The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to announce the artists who were selected for the 2020 Art in the Loop Project. This year marks the seventh for the Art in the Loop Project and includes artwork based on photography, painting, digital animation, sculpture, and more.

The 2020 Art in the Loop Project is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks presented in partnership with the KC Streetcar Authority.  The following artists’ works will be displayed at streetcar stops, along the streetcar route and wrapping a streetcar vehicle from May through September.

“This year we took away the project theme to allow artists greater freedom. We are thrilled to present artwork representing a variety of mediums, themes and aesthetics” said Bo Hubbard, art director for Art in the Loop.   “You will see a playful reinvention of ginger as a giant sculpture and imagined landscapes presented via digital animation.”

“There is art that inspires and brings communities together, art focused on color and light filtering and artwork examining race and literature. There is art inspired by abstract quilt patterns, art raising awareness about planaria and their role in scientific advances, art about family history, virtual connections and human connections across social and political divides.” (Click on the names of the artists for more information and concept images.)

Artist and Art Installations:

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 70 applications and selected 10 artists teams for the first phase of the 2020 Art in the Loop Project.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the three performance-based works selected by the panel will be announced in a second phase.  The pandemic has impacted our ability to produce place-based performance art; it has also resulted in a decrease in funding from government-related sources. The team is working to raise enough funds via private donations and corporate contributions to announce a second phase of Art in the Loop to include performance-based work and the Streetcar Summer Sounds music series later this summer.  Click here to learn more about how you can support Art in the Loop or make a donation.

The pandemic has also caused us to postpone our Kick-Off event which was originally planned for June 3. The event will be rescheduled and reimagined to coincide with Artist Walks and performances later in the summer. Information will be posted on our website and social media.

The 2020 Art in the Loop Project is provided artistic guidance by Bo Hubbard, who is serving in his second year as art director for the organization.  Hubbard is a local artist and organizer and a second-year resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) and a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s (KCAI) Painting Department where he currently works as an admissions counselor. Hubbard’s solo studio practice has recently been spent creating rugs and discovering the process of machine tufting. With the rugs, he is investigating color, shape, and composition to create surreal, abstract landscapes.

The 2020 Art in the Loop Project is made possible through the generous support of the KC Streetcar Authority; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Missouri Arts Council; ArtsKC;  and private contributions. 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, the KC Streetcar, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Union Station, the City Market, and the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

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

Bo Hubbard, Art Director, bhubbard@kcai.edu

KC Streetcar

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

out of sight, but out on my mind by Ari Bonner.

So Long and Good Luck, Megan Ganey

 

Hope & Gratitude by Ada Koch. Partial concept image provided by the artist

 

Waiting Rooms by Barry Anderson, Image from animation in development provided by the artist.

 

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking input from the community in an effort to create aw vision for public art at the new KCI Airport terminal and parking garage. In lieu of the in-person meetings, the City has provided an online presentation and survey.

Please take this opportunity to learn more about the opportunity and share opinions. Public comments and feedback can be submitted via the survey link at the end of the presentation. The survey will be available online through April 20, 2020.

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

For more information please visit buildkci.com/art.

For additional feedback or questions, email james.martin@kcmo.org or artsbuildkci@gmail.com.

Do you miss attending performances, visiting art galleries, and other cultural activities? Then check out ArtsKCgo.com – you will find an extensive list of new virtual events to experience and enjoy.

The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a devastating economic impact on the arts and culture industry in our region. Individual artists are now without work, and arts organizations have had to cancel performances and events, including current First Friday exhibitions. This created a loss of revenue for our sector that is unprecedented in modern times.

For more information about how you can play a role in the recovery of our arts community, please visit ArtsKC.org.

Kansas City area artists, the City of Kansas City, Missouri has a new opportunity for you!

The City, through its One Percent for Art program, seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design art for the new Kansas City Regional Law Enforcement Memorial Garden.

During the design process, the selected artist(s) will coordinate with key stakeholders to develop a thoughtful artwork for a memorial garden. The goal of this art installation is to integrate a work of art into the garden that will honor fallen officers and their families.

Click here for more information about the project: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7580

The total budget available for this project is $20,000. The RFQ deadline is 11:59 PM CDT, Friday, April 24, 2020.

Artist Eligibility
Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age are eligible, with a preference for artists based in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri, or Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas. Demonstrated experience working with diverse community stakeholders is desired.  Full-time, permanent City of Kansas City, Missouri employees, project consultants and their employees and sub-consultants are ineligible to apply.

All applications must be submitted by following the instructions listed at the City of Kansas City Missouri’s Online Contract Advertising System at http://city.kcmo.org/kc/ads/default.aspx using the “Art RFQ/Ps” drop-down menu. A free profile at www.callforentry.org (“CaFE”) will be required to complete the application process. At the CaFE website you will be asked to submit a letter of interest, your resume/CV, examples of your past work and an image list that provides details about the examples of past work that you submit.

Earlier this month, Mayor Lucas submitted his proposed budget for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.  Click here to read the transmittal letter which summarizes the budget and click here to find the entire $1.73 billion budget. The budget provides funding for increases to Public Safety for more police officers, increases to Public Works for street repairs, increases to Neighborhood and Housing Services for trash collection and recycling, and also provides $4.8 million for free transit. This laudable effort focuses on improving basic services and deferred maintenance.

Unfortunately, the proposed budget also recommends defunding the Office of Culture & Creative Services, decreasing funding for the Film Office and local film incentives, decreasing funding for ArtsTech, decreasing funding for the Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund which supports many cultural activities and decreasing funding for other small business and innovation efforts.

In 2013, the City adopted the citizen-led Arts Convergence Plan, the first cultural master plan for our city which also established the Office of Culture and Creative Services.  This plan was the result of a huge community process and should not be disregarded.  Additionally, if the Office of Culture and Creative Services is dismantled, we will fall behind our peer cities who all have similar offices that provide benefits to their citizens.

The Art in the Loop Foundation supports retaining Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services and KC Film Office’s Incentive program.  These programs ensure arts, culture and creativity have a voice across City Departments and have reaped dividends for the citizens and businesses of Kansas City.  According to ArtsKC’s recent analysis:

A dedicated office of culture and creative services inspires and drives:

  • $250 million in arts and culture economic impact in KCMO
  • $20 million in direct government revenue for the City of Kansas City, MO
  • 8,000 jobs in the City of Kansas City, MO

The KC Film Office’s incentive program has:

  • Given project assistance to more than 1,000 projects, with an economic impact of $50 million.
  • Incentivized film projects to hire locally, creating thousands of job opportunities in 6 years.
  • Given bonuses to projects that feature local artists or organizations—further boosting our area.

We stand with our local artists and creatives in requesting Kansas City’s Mayor and City Council to continue investment in these programs.  Click here for additional information: KCMO Budget Advocacy Packet.

There is still time to show your support for the arts.  The City has two more budget hearings scheduled – these meetings allow time for citizens to share their concerns:

We encourage you to attend these meetings and let your voice be heard.

 

 

 

The Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD) and Paslay Management Group (PMG), in coordination with the City of Kansas City Missouri’s One Percent for Art Program, are seeking up to five (5) Kansas City metro-based professional artists (visual and/or performance) to innovatively and thoughtfully collaborate and contribute to the design process for the New Terminal and Parking at KCI. This is a meaningful opportunity for Kansas City-based artists to participate in a significant design process for a major city project.

Up to five (5) Project Advisory Artists will be contracted to participate and will serve on the design planning team with KCAD staff, KCMO City staff, stakeholders and additional sub-consultants.

Length of Commitment: The anticipated length for the Project Advisory Artists’ involvement is three months (approx. 30 hours), approximately March 2020 through May 2020.

Compensation: The total budget available per each Project Advisory Artist for this project is not to exceed $3,000. Each Project Advisory Artist will be contracted at $100/hour, not to exceed $3,000. This is inclusive of all time at meetings and any expenses such as transportation to the meetings or other reimbursables.

For eligibility and to learn more, visit http://city.kcmo.org/kc/Ads/Default.aspx. In the AD CATEGORY pull-down menu, go to “Art RFQ/Ps.” Press the search button. In the next window, press the Attachments button, and then download “Project No. 62180498 – RFQ/P – New Single Terminal Airport – Consulting Individuals with Artistic Background.” To submit your qualifications, follow the instructions inside the RFQ document. Please submit the requested materials and inquiries to .

Submissions due by 5:00pm CST February 21, 2020

Please note that the participating Project Advisory Artists will not be eligible to submit for the One Percent (1%) for Art Program for the New Single Terminal and Parking at KCI project.

For more FAQ information, visit https://www.buildkci.com/public-art-program/.

Interested in learning more about the 2020 Art in the Loop Call for Artists?  Join us at one of the following information session to learn more about the process:

Tuesday, February 11
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Capsule
1664 Broadway
Click here to RSVP

Wednesday, February 12
12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
KC Streetcar – “Kite” Singleton Yard
600 East 3rd Street
(This session will include a brief tour and is limited to 25)
Click here to RSVP

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the community through an exhibition of public artwork and performances along the KC Streetcar route in Downtown Kansas City from May 1 through September 30, 2020.  Artists using all media are encouraged to apply.

This year artists may submit proposals for one of three categories, KC Streetcar Stop Call, Open Call Along the KC Streetcar Route, or Wrap a Streetcar + Big Idea Call. Artists are encouraged to read the new call for artists which can be found at https://www.artintheloop.com/opportunities/2020-call-for-artists/

The application requires a written description of your proposal, budget and a short narrative about your goals for public engagement.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 17, 11:59 CST.  Applications must be made online via the application portal.

For information about eligibility, selection process, evaluation criteria and important dates, review the application guidelines.

Applicants are encouraged to learn about artist projects from previous years.  Annual catalogs from past years programs can be found here.

Questions may be directed to Art in the Loop Art Director, Bo Hubbard, bhubbard@kcai.edu, or Program Director, Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org.

 

Macrocosmos Caterpillar: Monarch Streetcar by Christina Berolos and Amanda Gehin, 2019 Art in the Loop Project.

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the community through an exhibition of public artwork and performances along the KC Streetcar route in Downtown Kansas City from May 1 through September 30, 2020.  Artists using all media are encouraged to apply.

This year artists may submit proposals for one of three categories, KC Streetcar Stop Call, Open Call Along the KC Streetcar Route, or Wrap a Streetcar + Big Idea Call. Artists are encouraged to read the new call for artists which can be found at https://www.artintheloop.com/opportunities/2020-call-for-artists/

The application requires a written description of your proposal, budget and a short narrative about your goals for public engagement.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 17, 11:59 CST.  Applications must be made online via the application portal.

For information about eligibility, selection process, evaluation criteria and important dates, review the application guidelines.

Applicants are encouraged to learn about artist projects from previous years.  Annual catalogs from past years programs can be found here.

Questions may be directed to Art in the Loop Art Director, Bo Hubbard, bhubbard@kcai.edu, or Program Director, Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org.

 

 

Quality studio spaces are disappearing from prime areas in Kansas City. Artists and their art have enhanced and rejuvenated areas, communities, and businesses only to have their studio spaces face increased rents, or have their buildings re-purposed to attract a different clientele.

Nationally businesses, communities, and patrons are hosting art studios, residencies, galleries, and pop-up performances to help support artists. What can we do in Kansas City to support our artists?

If you’re a business owner, a patron of the arts, or an artist, you won’t want to miss the conversation. Join us Thursday, January 16 at 21C Museum Hotel.

Panelists:

  • Suzie Aron
  • Philip Botana
  • Dylan Mortimer
  • Rachelle Gardner-Roe
  • Moderator, Simon Kuo

Reservations required.  Click here to register.

Art in the Loop Artists

The Art in the Loop Foundation would like to thank our 2019 artists, musicians, partners, funders, volunteers, organizers and audience for participating the “Make/Believe” project this past summer.

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. This past summer, AILF continued its partnership with KC Streetcar, KCMO Parks Department, Downtown Council and KC Public Library to enrich Downtown KC through the Make/Believe Project. Local artists created works that invited the public to interact with the exuberance, vitality, whimsy, and magic that art can bring. Each artwork presented viewers with the opportunity to imagine, to make-believe, for a moment during each day.

Art in the Loop has fostered growth within the downtown community, enriching commuter routes and parks with public artwork. This work has a potent impact on the space it occupies and part of Art in the Loop’s mission is to encourage the community to engage with these spaces as much as possible. Our community engagement programs offer insight into artist practice and the story behind the work. 

We appreciate the on-going support of our sponsors and contributors as well funding from the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Click here to download a copy of our 2019 Art in the Loop Catalog.

Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, if you would like more information about Art in the Loop.  The 2020 call for artists will be released in January!

Ayllu performed at the Closing Reception.

Ayllu performed at the 2019 Closing Reception.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library Central Library
14 West 10th Street

Celebrate what made the 2019 Art in the Loop Project: Make/Believe great. The curated outdoor exhibition, staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and KC Streetcar, wraps up with a reception, illustrated review, and reflection on this year’s artwork and performances.

Art in the Loop organizers and participants look back on the artistic works and performances featured from May to September. A presentation highlights all the offerings, and selected artists present their works and discuss their experiences. Click here for more information about the 2019 Art in the Loop Project and its artists.

The celebration will include a performance by Ayllu, a local band mixing both traditional and contemporary instruments to create music with traditional Latin references as well as rock, folk and contemporary sounds.

Art in the Loop is designed to make cultural experiences available to downtown residents, visitors, and workers. The closing event is co-presented by Downtown Council, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

Click here to RSVP.

A Wonka-Riffic Trip: Spoken word poet and performer, Sheri Purpose Hall is creating her own rendition of the masterpiece Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The original story enthralled us, the images that Roald Dahl created and the movie interpretations have solidified the fantasy of Willy Wonka’s candy emporium. Now Sheri Purpose Hall is reinventing these stories with a contemporary urgency and a new and profound strength.

A Wonka-Riffic trip: The Tunnel, The Boat, The Words, The Music— Travel through a Wonka-Riffic tunnel of words, sounds, and images twisting fantasy and reality together. The show combines the poetry of Charlotte Street’s 2019 Generative Performing Artist Sheri Purpose Hall and the music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory performed by a live band. This work will re-envision our current state as a nation and city through poetry and music and nostalgia.

Join us at the Union Station Streetcar Stop for our final Art in the Loop performance of this year. Our world can be as smooth as chocolate and sweet as candy, so join in to make it happen; Saturday, September 7 at 7 p.m.

Click here to add this event to your calendar

After this event, the closing reception on Wednesday November 6 will wrap up this incredible year of Art in the Loop. To find out more about the closing reception, visit us at artintheloop.com.