See all of the Convivencia related events happening from July to November!

Celebrate the streetcar wrapped with artwork by Julia Morris. Performances by Jamogi and the Jammers and Amado Espinoza with Pedro Calderon.

Join artist Meranda McDermott, as she leads a community project “Threads of Convivencia: Embracing Diversity through Fiber Art.”

Make sure to stop by our many events happening this July including our KC Streetcar Celebration and Ride, various Streetcar Stop Installations, and more!

We at Art in the Loop are grateful to all those that showed up for our 2024 Kick-Off Event that featured the performances of Alber and Kat King. Along with the printmaking provided by Viva La Tinta and the poem Glenn North shared. We’d also like to thank all those that gave donations that make Art in the Loop possible.

By Ann Holliday, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Downtown Council of Kansas City

(Kansas City, Missouri) – The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 Art in the Loop visual and performing artists.

The Art in the Loop Project is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks and performance series presented in partnership with the KC Streetcar. This year marks the eleventh year for the Art in the Loop Project and includes visual artwork based on photography, painting, digitized illustrations, and performance artwork based in dance, experimental jazz, hip hop, aerial acrobatics, and more. 

This year, we asked artists to respond to the Spanish word Convivencia and express their interpretation through their artwork. Convivencia is a shared life with others that is a constant practice, effort, negotiation, and joint achievement while recognizing friction or opposing energy. We recognize that artists and creatives are familiar with navigating space, energy, and time amongst one another and within their communities.   

Artists are selected for the annual program through an online application process open to artists in the greater Kansas City area. A selection panel consisting of local artists, curators, educators, and community members reviewed over 100 applications and selected 22 visual and performing artists.

The following visual artists’ works will be displayed at KC Streetcar stops and on one KC Streetcar vehicle between June and November 2024: 

Visual Artists and Art Installations:

  • Bei Hu, Our Sky Project, Kauffman Center Southbound Streetcar Stop 
  • Meranda McDermott, Threads of Convivencia: Embracing Diversity through Fiber Art, River Market West KC Streetcar Stop 
      • This progress installation will occur on the following dates:
        • June 9, 12 – 2 pm
        • July 14, 9 -11 am
        • Aug. 25, 9 – 11 am
        • Oct. 6, 12 – 2 pm
  • Susan Moreno, Living Together, Union Station Streetcar Stop
      • This progress live painting will occur on the following dates
        • June 10, 12 – 2 pm
        • June 29, 12 – 2 pm
        • July 19, 5 – 7 pm
        • Oct. 4, 5 – 7 pm

The following performing artists will present an incredible summer revue of free performances. For fans of music, dance, and acrobatics, we are certain that there will be something engaging for everyone.

Performance Artists & Schedule:

 

The Art in the Loop Foundation will hold a Kick-Off event for the 2024 Art in the Loop Project: Convivencia, on Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. Guests will enjoy an evening of art and music as they are invited to meet the 2024 visual and performance artists. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with musical performances by Alber and Kat King and an interactive art creation activation with Viva La Tinta KC occurring throughout the evening. Guests are invited to meet with visual and performing artists for a chance to learn about the work the artists are creating for this year’s project. Please join us for this event which is free and open to the public. 

The 2024 Art in the Loop Project is provided visual artistic guidance by Marissa Starke, who is serving in her second year as Visual Art Director for Art in the Loop. Marissa Starke is a non-profit executive with a distinguished, 13-year history of success in nonprofit management, corporate and community relations, and team leadership. A visionary leader with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry, Marissa has pioneered and led dozens of arts initiatives and programs across Missouri and Kansas, offering expertise in curation, community engagement, and arts advocacy.

The 2024 Art in the Loop Project is provided performance artistic guidance by Jade Osborne, who is serving in her second year as Performance Art Director for Art in the Loop. Jade Osborne is an international performance artist, arts activist, facilitator, mentor, and speaker. She has worked in non-profit education, served in AmeriCorps, and has been a Poet and Artist in Residence (Capoeira & Aerial Acrobatics). She was the first female Capoeira performer in the U.S. and in Hong Kong and helped pioneer aerial acrobatics in Kansas City with Voler – Thieves of Flight Performance Ensemble. 

Community, Sponsors & Supporters

Artists have played a key role in the revitalization of Downtown Kansas City over the past few decades and through programs like Art in the Loop, this will continue. In the words of renowned local artist Michael Toombs,  “Through projects like Art in the Loop, Downtown KC is becoming part of a highly visible cultural landscape that reminds us of who we are, as well as inspires us in who we are yet to become.” We have unique opportunities for your organization to connect with the community and support local artists through sponsorships and charitable donations. 

We appreciate the generous support of the KC Streetcar Authority, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, Stinson LLP, Copaken Brooks, UMB Bank, and the Kansas City Art Institute. This project is funded in part by ArtsKC, the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, with public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, as well as corporate sponsorships and philanthropic contributions. 

For more information contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Downtown Council and Executive Director of the Art in the Loop Foundation.

Special recognition and gratitude are due to the Kansas City Public Library and the foresight in bringing Tommi Laitio to Kansas City! We appreciate the support and participation of all our project partners including the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement Districts, KC Streetcar, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, City Market and Union Station.

For more information about the project and the artists, visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or https://www.instagram.com/artintheloop.

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Contacts:

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

Marissa Starke, Visual Arts Director, marissastarke@gmail.com (c) 816-519-4236

Jade Osborne, Performing Arts Director, jademuse@gmail.com

KC Streetcar

Donna Mandelbaum, Communications & Marketing Director, dmandelbaum@kcstreetcar.org,  816-877-3219

2024 ART IN THE LOOP PROJECT:  CONVIVENCIA

CALL FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS

Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is in search of performing artists to bring their creativity to Downtown Kansas City for the 2024 Art in the Loop Performance Series. 

Through a competitive, open-call process, AILF selects local artists to perform along and near the KC Streetcar route as well as at other sites in Downtown Kansas City. This performance series will feature multi-sensory performances such as spoken word, dance, music, improv, etc., while also highlighting the visual artworks installed along the KC Streetcar route. 

Artists will receive a stipend for their work and selected artists will perform at one of six Art in the Loop events: 

  • June 12th: Kick-off Ceremony at the Central Library
  • July 17th: Art Car Reveal + Art Ride onboard KC Streetcar
  • August 16th: 816 Day at City Market
  • September 18th: Early fall evening concert at Oppenstein Park
  • November 6th: Closing Reception at the Central Library

2024 Theme/Prompt: Convivencia

This year’s theme is convivencia (Spanish: to coexist with others through practicing the way we share space and resources despite our differences. To be “at ease” with difference.)

Convivencia is a space between harmony and conflict. It expresses a shared life with others that is a constant practice, effort, negotiation, and joint achievement while recognizing friction or opposing energy. 

We recognize that artists and creatives are very familiar with navigating space, energy, and time amongst one another and within their communities. 

Throughout Downtown Kansas City and on board the Kansas City Streetcar, we observe moments of Convivencia through the interactions of visitors, residents, workers, and commuters. 

This year we invite artists to share how they practice or observe convivencia. We challenge artists to explore moments that demonstrate the act of joint achievement and negotiation, whether that be in an abstract or a representational sense. 

We ask artists to consider the following prompts: Can we be at ease with difference? How do we share space with our community while balancing both harmony and conflict? How does this tension inform our work and practice? 

We are looking for artists to respond to this word, feeling and experience and to explore their vision of convivencia. 

Eligibility:

Professional artists, musicians, spoken-word artists, dance artists, social practice and other performers, at least 18 years of age residing within 50 miles of Kansas City are eligible. Artists must perform original work. Past performers are encouraged to re-apply. 

Art in the Loop Mission:

The mission of the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment, and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development, and expand public interaction with new art of excellence. AILF values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive art community.

To be considered, you may submit a proposal for either of the four following categories: 

Please review the details below. You may apply for multiple categories and events; however, you will have only one performance if you are selected. The categories are:

  1. Performing Arts: Music
  2. Performing Arts: Dance, Theater, Improv etc.
  3. Social Practice: Community or Public Engagement
  4. Literary Arts: Spoken Word, Poetry, etc.

How to apply:

Follow this link to the online application. In addition to a brief project proposal, you will be asked to provide a written artist statement and video or audio samples of past original work, no more than five minutes total. 

Requirements for selected artists:

  • Descriptive material and photo for the website – Artists will provide a brief written description of their work and provide a photo for the project website. 
  • PR and marketing materials – Artists will provide written content to assist in developing press releases, programs, and other materials. 
  • Attendance at the Kick-Off Event & Reception – Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. 
  • Attendance at the Closing Reception – Wednesday, November 6, 2024, at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. 

Art in the Loop will provide: 

  • Web presence for each project/performance on artintheloop.com 
  • Social media, PR, and other marketing and promotional efforts 
  • Logistical support and coordination with property owners and partners 
  • Documentation of projects (still photography and video as available) 
  • Printed summary catalog of entire project

Equipment Note: 

It is preferred that performance artists bring their own audio equipment. Access to electricity depends on the performance location. Artists should bring extension cords and other necessary equipment. For performances on board the KC Streetcar, artists must be able to perform acoustically or bring a battery-powered amplification system. 

2023 ART IN THE LOOP PROJECT PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

A. Performing Arts: Music

Open-call for musicians (solo artists, duos, bands, groups) to perform original music as part of Art in the Loop: Summer Performance Series. Each performance will last 30 minutes to one hour. A $750 artist’s fee will be provided. 

B. Performing Arts: Dance, Theatre, etc.

Open call for dance, theater, and/or other performers (solo artists and/or groups) to perform original performances as part of Art in the Loop: Summer Performance Series. Each performance should last 30 minutes to one hour. A $750 artist’s fee will be provided.  

C. Social Practice: Community or Public Engagement

Open-call for social practice artists (work that focuses on community engagement through performance or human interaction) to engage in Art in the Loop: Summer Performance Series. Each performance or community engagement should last 30 minutes to one hour. A $750 artist’s fee will be provided.  

D. Literary Arts: Spoken Word, Poetry, etc.

Open-call for Spoken Word and/or Poetry Performers (solo artists and/or groups) to perform original written works as part of Art in the Loop: Summer Performance Series. Each performance should last 30 minutes to one hour. An artist’s fee of $250 will be provided. 

 

Event Location Performance Dates Time Access to Electricity 
Kick-off Event Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th Street (Indoors) Wed., June 12 5:30 p.m. Yes
Art Car Reveal Kansas City Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. Wed., July 17 TBD Yes
Summer Performance Art Ride (onboard KC Streetcar) Wed., July 17 TBD No
816 Day Concert City Market (Outdoors) Fri., Aug. 16 5:30 p.m. Yes
Fall Performance Oppenstein Park, 12th & Walnut (Outdoors) Wed., Sept. 18 5:30 p.m. Yes
Closing Reception Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th Street (Indoors) Wed., Nov. 6 5:30 p.m. Yes

Contact Performing Art Director, Jade Osborne, jadeosborneart@gmail.com or Program Director, Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org with any questions.

Deadline for application is March 18, 2024 Click here to apply

Learn more at artintheloop.com

Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is in search of artists to bring their creativity to Downtown Kansas City for the 2024 Summer Public Art program (11th Annual).

Through a competitive, open-call process, AILF selects local artists to create temporary, site-specific work along and near the KC Streetcar route in Downtown Kansas City. Your artwork will be viewed by thousands of KC Streetcar riders and Downtowners daily! Selected artists will receive funds and project support to bring their big ideas alive for a 6-month outdoor program. 

2024 Theme/Prompt: Convivencia

This year’s theme is convivencia (Spanish: to coexist with others through practicing the way we share space and resources despite our differences. To be “at ease” with difference.)

Convivencia is a space between harmony and conflict. It expresses a shared life with others that is a constant practice, effort, negotiation, and joint achievement while recognizing friction or opposing energy. We recognize that artists and creatives are very familiar with navigating space, energy, and time amongst one another and within their communities. 

Throughout Downtown Kansas City and on board the KC Streetcar, we observe moments of Convivencia through the interactions of visitors, residents, workers, and commuters. 

This year we invite artists to share how they practice or observe convivencia. We challenge artists to explore moments that demonstrate the act of joint achievement and negotiation, whether that be in an abstract or a representational sense. 

We ask artists to consider the following prompts: Can we be at ease with difference? How do we share space with our community while balancing both harmony and conflict? How does this tension inform our work and practice? 

We are looking for artists to respond to this word, feeling and experience and to explore their vision of convivencia.

Eligibility, Requirements & Schedule:
Professional visual artists, or artist teams, art students, at least 18 years of age residing within 50 miles of Kansas City are eligible. Click here to learn more about the selection process, requirements, and schedule.

Art in the Loop Mission:
The mission of the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment, and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development, and expand public interaction with new art of excellence. AILF values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive art community.

To be considered, artists may submit a proposal for ANY of the FOUR following categories: 

Please review the details below. You may submit artwork for multiple categories; however, if you are selected, it will be for only one location.

  • KC Streetcar Wrap 
  • KC Streetcar Shelter (Within the Frame)
  • KC Streetcar Shelter (Live Painting)
  • KC Streetcar Sculpture + Shelter

To see examples of previous projects, please visit our website.

A. KC STREETCAR WRAP (Art Car)

Artists are invited to wrap one KC Streetcar vehicle with their artwork. If accepted you will be asked to provide a print-ready file at the appropriate dimensions. Click HERE for a downloadable pdf template and helpful tips to wrap the KC Streetcar. Please superimpose your idea on the streetcar digital file. This helps the selection committee see your artwork as you envision it on the streetcar.

One artist/artist team will be selected to wrap one streetcar.

The selected artist will be paid a fee of $2,500 to create the print-ready artwork. Art in the Loop will pay for printing, installing, and removing the artwork.

Click HERE for a downloadable pdf template and helpful tips on how to design a KC Streetcar.

B. KC STREETCAR SHELTER (Within the Frame)

Artists are invited to propose a 2-dimensional work to be displayed on a KC Streetcar Stop. Two artists/artist teams will be selected to install their works at a KC Streetcar Shelter. 

If accepted, you will be asked to provide a print-ready file at the appropriate dimensions. The display area dimensions are 61.25” x 166.75” for the larger streetcar stop shelters and 58.63” x 83.44” for the smaller streetcar stop shelters. The area for artwork on KC Streetcar shelters is on the back panel glass. The printed graphic may take an organic shape, or fit within the standard dimensions. Artwork does not need to take up the entire back-panel glass. The artwork is not to encroach on the blue frame.

We suggest considering the ambient light at the stops. Please note the artwork will be viewed from both sides of the shelter and should be visually interesting from either view. (Hint: check out previous artwork at KC Streetcar stops to get ideas HERE.)

Selected artists will be paid a fee of $1,000. Art in the Loop will pay for printing, installing and removing the artwork. Art in the Loop will also manage the installation process with the printing and installation company.

C. KC STREETCAR SHELTER (Live Painting)

One KC Streetcar stop will include a Live Painting installation. Artwork may be applied directly to the glass of the shelter. Artwork may also be installed in the area around a KC Streetcar stop; however, provisions must be made for accessibility and safety as well as permission granted by the KC Streetcar Authority and/or property owner. Additionally, all artwork must be able to be removed from the streetcar stop or adjacent area.

Proposals based in social practice and/or community engagement are encouraged. Social practice includes any artform that directly engages the community in collaboration and social interaction. Social practice works are often co-created with the public, with that collaborative aspect holding equal importance as the artwork itself. (Hint: check out previous artwork at KC Streetcar stops to get ideas HERE.)

Selected artists will be paid a fee of $1,500 (includes artist’s time, materials, installation, and removal costs).

D. KC STREETCAR SCULPTURE + SHELTER

One KC Streetcar stop will include a 3-dimensional installation/artwork. Artwork will be installed in the area around a KC Streetcar stop; however, provisions must be made for accessibility and safety as well as permission granted by the property owner. Additionally, all artwork must be able to be removed from the installation area and the streetcar stop. In addition to the Sculpture, we are asking artists to include an artwork or written artwork proposal for a KC Streetcar Shelter that amplifies their design and connects the audience with the artist and their artwork. (Hint: check out previous artwork at KC Streetcar stops to get ideas HERE.)

Selected artists will be paid a fee of $2,500 (includes artist’s time, materials, installation, and removal costs).

Deadline for application is March 18, 2024 Click here to apply 

Learn more at artintheloop.com


2024 ART IN THE LOOP APPLICATION GUIDELINES

DEADLINE: March 18 11:59 pm, CST

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: 

Professional visual artists, or artist teams, art students, at least 18 years of age residing within 50 miles of Kansas City are eligible. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. Eligible artists with a strong interest in working in the public realm are invited to submit qualifications to be considered.

SELECTION PROCESS:

A selection panel (arts professionals, community representatives and business leaders) will review materials received from qualified artists in response to this call for concepts. The final selection of proposals will also be dictated by availability of funding and final property owner approval.  

ART IN THE LOOP ENVISIONS THE ART WILL (BE):

  • Temporary (hours or few days) or semi-permanent (3-6 months)
  • Surprising, unconventional, thoughtful and fun
  • Engaging to the public and activating the environment
  • Encourage community engagement and interaction
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Not polemic or polarizing
  • Does not depict the likeness of specific individuals within the public realm

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Criteria will vary depending on skills required for project, but could include:

  • Originality of concept and aesthetic strength of proposal
  • Demonstration of experience in technique/materials to complete project
  • Education, training, awards, fellowships, or other evidence of creative practice

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS:

  • The Artist must be willing to collaborate with property owners.
  • Installation and removal will be scheduled with Art in the Loop.
  • Selected artists will be asked to adhere to the requirements described below

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • March 18, 2024 Application deadline
  • March – Selection Panel Meeting
  • AprilArtists notified of status in early April
  • AprilSign Contracts in mid April
  • MayInstall Artworks in late May
  • June 12, 2024  – Kick Off Event at Kansas City Public Library – Central
  • July 17, 2024Art Car Reveal/Ride
  • September  – Prepare and print catalog
  • October 12, 2024  – Art Walk
  • November 6, 2024Closing Reception at Kansas City Public Library – Central
  • Nov 15-Nov 31  – Remove Artworks*

*Some artwork may remain in place longer at the discretion of the property owner.

ARTIST REQUIREMENTS FOR SELECTED ARTISTS 

  • Descriptive material and photo for website – Artists will provide a brief written description of their work and provide a photo for the project website.
  • PR and marketing materials – Artists will provide written material to assist in developing press releases, programs and other materials.
  • Impact Statement – Artists will write a 500-word max statement about the impact of the project on their practice due no later than September 1.
  • Kick-Off Event – Scheduled for June 12, 2024, from 5-7 pm. at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. Artists are asked to attend.
  • Artwalk – Scheduled for October 12, 2024, from 2 – 4 pm. Artists are asked to participate in the annual Artwalk and speak about their work. 
  • Closing Reception – Scheduled for November 6, 2024, from 5 – 7 pm. Artists will attend and make a 2-minute presentation about their work for the project.
  • Artwork Removal: Artists working in 3-D will be responsible for removing their artwork in coordination with Art in the Loop and adjacent property owners. Art in the Loop will remove 2-D vinyl artwork.

ART IN THE LOOP WILL PROVIDE:

  • Web presence for each project on artintheloop.com
  • Social media, PR, and other marketing
  • Signage for each project
  • Logistical support and coordination with property owners and partners
  • Curatorial support
  • Documentation of projects (still photography and video as available)
  • Printed summary catalog of entire project

Contact Visual Art Director, Marissa Starke, marissastarke@gmail.com or Program Director, Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org with any questions.

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is in search of both visual and performing artists to bring their creativity to Downtown Kansas City for the 11th Annual Art in the Loop Project. Through a competitive, open-call process, AILF selects local artists to exhibit their artwork, create site-specific artwork, or perform along and near the KC Streetcar route as well as at other sites in Downtown Kansas City from May – November. 

2024 Theme: Convivencia

This year we are following the lead of the Kansas City Public Library, which brought Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow Tommi Laitio to kick off their year-long 150th Anniversary celebration. Laitio spoke on the importance of public spaces as places with convivencia – a Spanish word that means to coexist with others by sharing space and resources despite our differences. It can also be described as the space that exists between harmony and conflict. 

For 2024, Art in the Loop asks artists to respond to the word convivencia and what it means to them and their artwork. Convivencia is a shared life with others that is a constant practice, effort, negotiation, and joint achievement while recognizing friction or opposing energy. We recognize that artists and creatives are familiar with navigating space, energy, and time amongst one another and within their communities. 

Throughout Downtown Kansas City and on board the Kansas City Streetcar, we observe moments of convivencia through the interactions of visitors, residents, workers, and commuters. We invite artists to share how they practice or observe convivencia. We challenge artists to explore moments that demonstrate the act of joint achievement and negotiation, whether that be in an abstract or a representational sense. 

This year we ask artists to consider the following prompts: Can we be at ease with difference? How do we share space with our community while balancing both harmony and conflict? How does this tension inform our work and practice? We are looking for artists to respond to this word, feeling, and experience and to explore their vision of convivencia. 

The application requires a written description of your proposal, a concept, and a short narrative about your goals for public engagement. Stipends range from $250-$2,500 depending on the category. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 18, 11:59 CST. Applications must be made online via the application portal.

Visual Artists

AILF asks local artists to create temporary, site-specific work along and near the KC Streetcar route in Downtown Kansas City. Your artwork will be viewed by thousands of KC Streetcar riders and Downtowners daily! Selected artists will receive funds and project support to bring their artwork alive for a 6-month outdoor program. Click here for the call for visual artists. 

This year visual artists may submit proposals in 4 categories:

  • KC Streetcar Wrap
  • KC Streetcar Shelter (Within the Frame)
  • KC Streetcar Shelter (Live Painting)
  • KC Streetcar Sculpture + Shelter 

For information about eligibility, the selection process, evaluation criteria, and important dates, review the application guidelines. Applicants are also encouraged to learn about artist projects from previous years. Annual catalogs from past years’ programs can be found here. Questions may be directed to Visual Arts Director, Marissa Starke, marissastarke@gmail.com.

Performance Artists

This performance series will feature multi-sensory performances such as spoken word, dance, music, improv, social practice, etc., while also highlighting the visual artworks installed along the KC Streetcar route. Click here for the call for performance artists. 

Artists will receive a stipend for their work and selected artists will perform at one of six Art in the Loop events including 

  • Art Car Reveal at Union StationKick-off Ceremony at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library
  • Art Ride Event onboard KC Streetcar
  • 816 Day at City Market
  • Evening concert at Oppenstein Park 
  • Closing Reception at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library 

For information about eligibility, the selection process, evaluation criteria, and important dates, review the application guidelines. Applicants are also encouraged to learn about artist projects from previous years. Annual catalogs from past years’ programs can be found here. Questions may be directed to Performance Art Director, Jade Osborne, jadeosborneart@gmail.com.

Information Sessions

Learn more about the calls at an information session (all meetings will be hybrid, in-person and Zoom):

  • Wednesday, February 21 from 11 – 12 pm at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art –  Click here to register
  • Thursday, February 22 from 6 – 7:00 pm, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS – Click here to register
  • Thursday, February 29, from 6 – 7 pm a the AI Hub 511 Delaware Street Suite 50 KCMO – Click here to register
  • Wednesday, March 6 from 6 – 7 pm, at Charlotte Street Foundation, 3333 Wyoming Street – Click here to register

Community, Sponsors & Supporters

Artists have played a key role in the revitalization of Downtown Kansas City over the past few decades and this will continue. In the words of renowned local artist Michael Toombs,  “Through projects like Art in the Loop, Downtown KC is becoming part of a highly visible cultural landscape that reminds us of who we are, as well as inspires us in who we are yet to become.” We have unique opportunities for your organization to connect with the community and support local artists through sponsorships and charitable donations. 

We appreciate the generous support of the KC Streetcar Authority, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction, Stinson LLP, Copaken Brooks, UMB Bank, and the Kansas City Art Institute. This project is funded in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, as well as by awards from the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC, and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts – Commerce Bank Trustee and other philanthropic supporters. 

For more information contact: Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Downtown Council and Executive Director of the Art in the Loop Foundation. 

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

The Lawrence Arts Center, in collaboration with LiveWell Douglas County and the City of Lawrence Department of Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture, is seeking a professional artist or artist teams to develop a long-lasting, innovative, original work of art to honor the Mexican American community of La Yarda, a housing unit created by the Santa Fe Railroad to house workers from 1920-51. The artwork will be installed on the Lawrence Lawrence Loop trail system in East Lawrence within a few blocks proximity of where the La Yarda neighborhood once stood. Emerging artists are encouraged to apply in collaboration with more established artists and/or fabricators. Community engagement will be an important part of this project and artists with cultural connections to history are especially welcome.

The total anticipated public art project budget is $35,000. This not-to-exceed total must cover all costs associated with the design, fabrication, installation, infrastructure, site preparation, site visits, and other related expenses.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Interested artists should enter and submit their application materials, listed below by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, March 15, 2024.

For more information visit https://www.findinglayarda.com/publicart or contact Marlo Angell, marlo@lawrenceartscenter.org or
785-843-2787 ext. 132

2023 ART IN THE LOOP CLOSING RECEPTION
Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library Central Library

14  West 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri

Join with friends and colleagues as we celebrate the 2023 Art in the Loop Project: Celebrate The curated outdoor exhibition, staged in partnership with KC Streetcar, concludes with an in-person reception, illustrated review, and reflection on the year’s artwork and performances. Art in the Loop organizers and participants will look back on the artistic works and performances featured from June to October.

The evening will include a reception with live music by Kirstie Lynn and Galen Clark from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m followed by a presentation highlighting this year’s art installations and performances, including first-hand accounts from selected artists from 6- 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with an additional performance by Lynn & Clark.

2023 Visual Artists

  • Adrianne Clayton
  • Arin Yoon
  • BubbleGum Kurt
  • Fred Trease
  • Isaiah Lee
  • Kaitlyn B. Jones
  • Khyneesha Edwards
  • Madeline Marak

2023 Performing Artists

  • Alber
  • Circus Scorpius
  • Encodetherobot
  • Kansas City Dance Collective
  • Kirstie Lynn and Galen Clark
  • Mimi Nichole
  • Soundz of Samba
  • The Swallowtails
  • Tristian Griffin Dance Collective
  • True Lions
  • Underground Homies
  • Zee Underscore

Art in the Loop is designed to make cultural experiences available to downtown residents, visitors, workers, and anyone who finds their way in downtown Kansas City. This art exhibition and performance series was financially supported by the KCMO-Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund, Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC, the KC Streetcar Authority, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Downtown Community Improvement District and many generous corporate sponsors including Stinson, Copaken Brooks, JE Dunn Construction,  Henderson Engineers, and UMB, as well as the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank Trustee, and the Kansas City Art Institute.  We also appreciate the support of our site partners, Kansas City Public Library, City Market, and Union Station.

The best way to get to the Art in the Loop closing reception is by KC Streetcar. Just hop on and ride to the Library streetcar stop at 9th & Main.  If driving, parking is available in the Library garage on Baltimore.

Click here to RSVP. Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, with any questions.