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.