Once every year, Downtown Kansas City erupts with a richness and vibrancy spurred by the rush of a certain community: artists. This year, Art in the Loop is proud to welcome its lineup of 15 talented artists that have created site-specific work to be shown throughout the Downtown area this summer—along the KC Streetcar route and in Washington Square Park. To congratulate their achievements and celebrate the cultural and artistic excitement that will be infused into our city this summer, we invite everyone to come to the Kick-Off Event Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
The event will take place at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th Street in the Helzberg Auditorium. During the program, Tony Jones CBE, the Nerman Family President of Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), will speak about Art in the Loop, KCAI, and the role of art in the community.
A crowning moment of this evening will be a dance performance by Tristian Griffin and James “SugEasy” Singleton. Griffin received his BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University and, upon his graduation, danced for Garth Fagan Dance Company for three years. Singleton, on the other hand, has been dancing since age four and winning Hip Hop competitions since his middle school years. His love for the community and culture of Hip Hop stretches as far back as he can remember and his focus has always been to educate, motivate, and inspire people of all ages and capabilities with his passion for Hip Hop. Their performance, entitled When Two Worlds Meet, will combine elements of contemporary ballet and Hip Hop dance into a single invigorating performance.
Art in the Loop is expecting 2019 to be one of the most exciting summers for art in Kansas City and we hope you will join us for its debut. To learn more about the artists and the Art in the Loop Foundation, go to artintheloop.com. Click here to RSVP or for more information about the event (https://www.kclibrary.org/signature-events/kickoff-2019-art-loop-project).
Art in the Loop is made possible through the generous support of KC Streetcar; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; ArtsKC and our corporate sponsors including Stinson; AutoAlert; Copaken Brooks; Kansas City Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund; Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts; Confluence; EPR Properties; Henderson Engineers; JE Dunn Construction; McCownGordon Construction; and Port KC. We appreciate in-kind support and guidance provided by the Downtown Council, the Downtown and River Market Community Improvement Districts, KC Streetcar, Kansas City Public Library, and Kansas City Art Institute.