The City of Lawrence, KS is seeking proposals and/or artworks for the 31st Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

The Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition or ODSE was founded by local sculptor and executive director of the Kansas Sculptors Association Jim Patti in 1988 to provide an opportunity for area sculptors to showcase their work in various locations in downtown Lawrence. More than 170 local, regional and national sculptors have participated in the ODSE since 1988 and thousands of citizens and visitors have enjoyed their work.

The ODSE is sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission. A range of temporary artworks are displayed in downtown Lawrence along Massachusetts Street, in the Cultural District and in select sites city-wide.

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 and older
Honorarium: Selected Artists will receive a $1,750 honorarium for each selected or commissioned work
Entry Deadline: 4:00 PM, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Works that explore an expanded notion of art in the public realm are encouraged!

More information and the online application form can be found here: https://lawrenceks.org/odse/

Contact information:
Porter Arneill, Director of Communications and Creative Resources
parneill@lawrenceks.org
(785) 832-3402

2018 Art in the Loop Project:  KC Plays

Call for Musicians

The Art in the Loop Foundation is looking for talented, local musicians to perform at 3 sites this during our 2018 Art in the Loop Project:  KC Plays!  The theme for our 2018 project is “KC PLAYS!” How can play elicit happiness, friendship, excitement, humor and problem-solving through the lens of temporary art installations and performances? Play is evident at the base of every truly creative art expression.

Artwork will be installed at KC Streetcar stops, in West Terrace (Case) Park and at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library.  We want to bring music and artwork together and are seeking local musicians who want to experience performing in a unique setting, engaging with their audience in a distinctive way.

How to apply:

  • Complete the form at the following link, including links to an online music sample or video. Applications without music samples will not be considered.
  • Within the artist statement, please indicate why you’d like to perform as part of the KC Plays! Art in the Loop Project and what instruments you would use during your performance.
  • Apply here:  https://form.jotform.com/DowntownKC/2018-music-app
  • Applications are due Monday, March 26, 2018,  by 5:00 p.m. CST.

The details:

  • $300 stipend for one 2-hour performance with breaks. As these are paid musical performances, gratuity/tips should not be solicited.
  • This is a competitive selection process. Qualified applicants will be notified of their selection status prior to April 15.
  • Musicians must be local. Musicians can be individual or groups. Group size onboard a streetcar is limited to 4.
  • If performing in the park or at streetcar stop, musicians must be able to provide their own amplification system. A portable power source is a plus.
  • Musicians must be able to perform acoustic-style while on board the streetcar.
  • Planned performance times and dates are listed below but subject to change.
  • Check out last year’s performers at http://www.artintheloop.com
Locations Performance Dates Time
West Terrace (Case) Park, 8th & Jefferson. Specific performance location TBD.

*Possible early evening performances

May 16 – June 20

(Wednesdays)

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.*
KC Streetcar Stops and/or on-board Streetcar Vehicle July 11 – Aug 29

(Wednesdays)

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
KC Public Library – Perform in Kirk Hall or on the Rooftop Terrace as part of Art Starts at the Library Friday, June 1

Friday, July 6

Friday, August 3

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The following performance opportunities will be combined with receptions and events are listed below. The stipend, time and length of performance will vary and be finalized at a later date.
Art in the Loop – Opening Reception Tuesday, May 1 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt Event June/July Early evening
Art Walking Tour/Reception September Early evening
Art in the Loop – Closing Reception Friday, Nov 6 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Applications Due: Monday, March 26, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. CST.

Apply here:  https://form.jotform.com/DowntownKC/2018-music-app

For more information, contact ann@downtownkc.org or visit www.artintheloop.com

Wait Here by JT Daniels, 2017 Art in the Loop Project.

Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the Downtown Kansas City community through a series of art installations and performances in the center of Downtown Kansas City from May 1 through September 30, 2018.

The goal of the Art in the Loop Project is to 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.

Inscribed performance by Jeramy Zimmerman, 2017 Art in the Loop Project

The theme for our 2018 project is “KC PLAYS!” How can play elicit happiness, friendship, excitement, humor and problem-solving through the lens of temporary art installations and performances? Play is evident at the base of every truly creative art expression. Taking inspiration from the president of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play and professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Rhonda Clements, says, “It is important to maintain a healthy sense of play throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our complex society requires clear thinkers, playful attitudes, humor and creativity for complex problem-solving.” We are looking for artists to infuse our city with Play!!

Cloud Canopy by Monica Dixon, 2017 Art in the Loop Project.

Sites for proposed artwork include KC Streetcar, West Terrace Park and Kansas City Public Library.  Stipends will range from $500 to $5,000.

Applications are due February 9, 11:59 p.m.