Yesterday, Art in the Loop kicked off its 2020 exhibition in Downtown Kansas City with an online event.

Every artist in this year’s program provided a two-minute video about their artwork and what it means to them to be part of this amazing program. Additionally, there are interviews with artistic director, Bo Hubbard; director, Ann Holliday; and Donna Mandelbaum, KC Streetcar Communications Director. The kick-off video runs a bit over 40 mins but it is well worth the watch to better understand what this year’s program is all about and how it is making an impact on local artists and Kansas City.
More so than ever, Art is needed.

 


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; Arts KC;  and private contributions. To make a contribution visit http://artintheloop.com/support or contact ann@downtownkc.org.

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, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop.

The 2020 Art in the Loop map is now available! Take a self guided tour of 10 artworks by local Kansas City artists using the map below as your guide. This is an opportunity to experience new artwork at a time when many galleries and museums remain closed. You can take KC Streetcar and walk, grab some curbside snacks or pop in a restaurant while your at it. This is a free, family friendly experience.

Each artwork includes a title sign providing additional information. You can also find more information about the artists on our website artintheloop.com.

You can also learn more about the program and hear from each individual artist by attending our virtual kick-off event on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30. Register and learn more at: https://2020artintheloop.eventbrite.com

 

Join us for the 2020 Art in the Loop Kick-Off event on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30 to 6:30.  The event will take place online as a YouTube premiere with live chat enabled.  During the event, the 10 participating artists and artist teams will share insights about their art in a series of 2-minute videos interspersed with updates about the program. We are looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate these artists and the impact of public art on Kansas City.

Register at https://2020artintheloop.eventbrite.com 

Click here for the YouTube Premiere Channel

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 September:

Contact Ann Holliday, Art in the Loop Director with any questions about the event.


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; Arts KC;  and private contributions. 

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, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop.

The Arts Council of Johnson County is working on a collaborative art exhibition with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  Their goal is for the show to feature a variety of diverse experiences, perspectives and voices from our community.

About the Exhibition:
The Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County Museum and Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center announce a call for entry for our collaborative exhibition:  Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Artists Respond to Covid-19

The arts have the remarkable ability to create a sense of togetherness, belonging, and community. They can help decrease stress, loneliness, and anxiety. They can provide opportunities to reflect, process experiences and feelings, imagine what our future might look like, and connect us through our common humanity.

In this exhibit, local artists will be asked to create a reflection of their experiences and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic and to consider the pandemic as a catalyst toward change. This show will complement the temporary exhibit, Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times, presented by the Johnson County Museum.

Artwork voted on by the public and approved by the Johnson County Museum Collections Committee will become part of the Johnson County Museum’s permanent collection as part of its Collecting COVID-19 initiative. The winning artist(s) will be awarded a financial prize. (Note: Artists have the option to opt-out of the competition.)

Deadline: Submissions are due July 15th.
Eligibility: Artists must have a connection to Johnson County: Current or Former Johnson County Residence, Attend School in Johnson County, Work in Johnson County, etc. Include this information in the submission. There is no entry fee.

Click here to view the full call. 

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.