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Art in the Loop

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 is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning public art for Downtown Kansas City.

AILF seeks to play a proactive role in bringing further attention to Kansas City as a place where exciting and accomplished contemporary art is not just happening but is, in fact, helping to define the city’s identity. A component of Art in the Loop‘s mission to broaden artistic and educational opportunities for Kansas City Art Institute-affiliated artists and increase recognition for the Kansas City Art Institute’s longstanding contributions to our city. 

Since 2004 AILF has commissioned a number of public art projects in downtown KC:

Uplifted Arms 6

Uplifted Arms, 2005 by Davin Watne and Dylan Mortimer

Ladies Installed

ARTwall on the Town Pavilion Garage at 13th & Grand

guitars in the park 030 (Small)

Celestial Flyways, 2008 – by Laura DeAngelis with DA+UD


TheCommons (Small)

The Commons at Baltimore Alley, 2012 – by Julia Cole and Leigh Rosser 


Public Art in the Loop Map
AILF has commissioned 4 installations in Downtown Kansas City which are indicated with the red markers in the map below. Many other entities including the Municipal Arts Commission of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) the Parks and Recreation Department of KCMO, the City of Fountains, as well as private entities have installed or maintain art in the public realm of Downtown Kansas City. (Click on the icons for images and information.)

 The Art in the Loop Foundation appreciates the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Copaken Brooks, the Missouri Arts Council and other corporate and personal donors:

AILFLogo Print Copaken Brooks KClogo





Art in the Loop Foundation
Board of Directors

Douglas Y. Curran, Chair
Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Porter Arneill
Director/Public Art Administrator Municipal Art Commission, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Grant Burcham
President, Missouri Bank & Trust

Jacqueline Chanda
President, Kansas City Art Institute

Jon Copaken
Partner, Copaken Brooks 

Bill Dietrich
President & CEO, Downtown Council of Kansas City

Cathy Beaham Smith
Vice President, Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami

Program Director
Ann Holliday, Downtown Council of Kansas City
1000 Walnut, Suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64106