Jazz: The Resilient Spirit of Kansas City by Hector Garcia

The Art in the Loop Foundation invites you to our  Kick-Off event for the 2021 Art in the Loop Project:  Resilient, on Wednesday, July 7 at 6 p.m. in the lightwell event space, 1100 Main Street. The public is invited to join us for an evening of art, music, and dance as we introduce the 2021 visual artists. Enjoy the jazz stylings of Everyday Strangers and a dance performance by Reina Gray.  We will also announce the 2021 Art In the Loop KC Streetcar Performance Series at the kick-off event. The Art in the Loop KC Streetcar Performance Series will feature performances by local musicians at various KC Streetcar stops every Thursday from July 15 through September 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. as well as two dance performances in collaboration with Making Moves.  The event is free and open to the public; click here to RSVP.

This year marks the eighth year for the Art in the Loop Project and includes artwork based on photography, painting, digitized illustrations and paintings, and more. The Art in the Loop Project is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks presented in partnership with the KC Streetcar Authority.  Artists responded to the 2021 theme of “Resilient” and addressed questions about what an inclusive, equitable, accessible, and vibrant Downtown Kansas City looks like and what is needed for our city to remain resilient.

The following artists’ works will be displayed at streetcar stops and on one streetcar vehicle from July through October.

Artist and Art Installations:

  • Allison Bowman, Sacred Spaces, KC Streetcar Library Stop, Northbound
  • Robert Castillo, Resilient Encoded, KC Streetcar Library Stop, Southbound
  • William Dubois, Beyond the Looking Glass, KC Streetcar Crossroads Stop, Southbound
  • Hector Garcia, Jazz: The Resilient Spirit of Kansas City, KC Streetcar Vehicle #804
  • Smitha George, We Under One Sun, One Moon, and on One Earth, KC Streetcar, River Market West Stop 
  • Angie Jennings, Love Who You Love, KC Streetcar Power & Light District Stop, Southbound
  • Megan Leong, Beauty in Small Things, KC Streetcar North Loop Stop, Southbound
  • Brittany Noriega, Silver Lining, KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop, Northbound
  • Shelly Pinto, Patchwork, KC Streetcar Kauffman Center Stop, Southbound
  • Katrina Revenaugh, Love & Bee Loved, KC Streetcar Crossroads Stop, Northbound
  • Sheron Smith, Together We Rise, ARTwall, 13th & Grand

Visit www.ArtintheLoop.com to learn more about the artists and their artworks.

Artists are selected for the annual program through an online application process open to artists in the Kansas City metropolitan area. A selection panel consisting of local artists, curators, educators, and community members reviewed over 40 applications and selected 11 artist teams.

The 2021 Art in the Loop Project is provided artistic guidance by Kyle Mullins, who is serving in his first year as art director for the organization. Mullins is a dance artist living and creating in Kansas City, MO. He is the artistic director of his company Cerca Trova, where he creates works of dance theater, and producer of Making Moves, a monthly dance performance series he founded in 2019. He also works as a Peer Facilitator for Artist INC. He is a former Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident. Mullins danced in NYC for ten years before relocating home to Kansas City. He holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.cercatrovadance.com

The 2021 Art in the Loop Project is made possible through the generous support of the KC Streetcar Authority; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC;  and corporate sponsors including Stinson, Academy Bank, Copaken Brooks, HNTB, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction and many others. This project is also supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

Project partners include the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement Districts, KC Streetcar, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

For more information about the project and the artists, visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop

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Contacts:

Art in the Loop
Ann Holliday, Program Director, ann@downtownkc.org, (c) 816-718-1355
Kyle Mullins, Art Director, kylewmullins@gmail.com 

KC Streetcar
Donna Mandelbaum, Communications Director, dmandelbaum@kcstreetcar.org,  816-877-3219