2017 Art in the Loop Call for Artists Open

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.

ARTwall: Cue! by Larry Thomas, 2016

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 partnering with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, theKC Streetcar Authority and the Kansas City Public Library to 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 (Kansas City Public Library Central Library and KC Streetcar)
  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.

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

Artists Sought for Creative Placemaking in Kansas City

The City of Kansas City, Office of Culture and Creative Services (OCCS) seeks two artists to participate as part of the core design team for the West Bottoms Reborn project. The selected artists will collaborate with the team to research, plan, design, and execute the project. The OCCS requests qualifications from artists who live and work within a seventy-five mile radius of Kansas City, Missouri. Up to five finalists will be selected and interviewed. From the group of finalists, two artists will be recommended for the project.

Each selected artist will act as a consultant to the team and will be expected to meet with the team for eight hours on a weekly basis, requiring a 400 hours total commitment, in addition to attending Advisory Committee meetings and project presentations. A stipend of $15,000.00 will be provided for each artist; the timeline for this project is February 2017 through May 2018.

Interested artists should read the full Request for Qualifications, including evaluation criteria, timeline, and project background and scope.

The deadline for submission is February 1, 2017. Candidates must email a letter of interest and resume to publicart@maaa.org. Candidates may attach up to five images and/or five short video clips (these should be condensed to fit the maximum allowable 25MB) or provide a website link. Please reference “West Bottoms” in the subject line.

Lawrence, KS – 29th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition – Call for Artists

The City of Lawrence, KS is seeking artworks for the 29th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

The Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition or ODSE was founded by local sculptor and executive director of the Kansas Sculptors Association Jim Patti in 1988 to provide an opportunity for area sculptors to showcase their work in various locations in downtown Lawrence. More than 160 local, regional and national sculptors have participated in the ODSE since 1988 and thousands of citizens and visitors have enjoyed their work.

The ODSE is sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission. A range of temporary artworks are displayed in downtown Lawrence along Massachusetts Street, in the Cultural District and in select sites city-wide.

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 and older
Honorarium: Selected Artists will receive a $1,200 honorarium for each selected or commissioned work
Entry Deadline: 4:00 PM, Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Works that explore an expanded notion of art in the public realm are encouraged.

More information and the online application form can be found here: https://lawrenceks.org/odse/

Contact information:
Porter Arneill, Director of Arts and Culture
parneill@lawrenceks.org
(785) 832-3402
http://lawrenceks.org/cmo/arts-and-culture

2016 Art in the Loop Project Connect: Video Art

Photograph from Walking on Eggshells Mandala by Alison Greene.

Photograph from Walking on Eggshells Mandala by Alison Greene.

The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to wrap up the 2016 Art in the Loop Project by sharing our video summarizing the project created by local artist and film-maker Cody Hunt, as well as videos created as extensions of artwork by Neil Goss, Alison GreeneJon Johnson, Elizabeth Stehling and Lauren Thompson with Jonathan Robertson and Tom Hipp.

Click here to view the videos, as well as the 2016 Art in the Loop Catalog and links to more information about each of the projects.

We appreciate the participation of the artists, musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, videographers and performance artists that participated in this year’s project.  The creativity, vision and skill of these artists provided a series of cultural experiences that added a new dimension to Downtown Kansas City during the project.

We also appreciate the leadership, management and support provided by the Downtown Council, Kansas City Art Institute, Municipal Art Commision of the City of Kansas City, MO, Downtown Community Improvement District, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

Art in the Loop Video Screening Reception, Friday, Dec. 2

The Art in the Loop Foundation will hold a reception to showcase videos created by five local artists as components of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect. The event will take place at KC Skyline Realty, 1724 Main Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Videos created by following artists will be exhibited:

Art in the Loop will also share a video, produced by Cody Hunt, summarizing the 27 art projects and performances included in this years project. Additionally, the gallery will exhibit work by Kati Toivanen and Lauren Thompson inspired by their 2016 projects: Hopscotch and Life Turning, respectively.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was a curated outdoor exhibit of temporary artwork and performances located along the KC Streetcar route and other Downtown locations from July through October. It infused the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that refreshed, intrigued and surprised Downtown workers, residents, and visitors. The project also created opportunities for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was made possible through the generous support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the KC Streetcar Authority, the KCMO-Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, as well as many corporate sponsors.
Space for the screening and exhibit is provided by Dave Jennings, KC Skyline Realty.

Click here to download the full press release with images.

Art in the Loop Closing Reception & Pop Up Exhibit

The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to announce 2 events that will wrap up our 2016 season of performances and artwork.

Closing Reception & Pop-Up Exhibit – Wednesday, Nov. 2

On Wednesday, November 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the public is invited to a Closing Reception and Pop-Up Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, located at 14 West 10th Street.  Objects and ephemera from the 2016 projects will be displayed, turning the Helzberg Auditorium into a gallery for the evening.

The program will begin at 6:30 and include 2-minute presentations from each of the artists. This will be a fast-paced energetic presentation! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the artists and the artwork presented throughout the past months.  Beverages and appetizers will be provided.  Click here to RSVP.

Art in the Loop Screening – Friday, Dec. 2

On Friday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art in the Loop will host a 2016 Art in the Loop Screening Reception at Keller Williams Skyline office and gallery, located at 1724 Main Street.  The program will feature videos from our 2016 Art in the Loop artists including Elizabeth Stehling, Jon Johnson, Lauren Thompson, Alison Greene and Neil Goss as well as artwork by Kati Toivanen and Lauren Thompson. We will show our 2016 Art in the Loop video by Cody Hunt. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. Click  here to RSVP.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

For more information, contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org or (816) 979-1072.

Sound & Dance to Infiltrate Ilus Davis Park on Friday Sep. 30

On Friday, September 30, choreographer Lauren Thompson and sound designer Jonathan Robertson will bring their improvisational dance and sound performance, Downtown Replay, to Ilus Davis Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tart-in-parkhe performance will take place on and around a temporary stage placed in the center of the water feature near the southwest corner of the park near 11th & Oak Streets.

Life and art imitate each other; this is the feedback loop that Downtown Replay explores through movement and sound. Prior to the performance,  Thompson has designed movement inspired by the architecture of the park and Robertson record on location – these movements and sounds initiate and function as the core of the piece.

During the performance, sounds will continue to be captured through microphones strategically placed around the park. The public can manipulate the sound and movement of the space they are in, while at the same time the choreographer and sound designer have predetermined part of their experience. Videographer Tom Hipp will record the performance from various angles. The video recording will be used to create an interactive projection for a later, stage performance.

This performance is free and open to the public. It the final performance of the 2016 Art in the Park and Art in the Loop projects.  Art in the Park is an effort by the City of Kansas City, Missouri to enliven public outdoor spaces with temporary art pieces and performances.  It was produced this year in coordination with the 2016 Art in the Loop Project which included temporary artworks and performance on the KC Streetcar route, in Oppenstein Park and at Prairie Logic on the Green Roof. For more information, contact Ann Holliday, 816-979-1072 or ann@downtownkc.org, or Elizabeth Bowman, elizabeth.bowman@kcmo.org.

About the Artists

Lauren Thompson is a local dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate from the University of Kansas City-Missouri with a BFA in modern dance, in addition to a collection of other degrees. Lauren’s work has been performed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Unicorn Theater, and with Art in the Loop.

Jonathan Robertson is an adjunct instructor of music technology at Missouri Western State University and a composer and sound designer working in Kansas City. Recent credits include composer for the theatre play Medea (directed by Joshua K. Brody) at UMKC, assistant sound designer for Kansas City Swing (dir. Ricardo Khan) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and composer/sound designer for Immeasurable Heaven (dir. Stephanie Roberts) on Spencer Stage at UMKC, and music director for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Unicorn theatre. He co-wrote and directed the plays Mannequins, Companions and The Audio Cart (Kansas City Fringe Festival 2014,  2015, and 2016).

Tom Hipp produces and directs film content in the Kansas City area and beyond. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and got his start in TV commercials. Since then he has collaborated with a diverse group of people and clients to create television, commercials, web pieces, music videos, documentaries and more.  Tom loves Kansas City and is excited to further develop both the film production and art communities in the area.

Art on the KC Streetcar Line Touted in KC Star

Art on the Line – a series of 6 artworks temporarily installed on the KC Streetcar route – was highlighted in the Arts & Culture section of the Kansas City Star this weekend.  Art on the Line was one of temporary art installation and performance series produced by Art in the Loop and many partners this summer.

The artworks will remain installed through the end of this month.   Read what the artists themselves and curator, Jessica Borusky,  have to say about the pieces here:    http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article102008997.html

KC Star videographer Shelly Yang created this “ride-along” style video to give you a taste of the art!

 

ArtsKC Tour of Streetcar Art and KC Artists Coalition Planned

Soundshapes by White Art Studio

Soundshapes by White Art Studio

Join ArtsKC on Saturday, September 17, 3:00 – 6:00 pm, for a unique event featuring a tour of Art on the Line, temporary artworks installed along the KC Streetcar route, a tour of the KC Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Singleton Yard, and a reception hosted by the Kansas City Artists Coalition where you can enjoy over 100 pieces of work by artists who have been part of KCAC’s 40-year history.

Tickets are $40.

Register now at: www.ArtsKC.org/Encounter

Cuban Music Coming to KC Streetcar

Cubanisms.logoJoin us Friday, September 9, for a musical performance at the KC Streetcar River Market West Stop inspired by the current political thaw between Cuba and the United States.  From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ensemble Iberica will present “Cubanisms”, a continuous acoustic performance of traditional Cuban “son”. The performance includes Ensemble Iberica musicians, Michael McClintock (Cuban tres), Beau Bledsoe (guitar), Jordan Shipley (bass), Brandon Draper (percussion) and Cuban national, Dálida Teresa Pupo Barrios (percussion and documentation).

Listeners/passengers will be taught traditional “coros” (repeated participatory choruses) and given percussion instruments to play such as the Cuban clave or bongos.

Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish baroque, Portuguese fado and Argentine tango. The Ensemble features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and folk traditions both locally and from around the world.

This performance is free and open to the public and is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

 

What’s that sound? KC Streetcar Performance Planned for Friday 9/2

On Friday, September 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Mnemosyne Quartet will employ the power of sound to transport Kansas City streetcar passengers beyond the boundaries of the line to favorite Kansas City destinations, such as: The Zoo, Union Station, and The Kansas Speedway. For those passengers brave enough to participate, Mnemosyne encourages the streaming of our digital content, via your handheld device.  The experience begins at the 14th street stop going north.   

Transient Harmony is a sound installation and performance that will encompass the streetcar line between 9th and 14th street. Members of the quartet will travel with passengers presenting live music, while a newly created mobile app will allow the quartet to connect with downtown tourists, workers and residents both on and off the streetcar. While live performance will occur only along the streetcar line, you will be able to experience the unification of Kansas City’s urban soundscape through the app.

In addition to electronic music, Transient Harmony will feature Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone performers.

To stream: Download Mixlr on your cell phone and search for MnemosyneQuartet
This performance is free and open to the public and is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

Local Composer Leads Musical Happening on Rooftop Park

Morel_hi_resThe rooftops of Downtown Kansas City will come alive on Tuesday evening September 20, at 6:00 pm,when composer and musician Daniel Morel presents Kansas City Calling with the Jibrish Horn Quartet and members of the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance Horn Studio.

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 Kansas City. The program draws on original and borrowed music to represent the history of Kansas City with a wafting soundscape that builds over the course of the evening. The entire rooftop will come alive with historical sounds, virtuosic solos, displaced melodies, and an ambient hum that coalesces into the story of Kansas City told through music. The program concludes with a final concert featuring the Jibrish Horn Quartet and members of the UMKC Conservatory Horn Studio.

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 is free and open to the public and is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.