Public Art & Performance Opportunities in Downtown KC

Photos from 2015 Art in the Loop Project.

2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect

Art in the Loop (Oppenstein Park, 12th & Walnut)
Art on the Line (KC Streetcar Line)
Art in the Park (Ilus Davis Park, 11th & Oak)

Musicians, artists, sculptors, composers, choreographers, fashion designers, film-makers, dancers, and performance artists – are you interested in bringing your art outside and into the public realm of Downtown Kansas City to be experienced by Downtown residents, visitors, and workers?

If so, consider applying for the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect! (Applications Due: April 15)

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect will infuse 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 an opportunity for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks installed in and around Oppenstein Park at 12th and Walnut Streets. Art in the Loop is also partnering with the KC Streetcar Authority to include art installations at streetcar stops and on-board vehicles. Art in the Loop is also collaborating with the City of Kansas City, Missouri to manage the Ilus Davis Art in the Park Project which will include 4 temporary art installations and 4 community performances throughout the summer.

This year, we’re instituting a theme, “Connect.” While the project expands to take on new geographies and new partners, we will ask the artists to consider ideas of connecting with the urban environment, with modes of transit and with the diverse populations of Downtown Kansas City.

Our goal is to install 11 artworks in and around Oppenstein, 4 artworks at KC Streetcar stops or onboard vehicles, and 4 artworks in Ilus Davis Park from June through September 2016.

An eclectic body of performance art, music, dance, and poetry will be performed weekly during the lunch-hour in Oppenstein Park, Thursdays, July through September.  Food trucks will also offer food and beverages. A performance series is also planned to take place KC Streetcar vehicles and/or at streetcar stops, Fridays, July through September.  Four 4 music performances will also be held in Ilus Davis Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following Fridays, June 24, July 29, August 26 and September 30.

To learn more or apply, visit Applications are due April 15, 2016. Commissions will range from $500 to $5,000. The final number of projects will depend on funds raised. For more information contact Jessica Borusky, curator,, or Ann Holliday, program director,

The project is funded by the generous support of corporate sponsors, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.  The project is a partnership of the Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Downtown Community Improvement District and the Kansas City Art Institute. The more supporters we have, the more unique artistic experiences we can offer to Downtown workers, visitors, and residents.  Please contact Ann Holliday, or 816-979-1072, if you are interested in learning more about how you can support these efforts.