Call for Performing Artists

2022 Art in the Loop Project: Sustainable

The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is in search of performing artists to bring their creativity to Downtown Kansas City for the 2022 Art in the Loop Performance Series.

Through a competitive, open-call process, AILF selects local artists to perform live music, performance, and other site-specific work along and near the KC Streetcar route in Downtown Kansas City. This performance series will feature multi-sensory performances such as spoken word, dance, music, etc., while also highlighting the visual artworks installed along the KC Streetcar route. Some of the events may be progressive in nature and take place at multiple locations; artists are also encouraged to respond to the visual art as well as the annual theme of sustainability.

Selected artists will perform at one of five Art in the Loop events: the kick-off ceremony, two guided art walks, a summer evening concert, and the closing reception. Artists will receive a small stipend for their work.

2022 Theme/Prompt: Sustainable

How do you define sustainability? What are the intersections between art and sustainability? What does a sustainable Downtown Kansas City look like? How does sustainability impact your art practice, your community, and your city? How can you incorporate sustainability into your practice? How can your art encourage sustainability?

For the 2022 Art in the Loop Project, we are looking for artists to respond to these questions and explore their vision of sustainability. Proposed performances should reflect these questions and ideas in ways that engage and stimulate Kansas City audiences.

Eligibility:

Professional artists, musicians, spoken-word artists, dance artists, and other performers, at least 18 years of age residing within 50 miles of Kansas City are eligible.

Art in the Loop Mission:

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

Everyday Strangers,  2021 – Art in the Loop Kick-Off Event

Jessica Ayalla featuring Arquesta del SolSoul, 2021 Art in the Loop/816 Day Concert

Artistic Disciplines

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

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

  • Performing Arts: Music
  • Performing Arts: Dance, Theater, etc.
  • Literary Arts: Spoken Word, Poetry, etc.

Performance Opportunities

A. Performing Arts: Music

Open-call for musicians (solo artists, duos, bands, groups) to perform as part of Art in the Loop Summer Performance Series. Each performance should take place for approximately one hour. A $300 artist’s fee will be provided. One artist/performer/group will be selected for each event listed below.

B. Performing Arts: Dance, Theatre, etc.

Open call for dance, theater, and/or other performers (solo artists and/or groups) to perform as part of Art in the Loop Summer Performance Series. Each performance should take place for approximately thirty minutes to one hour. A $500 artist’s fee will be provided.  One artist/performer/group will be selected for each event listed below

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

Open-call for Spoken Word and/or Poetry Performers (solo artists and/or groups) to perform as part of Art in the Loop Summer Performance Series. Each performance should take place for approximately thirty minutes to one hour. An artist’s fee of $200 will be provided. One artist/performer/group will be selected for each event listed below.

Equipment Note: 

It is preferred that performance artists bring their audio equipment. Access to electricity will depend on the performance location. Artists should bring extension cords and other necessary equipment.

FlamenKCMO, 2021 Art in the Loop Project

Collapse by Brillo, 2021 Art in the Loop Project with Making Moves

Event Schedule

LocationPerformance DatesTimeAccess to Electricity?
Kick-off EventKansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th Street (Indoors)Wed., June 225:30 p.m.Yes
Performance/ConcertOppenstein Park, 12th & Walnut (Outdoors)Wed., July 205:30 p.m.Yes
Artwalk + 816 Day ConcertKC Streetcar Stops + City Market (Outdoors)Tues., August 165:30 p.m.Mayabe (Yes at City Market)
Art Walk + PerformancesKC Streetcar Stops (Outdoors)Wed., September 145:30 p.m.Maybe
Closing ReceptionKansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W 10th Street (Indoors)Wed., November 25:30 p.m.Yes

Selected artists will provide:

  • Descriptive material and photo for the website – Artists will provide a brief written description of their work and provide a photo for the project website.
  • PR and marketing materials – Artists will provide written material to assist in developing press releases, programs, and other materials.
  • Kick-Off Event & Reception – June 22nd, 2022,  at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. Artists will be invited to attend.
  • Closing Reception – November 2nd, 2022, at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library. Artists will be invited to attend.

Art in the Loop will provide: 

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

How to apply

Follow this link to the online application.

Contact Art Director, Kyle Mullins, kylewmullins@gmail.com, or Program Director, Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org with any questions.

Artists will be notified of their selection the week of June 13-17.

Applications are due Sunday, June 5, 2022, 11:59 pm.