KC Design Center & Art in the Loop Awarded $10,000 NEA Grant

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round for fiscal year 2016, including a Challenge America award of $10,000 to the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC), a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary, service learning design program located in downtown Kansas City.

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America grants are comparatively small investments that have a big impact in their communities. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Kansas City Design Center offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“We are thrilled with receipt of this award because it speaks to the importance of this project and the relevance of our collaborative efforts to improve the livability of the Greater Downtown Kansas City Area,” said KCDC Director Vladimir Krstic.

This award will support the Art in the Loop Vision Plan, a comprehensive study for the development of Art in the Loop installation sites. The primary goal of the Art in the Loop Foundation is to engage artists in the revitalization of Downtown Kansas City by activating existing and found public spaces in the Downtown Kansas City Loop through physical, artistic, and programmatic insertions that engage people and improve the walkability, authenticity, safety, connectivity and uniqueness of the area. These programs/projects may be temporary or permanent and can be implemented in a multi-phased approach in a manner to best expedite their implementation. The purpose of this vision plan will be to assess the viability of all potential sites, develop criteria for their selection, make account of all relevant contextual factors that need to be taken into consideration when making the sites available to artists, and provide a reference for artists’ concept development.

This project will be executed in spring 2016 by the KCDC Urban Design Studio, in collaboration with two competitively selected local artists who will serve as consultants. Art in the Loop has issued a Call for Artists for this project; interested parties should respond by December 15th, http://www.downtownkc.org/2015/12/02/kcdc-call-for-artists/

For more information on the Kansas City Design Center and Art in the Loop, visit www.kcdesigncenter.org and www.artintheloop.com.

KC Design Center & Art in the Loop Release Call for Artists

Kacico dancers perform as part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project. Photo by Madison Kludy

Kacico dancers perform as part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project. Photo by Madison Kludy.

Are you an artist interested in the future of the public realm of Downtown Kansas City? Are you an artist interested in working with the college-level architecture students and the community to develop a plan for temporary and permanent public art that would improve pedestrian connections in Downtown Kansas City?

If so, please take a look at this Call for Artist and consider participating!

About the Project

The Kansas City Design Center in partnership with Art in the Loop will be undertaking the development of a comprehensive vision plan for the development of art installation sites for Art in the Loop.

Currently, Art in the Loop installation sites (located primarily in the Central Business District of Kansas City) are chosen on a spontaneous basis. The purpose of the study would be to assess the viability of all potential sites, develop criteria for their selection, make account of all relevant contextual factors that need to be taken into consideration when making the site available to artists, and provide a reference for artists’ concept development.

Artist’s Role

Each artist will act as a consultant to the KCDC urban design studio which will operate as a team on the project design execution. Artists will be meeting with the design team for an hour a week, requiring a 15 – 20 total hour commitment, in addition to attending Advisory Committee meetings and project presentations. Ideal candidates will have public art experience and a passion for art in the public realm. A stipend of $1,000 will be provided for each artist; the timeline for this project is January 2016 – May 2016. This project will be led by a volunteer Advisory Committee representing community organizations, the City of Kansas City, and local arts organizations.

Interested candidates should email their resume/cv, 5 images/video of relevant work or a website link, and a letter of interest to Art in the Loop Director, Ann Holliday by December 15th: ann@downtownkc.org.

Click here for more information about the project and call for artists.

Kansas City Design Center,  kcdesigncenter.org
Art in the Loop Foundation, artintheloop.com

2015 Art in the Loop Project Catalog Published

Closing Reception & Artist Talks was held on October 15 at the Kansas City Design Center.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project was a collaboration between the Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council, and the Downtown Community Improvement District.  

Our goal was to infuse the center of Downtown Kansas City and Oppenstein Park with an innovative, engaging and diverse collection of curated temporary and performance art while also providing a supported opportunity for local artists to expand their practice in the public realm of Downtown Kansas City.

These goals emerged from the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Arts Convergence Plan, specifically:

  •         Increase interaction with the arts,
  •         Enliven public spaces Downtown with the arts, and
  •         Engage people with each other and art in our public spaces.

We were extremely pleased with the growth of the project compared to its pilot year in 2014. More than twice as many artists applied to the project and we increased the number of selected projects from 12 to 20. We were also able to select a diverse group of artists coming from a range of artistic practices, perspectives, and backgrounds.  We look forward to expanding next year’s project to include sites along the streetcar line.

As a group, our 2015 artists truly provided a range of thoughtful, engaging and surprising creative experiences for our audience.  The audience typically ranged from 40 to over 200 people including workers on their lunch hour enjoying food trucks and art, existing fans and visitors.

We’re looking forward to the continued evolution of the project and the opportunity to bring creativity to the streets of Downtown Kansas City.

By the numbers:

  • 1 curator/artist
  • 1 intern/artist
  • 2 artist talks & receptions
  • 9 installations
  • 12 performances
  • 24 sponsors
  • 30 artists practicing in diverse media and coming from diverse backgrounds
  • 2,000 participants/audience for performances
  • $36,500 raised

View the 2015 Art in the Loop Project Catalog here or contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org for a hard copy.

Two Opportunities to Experience Art Downtown on Thurs., Oct. 15

SKYWAVE Interior, provided by the artist.

SKYWAVE by White Art Studios, Skywalk over Walnut south of 12th Street, photograph provided by the artist.

2015 Art in the Loop Project Closing Reception & Artist Talks

at the Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore
Thursday, October 15th
Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., artist talks start at 6 p.m.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project will culminate with a closing reception and artist talks on Thursday, October 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore.  The artist talks, introduced by project curator, artist and arts educator,  Jessica Borusky, will start at 6 p.m.  

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project, which was designed to bring cultural experiences to Downtown employees, residents and visitors while also providing the opportunity for local artists to experiment with public art, included 12 performances which took place July 9, 2015 through September 17, 2015.  The project also included nine temporary installations in Oppenstein Park, along Walnut Street and 11th Street.  The artworks were installed in July and August and will be removed in mid-October. Click here for a list of participating artists or visit www.artintheloop.com for more information. 

The event is free and open to the public. Beverages and light appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday, October 12, at https://ailf-closing-event.eventbrite.com or contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org.  

Charlotte Street presents “TUNGS” at its Paragraph and Project Space galleries

21 -­ 23 E. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo
Thursday, October 15th
Reception from 5-­‐8 p.m.

The final exhibition of the 2014-­‐15 Charlotte Street Studio Residency -­‐ Visiting Curator Series, where local and regional arts professionals are invited to curate projects featuring the work of current Studio Residents including visual artworks and performances. This exhibition is curated by Joel Damon, co-­‐owner/curator of Project Project in Omaha, NE.

TUNGS is an investigation into the work of three visual makers and the system of communication trapped within it. Each artist in this exhibition speaks through a unique visual filter and is forced to share their practice in ways potentially difficult to comprehend regardless of the fact that many of the ideas and concepts shared are common human experiences and emotions. The goal of presenting these makers together in one place is not to provide the opportunity to gain a new level of backstory, it is to allow a moment for the viewer to understand and yet still not know and to encourage these three artists to continue speaking in whatever language they deem appropriate. They are talking about what you know, they are talking about you, they are talking to you.  Click here to learn more.

Artist and Fashion Designer Showcases New Work @ The Box Gallery, Friday 9/11

An exhibition in Downtown KC will feature a super-sized textile installation, pattern-charged design and a 9-look fashion show.  Artist Whitney Manney titled her exhibit and her label’s sixth collection, ArkhiMODiste.  A runway fashion show will be held at the opening reception on Friday, September 11th at 7pm. Manney will give an artist talk on September 25th at noon in the gallery.    All events are free and open to the public.

Manney’s innovative fashion designs are functional and wearable.  Her new work was inspired by the industrial spirit that has shaped our urban landscape.

Kansas City native Whitney Manney graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012.  Her collections have been showcased in ten local/regional shows including a solo exhibit at UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City Fashion Week, Saint Louis Fashion Week and Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.  As a 2013 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient, Manney participated in teaching partnerships with the HALO Foundation and various area schools. For more information on the artist visit whitneymanney.com.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm.  Free parking validation is available. This 830 square feet gallery is designed for exhibitions by local artists, collectors, universities and arts organizations.  Underwritten by Commerce Bank the gallery’s mission is to serve a Downtown audience of residents, workers and visitors, with creative cultural art and history exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage.

For more information contact: Robin Trafton, director, The Box Gallery,TheBoxGallery@towerproperties.com

Art Exhibition in Washington Square Park, Opening Reception, Thur. 9/10

AitSmapweb_Page_1This fall, residents and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Washington Square Park to enjoy public art installations as part of the City’s first Art in the Square Exhibit. Art in the Square is an initiative of the City of Kansas City to showcase public art while reinforcing the City’s commitment to investing in local artists. The five featured artists, Jake Balcom, Denise DiPiazzo, Rie Egawa, Kati Toivanen, and William Vannerson, were chosen by a selection panel of arts professionals and business and civic representatives.

The exhibit’s opening reception will take place in Washington Square Park on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Residents and art enthusiasts are invited to meet the artists, view the art installations, and enjoy live music and local food trucks.

Art in the Square is made possible through collaboration between the City’s Municipal Art Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department. The exhibit represents a unique collection of thought-provoking artwork that ranges from whimsical to innovative. The first Art in the Square exhibit, which will be placed in Washington Square Park, will feature artwork from five local artists. This outdoor gallery is free and open to the public from September 10 through December 21.

Click here for additional information about the art installations and the artists.

Downtown Replay Sound & Dance Performance in Oppenstein Park, Thursday 9/10

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

This Thursday, September 10, at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, choreographer Lauren Thompson, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create a sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes from the existing Celestial Flyways and Star Disk artwork by Laura DeAngelis commissioned by Art in the Loop in 2009.

With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

Lauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Learn more about Downtown Replay and view images from a previous performance at the KCATA’s 10th & Main Transit Center here: http://www.downtownkc.org/portfolio-item/lauren-thompson/

 

 

Cat Mahari & Friends: Insta-bility, in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, September 3rd

If you are an active member of the Downtown community you’ve probably noticed the plastic bag installation growing across the entrance of Oppenstein Park, located at 12th and Walnut.

This Thursday, September 3rd in Oppenstein Park at 11:30 am, Art in the Loop presents a choreographed performance by Cat Mahari, Joshie G Falcon and Frank Monki Pham: Insta-bility. This dance performance will center on exploring personal identity, and the societal relationship held between ourselves and the environment. This piece will be informed and shaped by Minh DuPha’s large scale canopy installation of the same name. They will be performing multiple sets at 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 1pm.

Cat Mahari is a professional movement artist, a current artist resident at Charlotte Street Foundation, and a recording artist. She recently performed at the TEDxYouth@StateLineRoad:

 

Frank Pham is a professional dancer, aspiring danceFrankMonk therapist, and part of the dance group, “Boogie Munstars Family” founded here in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay, Tuesday, Sep. 1st

Art imitates life, life imitates art – this is the feedback loop that creates Downtown Replay, an exploration through movement and sound.

This Tuesday, September 1, at 11:30am in the KCATA Transit Plaza, choreographer Lauren ThompsonKacico, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create this sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes already present in another Art in the Loop project from 2005, Uplifted Arms. This original project took the ordinary and everyday out of context, challenging our view of the mundanity. Dancers will imitate, and integrate the movement and postures of the sculptures, as well as those in attendance, to give each pedestrian’s everyday movements a new platform and forum for expression. With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

fountain busLauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Broken String Latin Jazz Trio, in Oppenstein Park, THURSDAY, August 27th

Have a penchant for jazz? Flamenco? How about a three piece band specializing in both and MORE?

This Thursday, August 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park, Art in the Loop presents, BrokenStringLookingAtSkylineURLBroken String Latin Jazz Trio. Broken String creates guitar and percussion driven soundscapes filled with a delightfully fresh spirit and soul. Artfully integrating traditional North American Jazz, authentic Spanish Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, Brazilian music, and much more, the trio provides audiences with captivating performances that thrill the musical senses. Broken String will be playing two 50 minute sets, one starting at 11:30am and the other beginning at 12:40pm.

Michael McClintock – Guitar graduated from the nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance in 2006. While at the Conservatory, he studied under classical guitar master Douglas Niedt. Following graduation, Michael continued his studies with four-time Grammy Nominee Rod Fleeman, and, has established himself squarely in the center of the Kansas City music scene.

BrokenStringStreetCarURLJarrod Stephenson – Guitar began playing music at a very young age. In 2002, his thirst for something more inspired him to attend the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. In addition to performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in Jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, at which point he began exploring the art form of Flamenco.

John Currey – Percussion is the Director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Ensemble, was an original Union Station Cast Member of Sticks of Thunder, holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches for the Conservatory’s Community Music & Dance Academy. John is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworks, has played timpani for the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and, extra timpani and percussion with the Kansas City Symphony. Numerous performance credits include appearances with the Czech National Orchestra, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, nationally-touring productions of Broadway’s Evita and Ragtime, the Chico Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Caribbean Steel pan band. He has played percussion at the Sunflower Music Festival, and served two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass. A member of the Tri-Percussion group, the Flamenco dance and music ensemble De los Barrios, Broken String, and an arranger for the former Marimba Yajalón, John has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Camry Ivory: Coloratura in Oppenstein Park, July 16th

Synesthesia is a condition of mixed sensations. The stimulus of one sensory experience involuntarily triggers the reactionary sensation of another sense. This neurological phenomenon is the conceptual basis of this week’s performance.

This Thursday, July 16th in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, singer-songwriter Camry Ivory will be performing and inviting the public to experience the sensational and tactile performance that is Coloratura:

Coloratura: Explorations of Music & Art is a multimedia project that combines visual art and music by converting paint brushes and canvas into a midi controller that can create and manipulate live music. As the paint touches the canvas, musical tones will be emitted, creating a synesthetic experience, stimulating multiple senses at once. Instead of the art inspiring the music or the music inspiring the art, both are created simultaneously. Coloratura encourages audience members to reconsider the intersection of visual and performing arts as well as to participate in the creative process themselves.

969047_487240058015968_1798276188_nCamry Ivory is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, claiming both sides of the state line as her home.  She is an active performer in the Kansas City musical scene, lending her vocal and piano talents to various musical endeavors ranging from jazz and funk to folk and experimental pop.

Art in the Loop

This is the second performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

Maura Garcia: Everybody’s Chance Dance in Oppenstein Park, July 9th

If you had the opportunity to choreograph a dance, what would it look like?
This is the very question Maura Garcia, a local dancer and choreographer, is posing to our community.

Thursday, July 9th, in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,me dancing in the streets
Maura Garcia will create Everybody’s Chance Dance. Inspired by Merce  Cunningham’s Choreography by Chance technique, Liz Lerman’s community engagement strategies and traditional Cherokee values, Garcia will interact with the community by asking questions about the look, form, direction and feel of Everbody’s Chance Dance. Following the responses, Garcia will then invite attendees to join her for the physical creation, rehearsal, and eventual performance
of the completed piece.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Maura Garcia will be in Oppenstein Park asking  pedestrians and visitors (along with social media requests) what it is that they would like to experience in this site-specific, community-choreographed piece.

At 12:15 p.m. the choreographing with community volunteers will begin. All are invited to join in! Group rehearsal will follow as members of the community, along with Maura Garcia, learn the site-specific dance of their creation.

The performance of the completed dance will then follow at 1:00 p.m., with an open invitation to perform alongside Garcia! This is the culmination of the event, uniting the community and place together to truly present Everybody’s Chance Dance.

Maura Garcia iIMG_1639s a local dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Garcia is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee and Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to her works. She specializes in multimedia, one-woman shows involving audience participation and community members as performers.  Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee lifeways, the environment, and social justice underlie her creations. Garcia uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift indigenous cultural values, and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Art in the Loop

This is the inaugural performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.