Synesthesia is a condition of mixed sensations. The stimulus of one sensory experience involuntarily triggers the reactionary sensation of another sense. This neurological phenomenon is the conceptual basis of this week’s performance.

This Thursday, July 16th in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, singer-songwriter Camry Ivory will be performing and inviting the public to experience the sensational and tactile performance that is Coloratura:

Coloratura: Explorations of Music & Art is a multimedia project that combines visual art and music by converting paint brushes and canvas into a midi controller that can create and manipulate live music. As the paint touches the canvas, musical tones will be emitted, creating a synesthetic experience, stimulating multiple senses at once. Instead of the art inspiring the music or the music inspiring the art, both are created simultaneously. Coloratura encourages audience members to reconsider the intersection of visual and performing arts as well as to participate in the creative process themselves.

Camry Ivory is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, claiming both sides of the state line as her home.  She is an active performer in the Kansas City musical scene, lending her vocal and piano talents to various musical endeavors ranging from jazz and funk to folk and experimental pop.

Art in the Loop

This is the second performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and 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 opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

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The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

If you had the opportunity to choreograph a dance, what would it look like?
This is the very question Maura Garcia, a local dancer and choreographer, is posing to our community.

Thursday, July 9th, in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,
Maura Garcia will create Everybody’s Chance Dance. Inspired by Merce  Cunningham’s Choreography by Chance technique, Liz Lerman’s community engagement strategies and traditional Cherokee values, Garcia will interact with the community by asking questions about the look, form, direction and feel of Everbody’s Chance Dance. Following the responses, Garcia will then invite attendees to join her for the physical creation, rehearsal, and eventual performance
of the completed piece.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Maura Garcia will be in Oppenstein Park asking  pedestrians and visitors (along with social media requests) what it is that they would like to experience in this site-specific, community-choreographed piece.

At 12:15 p.m. the choreographing with community volunteers will begin. All are invited to join in! Group rehearsal will follow as members of the community, along with Maura Garcia, learn the site-specific dance of their creation.

The performance of the completed dance will then follow at 1:00 p.m., with an open invitation to perform alongside Garcia! This is the culmination of the event, uniting the community and place together to truly present Everybody’s Chance Dance.

Maura Garcia is a local dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Garcia is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee and Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to her works. She specializes in multimedia, one-woman shows involving audience participation and community members as performers.  Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee lifeways, the environment, and social justice underlie her creations. Garcia uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift indigenous cultural values, and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Art in the Loop

This is the inaugural performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and 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 opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.

A new exhibition titled “Some Assemblage Required: Sculptural Work by John Gaunt” will feature more than 25 sculptures and drawings. The show opens on Friday at The Box Gallery, 1100 Walnut.

The Box Gallery in Downtown KC will open a unique “Assemblage” of artwork on Friday.

Lawrence-based John Gaunt has held a life-long interest in drawing, but over the last few years has developed a body of philosophical and anthropomorphic sculptural work in his home studio. Gaunt animates found metal objects by energizing obsolete machine parts that would otherwise be consigned to the scrap heap.

Gaunt’s Box Gallery show is one of many artists, galleries and studios to participate in First Friday arts activities on Friday evening in the Crossroads Arts District.

Gaunt served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at The University of Kansas, for 21 years, stepping own in June. The influence of his career as an educator, and an architect who practiced professionally for many years, is evident in the clever construction and effective design of his work.

“My work is in the tradition of ‘Assemblage’ in which the combination and composition of seemingly disparate parts expresses a lyrical idea, symbol, or metaphor – giving new life to obsolete things…, ” Gaunt said.

The show opens on Friday, July 3 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 26. The opening date begins with an artist reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking validation is available.

ArtintheloopFrom singers, dancers, and musicians to a photographer, and a textile artist, the annual Art in the Loop project infuses downtown Kansas City with a variety of performances and exhibits.

As the four-month series ramps up, participating artists and performers deliver a whirlwind introduction to their works at the 2015 Art in the Loop Kickoff on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. They will be introduced by project curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and educator currently living and working in Kansas City through the Charlotte Street Foundation’s studio residency program.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

A total of 20 presenters or groups of presenters – offering 11 performances and nine exhibits – are featured in this year’s Art in the Loop, which is designed to bring cultural experiences to downtown employees, residents, and visitors and lend exposure to emerging and maturing artists from the Kansas City area. Most, if not all, will participate in the kickoff.

The lineup:

  • Singer-songwriter and pianist Camry Ivory: Coloratura, explorations of music and art
  • Nick Carswell of the band Carswell and Hope: The Hope Index
  • Performance Artist  Cat Mahari: Insta-bility
  • Visual artist Chris Daharsh: Reflections/Casts
  • Photographer Dan Frueh: Down Around the Corner
  • Artist Don Wilkinson: Work and Progress
  • Artist Jillian Youngbird: A Bear in Kansas City
  • Musician John Currey: Broken String Latin Jazz
  • Artist Kati Toivanen: Lacey Petticoat on Petticoat Lane
  • Textile artist Krista Jo Mustain: Print Party
  • Dancer Lauren Thompson and sound designer Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay
  • Dancer Maura Garcia: Everybody’s Chance Dance
  • Installation  artist Min DuPha: Insta-bility
  • Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon: Anomalous City
  • Artists Paige Hinshaw and Kevin Perkins: Neon Camouflage
  • Artist Shannon White: SkyWAVE
  • The Arts Asylum: Community Tile (community engagement)
  • Conceptual artist Tim Brown: The World Tree
  • Poet and spoken word artist Vincente Perez: B(lack)NESS and LATINI(dad)
  • Performing artist William Bradley: SOLLUS

The kickoff event is co-presented by Downtown Council and the City of Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services.  A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free.

Click here to RSVP: or call 816.701.3407.

Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

The 2015 Art in the Loop series runs through September 2015. Details are posted at and For more information contact Ann Holliday, or Jessica Borusky,

Join us for this experimental music performance on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Prairie Logic (the 6th floor greenspace on the parking garage, above Onelife Fitness Center and just north of Cosentino’s Downtown Market, 1217 Main Street).

Anomalous City

Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon present Anomalous City.  Their explorational sound defies expectations, adjusting the way we perceive the city-life that surrounds our everyday. Anomalous City will transport you above and beyond the sounds of the natural environment into the urban landscape of Prairie Logic as they introduce the environments of remote landscapes such as the African jungle, Australian Outback, and eventually to the future: a future where an artificially intelligent being becomes active, adding to the sound of the digitally driven modulation. This is a fantastic and incomparable experience that the whole family will enjoy! Anomalous City will feature music composed by members of Mnemosyne Quartet as well as Dr. Mara Gibson.

Mnemosyne Quartet is dedicated to heightening bystanders’ awareness of the auditory environments they interact with on a daily basis. Mnemosyne not only augments the listener’s physical environment, but also transports the listeners to remote destinations through the use of pre-recorded sound. They specialize in the creation of well-formed improvisation though the integration of old and new technologies. Mnemosyne recently performed for the opening of Adam Cvijanovic’s American Montage at the Kemper Museum of Art. Other notable performances include Analog Drift, a cross-disciplinary ArtSounds performance, and the inaugural Art in the Loop Foundation’s (AILF) 2014 Downtown Kansas City Street Art/Placemaking Pilot Project. Mnemosyne consists of Michael Miller- bass clarinet, Russell Thorpe- saxophone, Ted King-Smith- saxophone, and Eli Hougland- electronics. Mnemosyne Quartet- soundcloud- Stasis Oasis

Zachary Shemon is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Since joining the PRISM quartet in 2007 as the ensemble’s alto saxophonist, he has recorded on the Albany, innova, Naxos, New Dynamic, and New Focus labels and performed on many of the world’s leading festivals for contemporary music including the Bang on a Can Marathon, Beijing Modern Music Festival, and SONiC Festival. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University, where he studied with Donald Sinta and Otis Murphy, respectively. Zachary Shemon is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones. As a D’Addario Woodwinds artist, he performs on Reserve reeds and aids in product research and design. Zach Shemon- Prism Quartet

Art in the Loop
This is the inaugural performance for the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and 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 maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

Artists were recently selected for the 2015 project. Performances, installation dates and other events will be announced soon.  Follow us on FaceBook at and Twitter @ArtintheLoop for performance and installation updates or visit  For additional information contact Ann Holliday, program director, or Jessica Borusky, curator,

The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented through the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC and our generous corporate sponsors.

The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) Ambassadors are planning to set the tone for the Pianos on Parade by playing the public pianos in Oppenstein Park (12th & Walnut), beginning June 1.

Downtown Kansas City is on the verge of dancing to a more colorful, musical beat this spring and summer.

Thanks to the Pianos on Parade program, pianos will soon begin to appear in public spaces around Downtown, and throughout greater Kansas City.

“Pianos on Parade (POP) places ‘artistically transformed’ pianos around Kansas City in various outdoor locations for all to play and enjoy,” said Lisa Cattanach, POP chair. “In order to celebrate 100 years of excellence for the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, our goal is to place 100 pianos around our city during the summer of 2015.”

Children and professional artists will be painting these pianos this weekend – Saturday and Sunday – at Union Station, as they prepare to introduce the pianos into public spaces by June 1.

“These pianos will play host to both spontaneous and planned events and concerts throughout the summer. Other pianos will be on tour and will pop up at various outdoor fairs, festivals, restaurant patios, and sporting events, Cattanach explained.

POP is a program of Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos and uses the profits to fund charitable programs.

“Follow us on Facebook or visit our events page to find out about all the exciting events around outdoor pianos,” Cattanach said.



Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem; Gridiron Glory will open at Union Station; and the Kansas City Symphony will have us dancing in the street for Memorial Day during this amazing week ahead in Downtown … and those are just for starters!

Here are the highlights of what’s happening in Downtown KC this Memorial Day week from Wednesday to Wednesday, May 20-27:

Big Seanfeaturing Casey Veggies, will rock Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Celebration at the Station will light up the skies over Downtown on Sunday night at Union Station.

Celebration at the Station – the largest, free Memorial Day celebration in the Midwest, featuring the Kansas City Symphony, fireworks and much more, is set for 8 p.m. Sunday at Union Station.

Central Library will present Why the North Won and Why It All Matters, as historians Terry Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse, assess how the North prevailed and why the Civil War remains so compelling today. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here!

Gridiron Glory – featuring the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – makes its debut on Saturday at Union Station.

Josh Turnerone of country music hottest young stars, will light up the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Judy, Barbra, Lizaa musical showcase for the talents of divas Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli, opens Friday, May 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

Junior Brownthe country guitar legend, returns to KC for one big night at 10 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Love Song and On An Average Day will be performed in repertory beginning Friday and running through June 28 at The Living Room.


Marilyn Maye will be honored by the American Jazz Museum with its Lifetime Achievement Award during a grand evening of entertainment on Saturday at the Gem Theater.

Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem in a very special evening that begins at at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception and jazz talk, following by a Lifetime Achievement Award and performance at 8 p.m. at the Gem Theater.

Nitro Circus Live – featuring 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate – will tear up Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 20) at Sprint Center.

Shelby Lynne will light up the big town in the Cyprus Avenue Live evening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Sister Hazel will rock this town at 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Sticky Traps, presented by the Kansas City Rep, continues through Sunday at the Copaken Stage.

Turnpike Troubadours, featuring Jamestown Revival and Jonny Burke, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

And, for a more complete look at what’s happening around Kansas City, check out early and often.

LiveKC is coming together with a number of community partners, including the Downtown Council, this summer to transform Barney Allis Plaza into Kansas City’s best backyard complete with regular programs, art, food trucks a beer garden and more…

LiveKC and numerous partners are transforming one of Downtown Kansas City’s precious public spaces into a shared urban backyard for the summer. Located in the center of Downtown Kansas City and at the front door of some of the area’s busiest hotels, Barney Allis Plaza has an opportunity to become a bustling town square.

The Backyard at Barney Allis Plaza is a placemaking concept designed to bring together a refreshed look and vibrant energy to the park. The concept includes amenities such as food trucks and a beer garden, plus imaginative programs such as leisure sports, art, and music, all with the goal of adding more vibrancy to the downtown area.

“One of the most appealing things about cities like Denver, Portland and Austin is the fact that you see people everywhere,” said Erik Wullschleger, director of LiveKC. “Adding some basic programs that give people a reason to come over to Barney Allis Plaza will help build density in a very important part of our city.”

This summer will be an opportunity to test and learn from a number of concepts that could lead to permanent improvements over the long term. Food trucks, a beer garden, community artwork, recreational sports and new seating surfaces are just some of the first improvements visitors to The Backyard will get to take advantage of.

And, beginning last night, a competitive “Leisure Sports League” will kick off and run every Thursday at 5 p.m. for the next six weeks. While registration for this session is full, all are invited each Thursday evening for pick-up leisure sports games on designated open courts.

There will be an official preview event on Friday, June 5. The happy hour will begin at 5 p.m. and is a great way to kick off First Friday plans Downtown. This will be an opportunity to view proposed changes and add suggestions on how to further transform Barney Allis Plaza. Visitors will also have the opportunity to eat from food trucks, enjoy beverages from the beer garden and play lawn sports against friends.

Programs will continue to roll out over the summer but the community can already start to see what’s coming up and provide their input at or on LiveKC’s Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

LiveKC will contribute funding and staffing that will be required for a number of the programs this summer but many of the permanent improvements are made possible by the newly available money from the City Trust.

A private donation was made in the early ‘80s to commemorate the life of Dutton Brookfield.  The “Bronco Buster” statue located on the north end of the plaza was purchased but this money earmarked for improvements to Barney Allis Plaza has gone unused for the last 30 years.

Through the collaboration of a number of local design and construction firms, downtown residents, workers and visitors can expect to see a reinvigorated park over the next 3-12 months.

About Barney Allis Plaza

Barney Allis Plaza is located to the south of the Downtown Marriott and north of the Municipal Auditorium between 12th & 13th streets. Built on the site of Kansas City’s original Convention Hall and located in the center of downtown, Barney Allis Plaza has been the site of many public gatherings including enormous Cinco De Mayo festivals, parades commemorating Elvis and even a professional tennis team.

In recent years, this plaza that is one of the downtown district’s precious few green spaces has been overlooked. People retreating from downtown in search of their own backyard found refuge in suburban neighborhoods and slowly what was once an active park turned into a passthrough for visitors to get from their hotel to the convention center.

Barney Allis Plaza is easily accessible on foot from all four corners, has a MAX Rapid Transit stop, a B Cycle station on the east side and sits atop nearly 1,000 parking spaces.

About LiveKC

LiveKC was founded in 2013 and aims to make Kansas City a more attractive place for Millennials to live, work and play. LiveKC is a privately funded organization managed out of Sporting Club and supported by 19 of the largest employers in the Kansas City region. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

An open letter on the arts and ArtsKC by Mayor Sly James.

Last fall, I wrote An Open Letter to America addressing the many assets Kansas City has to offer. It came on the heels of our Kansas City Royals playoff run, but it wasn’t about baseball. Instead, the letter was intended to draw attention to our elevated profile across the U.S. and to highlight all the ways in which Kansas City is winning.

The Kansas City Arts Community is a large part of our rising profile – and rightfully so. Our Arts are incredibly vibrant and we are being recognized as a leader in many disciplines including fashion, theater, jazz, song and dance – just to name a few! In fact, we are one of only a handful of cities across the country that have all four of the major arts – opera, repertory theater, symphony & ballet. As we continue to build our reputation as a world-class city, the Arts are truly making us shine.

This Friday (today) our regional arts council, ArtsKC , will launch their annual digital giving campaign – #timetogive. This important campaign is essential to the vibrancy and vitality of Kansas City’s world-renowned arts scene.  By contributing to the ArtsKC Fund, you are funding grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs from all over the region.

Accessibility to the arts should be open to everyone and ArtsKC does that by funding grants that support transportation and education programming in diverse and underserved communities, and by working with organizations to provide free events throughout our five-county region.

I love this City and I find more reasons to appreciate & celebrate it every day. As we continue to see our name landing on Top 10 lists, our Arts will continue to propel us straight to the top. I hope you’ll consider making a contribution – yes, right now – consider it a significant investment in your City.


Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Missouri

Fleur-ishing Art: An American Impression

The Westport Garden Club is collaborating with The Box Gallery and Commerce Bank for a one-of-a-kind art and flower show in Downtown Kansas City from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Members of the Westport Garden Club will create 26 artistic flower arrangements – each inspired by a work of fine art from the Commerce Bank art collection. Judges from five states will help select prize winners.

Join us for a public reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut St., as the show continues next door in the Trust Art Gallery. Parking will be available in the 1025 Main garage.

For more information contact Robin Trafton, director of The Box Gallery, 816-760-7885,

On April 24-25, Charlotte Street will hold its annual Open Studios event. 21 visual artists, 5 writers, and 11 performing artists and ensembles will open their studios for this annual event. The public is encouraged to take an insider’s look at these studios, interacting with the artists, viewing works in progress, and witnessing special performances.

On Friday night, all studios will be open from 6-10pm. There is also a special lineup of performances, happening in the Town Pavilion studio spaces.

On Saturday, Paragraph Gallery will be open 12-5pm for the exhibition 1 Infinite Loop, featuring the work of Studio Resident artists. At 1pm, several of the Writers in Residence will present an interactive reading. At 2pm, exhibiting artists will be present in the gallery for a walk and talk event, and a live musical performance.


Dates: Friday, April 24, 6pm-10pm + Saturday, April 25, 12pm-5pm


• pARTnership Place/906 Grand, 13th Floor

• Town Pavilion/1100 Walnut, 6th Floor

• Paragraph Gallery + Project Space/21-23 E 12th Street

Click here for more information including schedule, map and artist information.


Wednesday, 4/15, 7 p.m.
Map of Rain Hitting Water
@ Prairie Logic

Join us for an evening of the compositions by Mara Gibson, an award winning local composer who also teaches  at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, culminating in the first live outdoor performance of Map of Rain Hitting Water. Map will be performed by renowned percussionist Mark Lowry, founding member of the newEar contemporary music ensemble,  and is a collaboration with artist Caitlin Horsmon who is also an Associate Professor of Film & Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Also included in the program are Gibson’s works with moving-image accompaniment, E:Tip (images by Caitlin Horsmon) and E:Vespers (images by Rebecca Dolan). Click here for more information about the performance and collaborators.

The performance is free and open to the public. It will take place Wednesday April 15, 7 p.m. at Prairie Logic, the box car stage on the Green Roof above the Cosentino’s Parking Garage, 1271 Main Street, 6th Floor. Parking is available in the garage with automobile entry from either Walnut or Main Street between 12th and 13th Streets (first 30 minutes free; $1.00 per 20 minutes after, $15 max).

These performances are part of the Art in the Loop: Creative Placemaking Project, a series of performances and art installations with the goal of activating Oppenstein Park and the sidewalks of Downtown Kansas City with innovative, engaging and temporary art. Applications for 2015 Project will be accepted through April 15; apply on-line at

For more information about Art in the Loop and upcoming performances and installations contact Ann Holliday, program director for Art in the or Jessica Borusky, curator,

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