Due to forecasted rain, this performance will take place in Kirk Hall at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 West 10th Street.  You can still enjoy your lunch with the performance; food will be available for purchase at the Central Library coffee shop , the Nine Muses.  They offer sandwiches, salads, house made snack packs plus baked goods from scratch. The food trucks will remain in Oppenstein Park.


Join artist Timothy Amundson, Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness for a performance of Water Yield  on Thursday, July 28, from 11:30-1:30, in Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, 12th & Walnut.

Amundson will bring an exhibition of photo-sculptures to the park on Thursday creating a virtual tour of Turkey Creek.  Empty space between the flags will be activated for a participatory exploration with an immersive soundscape and artifacts gathered at the creek.

Come hungry, food trucks will include Cajun Cabin ( and KC Pinoy (

For more information about the artist and artwork visit

For more information about Art in the Loop visit


Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong

Photo, Copyright 2008 Mike Strong

The Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music will perform on Friday, July 29, from 11:30-1:30 in Ilus Davis Park at 11th and Oak  as part of the Art in the Park project.

Dance is the universal language of the world. Dance is a way of expression, an identity. As with most traditions, dance is different around the world, in every country that you travel to. Certain genres can identify a particular destination, a way of life. As with music, it is highly emotive.

Hema Sharma is the artistic director of Nritya, founded in 1988. Nritya is a versatile company of dancers who work primarily in the South Indian Classical dance style called Bharatha Natyam, and folk dances. Nritya produces dynamic and captivating programs that appeal to all ages.

Enjoy lunch with food trucks Estrella Azul  and Greg-Co BBQ.



Nationally known artist Neil Goss will present a demonstration of backstrap weaving at noon on Friday, July 29th ; the demonstration will be in Ilus Davis Park, 11th and Oak. This presentation coincides with Art in the Park, an outdoor exhibit of several artworks, including Goss’s Hempen Support: Vines of Passion.

Backstrap weaving is a method of weaving used for over 5000 years by indigenous people in Central and South America and the Philippines. In this method, parallel sticks hold the loom’s vertical base in place, with one end attached to a tree or post and the other wrapped around the back of the weaver’s body. Backstrap weaving is the method by which Goss created the work that is part of this year’s Art in the Park exhibit. The method is ever-popular, and people travel to Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru for vacation workshops.



The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the Downtown Council, KC Streetcar and City of Kansas City, Missouri, features 25 temporary artworks and performances in Oppenstein and Ilus Davis parks and at stops along KC’s new streetcar route.  We look forward to providing you with a weekly schedule of performances.  Events and performances for this week include:

Kickoff Program and Reception
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library-Central Library
14 West 10th Street

As the series ramps up, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and educator who lives and works in Kansas City. A reception immediately follows the program.  Learn more about the event and RSVP here.


Traveling Tunes
performed by Betse & Clark
Thursday, July 21, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park

Musical adventurers Betse & Clarke will present historical and modern songs about transportation inspired by the new KC Streetcar. Performing on fiddle and banjo, the duo will create a connection between past and present.  Enjoy lunch with local favorite food trucks: Saac Lunch and Estrella Azul.

Charlotte Street Performing Arts Showcase

Friday, July 22, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present a free Performing Arts Showcase featuring Mackenzie Reed, Brian Padavic, Arnold Young, Amado Espinoza, Catherinette (Cody Kauhl & Mikaela Sullivan), and Joshua Williams/Shades of Jade.  Inspired by the evolving landscape of our city, the residents’ performances are a response to the ever-changing, developing landscape of Downtown, Kansas City. Performances range from improvisational jazz to folk-influenced sound, experiments with self-made instruments, theatrically performative piano compositions, and collaborative/multidisciplinary approaches to music and performance. Click here for the showcase schedule of events.

For more information about the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect, visit Contact Ann Holliday, program director,, or Jessica Borusky, curator,, with any questions.



The Inspired Pedestrians

Join us for an innovative dance performance organized by Kansas City artist Elizabeth Stehling on Friday, July 15, 12 noon at the Kansas City Streetcar Union Station Stop.  The performance will start at Union Station and end at the Kauffman Center NB Stop.

Stehling is inspired by the new opportunity the streetcar provides for pedestrian connections. The Kansas City streetcars will give new opportunities for pedestrian connection. “The Inspired Pedestrians” is a video and performance project capturing an idealized dance of pedestrian traffic.

The performance will be enacted by acclaimed dancers from the Kansas City Ballet including Joshua Bodden, Ivan Braatz, Miranda Dafoe, Tempe Ostergen and Molly Wagner. Ostergen and Wagner recently danced the legendary role of Odette/Odile in the Kansas City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake earlier this year.

Click here for additional program details and credits.


Headshot_StehlingAbout the artist

Elizabeth Stehling’s artwork explores relationships between people using dance and gesture. She has shown her short films at festivals and galleries across the country. Stehling earned her M.F.A. from The Pratt Institute in 2010 and moved to Kansas City in 2015. Learn more about Elizabeth at

About the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect

Art in the Loop is partnering with the KC Streetcar Authority, KCMO-Office of Culture and Creative Services, KCMO-Neighborhood Tourism and Development Fund, KCMO-Municipal Art Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and many corporate sponsors to create a curated outdoor art exhibition and series of performance in Downtown Kansas City, July -September, 2016.

Learn more about the 25 projects at and check out our event listings at

Don’t miss our Art in the Loop Kick Off Program & Reception, Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 at the KC Public Library, Central Library. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule of summer art installations and performances by local artists who were selected for “Art in the Loop Project: Connect.”  This year marks the third year for the Art in the Loop Project and includes new partnerships and new Downtown Kansas City, Missouri locations, that provide more opportunities for audiences to interact with and enjoy the work of local artists.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect infuses the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. The project also creates opportunities for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support. 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks and performances presented in four locations Downtown:

  1. Ilus Davis Park at 11th and Oak;
  2. KC Streetcar stops, located along Main Street between 4th Street and Pershing Road;
  3. Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park at 12th and Walnut; and
  4. Prairie Logic on the Green Roof, 6th floor above Cosentino’s grocery store at 13th and Main.

Art in Ilus Davis Park:

The Municipal Art Commission of the City of Kansas City, MO, through a competitive selection process, chose eight local artists (see list below) to activate Ilus Davis Park from June through September with temporary artworks and performances. Food trucks will be on site for lunchtime purchases. In the event of rain, performances will take place in the JE Dunn parking garage, 10th and Locust.

Artists and Art Installations

  • Chris Dahlquist, Laundry Day
  • Matthew Elsom & Garth Britzman, Superfurniture
  • Neil Goss, Hempen Support: Vines of Passion
  • Kati Toivanen, Hopscotch

Performances (Final Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. )

  • Amado Espinoza and the theatrical collective We are the Landscape perform Inti Raymi or “Festival of the Sun” on June 24
  • Hema Sharma and The Nritya School of Dance perform Dances & Music of India on July 29
  • Matthew Bennett, string quartet performs Then & Now on August 26
  • Lauren Thompson, choreographer, Jonathan Robertson, composer and Tom Hipp, videographer create Downtown Replay on September 30

Art on the Line (KC Streetcar stops):

Art in the Loop is partnering with the KC Streetcar Authority to install the following temporary installations and performances at streetcar stops from July through September:

Artist and Art Installations

  • Rachelle Gardner-Roe, I See You (Power & Light District Stop – Northbound)
  • Andrew Lattner, Alternating Currents (Metro Center Stop/Petticoat Lane)
  • m.o.i., minister of information, rail – bike – rail (Library Stop – Southbound)
  • Rickey Moss, Imagine That!, Intersections (Kauffman Center Stop)
  • Lauren Thompson, Life Turning [Tentative]
  • White Art Studio, SOUNDSHAPES (Power & Light District Stop – Southbound)

Performances (Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p. m.)

  • Elizabeth Stehling, dance performance, The Inspired Pedestrians, starts at Union Station, July 15
  • Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra, Streetcar SoundTracks: Recycled World Duo, Metro Center Stop, August 12
  • Jon Johnson directs improvisational theatrical performance, Connections, starts at Union Station, August 19
  • Mnemosyne Quartet produces Transient Harmony, a music and sound performance at the Power & Light District and Library Stops, September 2
  • Beau Bledsoe and Ensemble Iberica perform Cubanisms, River Market West Stop, September 9
  • Stacy Busch, composes and presents Soundtrack for the City, location and date to be announced

Art in the Loop (Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park & Prairie Logic):

Artist performances in Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and Prairie Logic take place from June through August.  Food trucks will be on site in Oppenstein Park.  

Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, 12th & Walnut (Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

  • Betse & Clarke perform Traveling Tunes on fiddle and banjo, July 21
  • Timothy Amundson, Turkey Creek Institute for Phenomenal Awareness, presents Water Yield, a photo installation and performance lecture, Install: Jul 18- Aug 5, Performance: July 28
  • Annette Billings, poet presents A Net Full of Hope, August 11
  • Alison Moyna Greene, presents Walking, Eggshells, Mandala, an ephemeral day-long installation and performance, August 18
  • Maura Garcia, performs Ahwisgvsgo’i, a multimedia project about indigenous traditions, August 25

Prairie Logic on the Green Roof (a permanent art installation by Janet Zweig and el dorado inc, that serves as a performance space)

  • UMKC Conservatory Composition Workshop led by Paul Rudy, performs, Improvisation Illogic, Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm
  • Daniel Morel leads, Kansas City Calling, a musical happening featuring the Jibrish Horn Quartet and members of the UMKC Conservatory Horn Studio, date to be announced.

A presentation by the 25 participating artists, moderated by Jessica Borusky, will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library located at 14 West 10th Street.  A reception follows the presentation. This event is co-hosted by the Kansas City Public Library, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri and the Municipal Art Commission of the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect is made possible through the generous support of the KCMO – Office of Culture & Creative Services, the KC Streetcar Authority, the KCMO-Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund, the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, as well as our corporate sponsors.

For more information about the project, the artists and performance schedule visit,, or

The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) will host an open house on Thursday, May 12 from, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will showcase KCDC’s Art in the Loop Vision Study, Downtown Recycling System Vision Study and Connecting the Dottes Study.  KCDC architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning students will be on hand to discuss their project.  Brief remarks will be made by the project leaders and sponsors at 6 p.m.

The Art in the Loop Foundation partnered with the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) and the Downtown Council to develop a vision and master plan for working with artists to activate public spaces in Downtown Kansas City.  One of the goals of the project was to consider how public art (temporary or permanent) can play a role in making the Downtown Loop (Central Business District) more walkable, authentic, safe and connected.

For more information about Art in the Loop contact Ann Holliday, For more information about the open house contact Sarah Kraly,

Directions to KCDC
The Kansas City Design Center is located at 1018 Baltimore, a convenient 1 1/2 blocks from the KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop (  If you are driving on-street and garage parking is available in the vicinity.

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking is seeking a creative and committed intern to assist with communications and summer arts program in coordination with our partner organizations the Downtown Council (DTC) and the Downtown Community Improvement District (DCID).

The primary responsibilities are to engage with the Downtown Kansas City community, including residents, employees and visitors and the Art in the Loop projects and artists. You will work with the artists and staff to develop content for and related social media. You will have the opportunity to gain resume-worthy experience in areas such as social media planning and creative writing. You will also photo-document the art installations and performances and upload key images to the The intern needs to be able to resize/post/upload documentation to the DTC/DCID/AILF photo database, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

A stipend will be provided at the completion of the internship. We will work to create a valuable experience for the intern that includes mentorship and the development of skills and knowledge that will benefit you in the future.

Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

Dates: Friday, April 29, 6PM-10PM + Saturday, April 30, 12PM-5PM


  • Town Pavilion/1100 Walnut St. 6th Floor
  • Paragraph Gallery + Project Space/21-23 E 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64106

PARKING: FREE, available at Commerce Bank Parking Garage (1025 Main St)—park anywhere that is not reserved.
Cost: FREE

Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program Open Studios Weekend is the program’s largest annual event, hosting more than 500 visitors over two days. Through this unique event, the public is invited into the studios of Charlotte Street’s Resident Artists for an intimate opportunity to interact with the artists in their working environments in the Town Pavilion,

Open Studios Weekend 2016 will spotlight the work of over 20 artists—including 15 visual artists and photographers, 6 performing artists and ensembles, and 3 writers. All Artists-in-Residence have been awarded free studio space and related support through the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program for the period of September, 2015—August, 2016.

Artist Studios will be open from 6PM to 10PM on Friday, April 29th with special offerings to include an array of original live music and dance performances on Friday evening. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Artwork will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, April 30th special events concurrent with the Studio Resident exhibition, The One Thing That Can Save America in Paragraph Gallery and Project Space will take place from 12:30PM to 5PM. Saturday offerings include a curatorial talk with Curator, Jessica Baran and studio residents at Paragraph Gallery starting at 12:30PM, followed by readings of new fiction and non-fiction by the writers-in-residence, a podcast listening party by residents, Paris of the Plains Podcast, and finish with live performances in Oppenstein Park.

Charlotte Street thanks its generous donors for contributing to this annual event—Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC, Copaken Brooks, Boulevard Beer, NTDF, Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement District, Missouri Bank, and Commerce Bank.

Click here for a detailed schedule and list of artists.

Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Co-directors Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy set the stage for concert events outside the box and inside the mind’s eye and the eye’s ear. In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.  Entering its 11th year, the Conservatory recently announced two new community partners: Charlotte Street Foundation and Art in the Loop.

There will be two events next year, November 5 at La Esquina as part of a larger Media Fest associated with CSF and May 4 at Prairie Logic associated with Art in the Loop. The Conservatory will co-sponsor all events.  Each event will provide venue, marketing and a $1,000 stipend for the artists.

To apply, please submit a proposal by May 2 to Mara Gibson ( for review by a panel including Paul Rudy, Mara Gibson, Ann Holliday and Amy Kligman.

Proposals should include:

  • Duration of event (no more than 60 minutes)
  • Collaborators
  • Use of proposed budget
  • Short 2-3 sentence description of the event and supply list

Feel free to submit 1-2 examples of past work and short bios for consideration, but submit the complete application in ONE pdf file.

For more information, please contact Dana Self, 816-235-2949,

Photos from 2015 Art in the Loop Project.

2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect

Art in the Loop (Oppenstein Park, 12th & Walnut)
Art on the Line (KC Streetcar Line)
Art in the Park (Ilus Davis Park, 11th & Oak)

Musicians, artists, sculptors, composers, choreographers, fashion designers, film-makers, dancers, and performance artists – are you interested in bringing your art outside and into the public realm of Downtown Kansas City to be experienced by Downtown residents, visitors, and workers?

If so, consider applying for the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect! (Applications Due: April 15)

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect will infuse the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that will refresh, intrigue and surprise our audience of Downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Equally important, the project will also create an opportunity for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks installed in and around Oppenstein Park at 12th and Walnut Streets. Art in the Loop is also partnering with the KC Streetcar Authority to include art installations at streetcar stops and on-board vehicles. Art in the Loop is also collaborating with the City of Kansas City, Missouri to manage the Ilus Davis Art in the Park Project which will include 4 temporary art installations and 4 community performances throughout the summer.

This year, we’re instituting a theme, “Connect.” While the project expands to take on new geographies and new partners, we will ask the artists to consider ideas of connecting with the urban environment, with modes of transit and with the diverse populations of Downtown Kansas City.

Our goal is to install 11 artworks in and around Oppenstein, 4 artworks at KC Streetcar stops or onboard vehicles, and 4 artworks in Ilus Davis Park from June through September 2016.

An eclectic body of performance art, music, dance, and poetry will be performed weekly during the lunch-hour in Oppenstein Park, Thursdays, July through September.  Food trucks will also offer food and beverages. A performance series is also planned to take place KC Streetcar vehicles and/or at streetcar stops, Fridays, July through September.  Four 4 music performances will also be held in Ilus Davis Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following Fridays, June 24, July 29, August 26 and September 30.

To learn more or apply, visit Applications are due April 15, 2016. Commissions will range from $500 to $5,000. The final number of projects will depend on funds raised. For more information contact Jessica Borusky, curator,, or Ann Holliday, program director,

The project is funded by the generous support of corporate sponsors, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.  The project is a partnership of the Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Downtown Community Improvement District and the Kansas City Art Institute. The more supporters we have, the more unique artistic experiences we can offer to Downtown workers, visitors, and residents.  Please contact Ann Holliday, or 816-979-1072, if you are interested in learning more about how you can support these efforts.