Art in the Loop and the Downtown Council will host a reception at The Box Gallery on Thursday, July 24, from 4:30 to 6:30. The exhibition “Art in the Loop Celebrating Ten Years of Revitalizing Downtown KC with Public Art” closes on Friday July 25.
Why is public art important to Downtown Kansas City? How do local projects help emerging artists? The exhibition at the Box Gallery answers these questions and explains the detailed process of site-specific public art commissions –uncovering the complexity of the projects and the creativity of the artists involved. The exhibition includes a display of artist sketches, project photographs, site plans, sculpture models and materials. The show also includes a new video about Art in the Loop’s program through the voices of local artists and the foundation. A new walking tour map of public art in the Downtown Loop is also available.
Over the past decade Art in the Loop has partnered with a large number of local businesses, non-profits, foundations, arts organizations — and commissioned the following artists and architects: Cortney Andrews, Julia Cole, Marcus Cain, Laura DeAngelis, Dominique Davison, Dylan Mortimer, Amy Myers, Leigh Rosser, Ross Sawyers, Ascot Smith, Sean Starowitz, Jamie Warren, Davin Watne, and Allan Winkler.
As Art in the Loop moves into its second decade the mission of the organization continues to focus on commissioning permanent public art, however, the organization is also introducing temporary projects that invite artists to activity engage the community with temporary visual art installations and performances, or “creative placemaking.”
The program will include an acknowledgement of the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s support for public art, a guided walking tour of Art in the Loop installations (weather permitting)and announcement of the first round of artists for Downtown Street Art/Creative Placemaking Project which will take place in areas throughout the center of Downtown later this summer and fall.
Refreshments, wine and beer, will be provided.