers into reimagining and understanding our everyday experience. As Downtown Kansas City undergoes a vibrant transformation, we invite artists to cue new interpretations of this urban landscape: how can we experience Downtown in fresh ways through visual, physical, and performative cues?

 

Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, with any questions.

Musicians Needed for Summer Concert Series

Ensemble Iberica performed on KC Streetcar during the 2016 Art in the Loop Project.

Art in the Loop Seeks Musicians and Performers for 2017 Performance Series

Musicians, performers, local bands – are you interested in performing on KC Streetcar this summer? Or on the roof of the Kansas City Public Library Central Library? Or maybe in City Market Park?

If so, please let us know!  Art in the Loop, in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, City Market, KC Streetcar and KC Public Library, will be hosting performances in these 3 locations this summer on Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will pay a fee of $300 for each performance.

Applications are due February 24.  Click here to learn how to apply!

2017 Call for Artists Info Session, Friday, Feb. 10

Art:    in the Park   –   on the Line   –   at the Library

2017 Call for Concepts – Information Session
Friday, February 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Paragraph Gallery, 23rd E. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64106

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF), in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO), KC Streetcar, and the Kansas City Public Library, is pleased to announce a Call for Concepts for our 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue! Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

AILF and KCMO will host an information session to provide further information about this opportunity at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery on Friday, February 10, from 12 to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org if you plan to attend.

The theme for our 2017 project is “Cue!” – meaning a signal or prompt to act. Taking inspiration from the current ARTwall installation “Cue!” by Larry Thomas which imagines 8 diversely patterned human figures queuing up on a billboard-style artwork adjacent to the Power & Light District, we are looking to artists to cue new interpretations of our City. Artists cue viewers into reimagining and understanding our everyday experience. As Downtown Kansas City undergoes a vibrant transformation, we invite artists to cue new interpretations of this urban landscape: how can we experience Downtown in fresh ways through visual, physical, and performative cues?

Art in the Loop is also collaborating with the City of Kansas City, Missouri to manage the Art in City Market Park project which will include 4 temporary art installations and 6 community performances throughout the summer. For more information about the Art in the Park artist selection process contact Elizabeth Bowman, KCMO public art administrator, elizabeth.bowman@kcmo.org or visit http://kcmo.gov/generalservices/municipal-art-commission-2-2/art-in-the-park/

New for 2017 is the Art in the Loop & Art in the Park Music Series.  The series will take place on Wednesdays at lunchtime throughout the summer at City Market Park, on KC Streetcar, and at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library.

For more information about all of these opportunities, visit http://www.artintheloop.com/opportunities/. Applications are due February 17, 2017, at 11:59 AM. Artists and collaborative projects are encouraged to attend this information session and apply.

For more information contact Jessica Borusky, curator, curationprojects@gmail.com, or Ann Holliday, program director, ann@downtownkc.org.