Art in the Loop Video Screening Reception, Friday, Dec. 2

The Art in the Loop Foundation will hold a reception to showcase videos created by five local artists as components of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect. The event will take place at KC Skyline Realty, 1724 Main Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Videos created by following artists will be exhibited:

Art in the Loop will also share a video, produced by Cody Hunt, summarizing the 27 art projects and performances included in this years project. Additionally, the gallery will exhibit work by Kati Toivanen and Lauren Thompson inspired by their 2016 projects: Hopscotch and Life Turning, respectively.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was a curated outdoor exhibit of temporary artwork and performances located along the KC Streetcar route and other Downtown locations from July through October. It infused the center of Downtown Kansas City with innovative and engaging temporary art that refreshed, intrigued and surprised Downtown workers, residents, and visitors. The project also created opportunities for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was made possible through the generous support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the KC Streetcar Authority, the KCMO-Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, as well as many corporate sponsors.
Space for the screening and exhibit is provided by Dave Jennings, KC Skyline Realty.

Click here to download the full press release with images.

Art in the Loop 2016 Closing Reception, Nov. 2

The Art in the Loop Foundation is pleased to announce 2 events that will wrap up our 2016 season of performances and artwork.

Closing Reception & Pop-Up Exhibit – Wednesday, Nov. 2

On Wednesday, November 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the public is invited to a Closing Reception and Pop-Up Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, located at 14 West 10th Street.  Objects and ephemera from the 2016 projects will be displayed, turning the Helzberg Auditorium into a gallery for the evening.

The program will begin at 6:30 and include 2-minute presentations from each of the artists. This will be a fast-paced energetic presentation! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the artists and the artwork presented throughout the past months.  Beverages and appetizers will be provided.  Click here to RSVP.

Art in the Loop Screening – Friday, Dec. 2

On Friday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art in the Loop will host a 2016 Art in the Loop Screening Reception at Keller Williams Skyline office and gallery, located at 1724 Main Street.  The program will feature videos from our 2016 Art in the Loop artists including Elizabeth Stehling, Jon Johnson, Lauren Thompson, Alison Greene and Neil Goss as well as artwork by Kati Toivanen and Lauren Thompson. We will show our 2016 Art in the Loop video by Cody Hunt. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. Click  here to RSVP.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

For more information, contact Ann Holliday, or (816) 979-1072.

Sound & Dance to Infiltrate Ilus Davis Park – Friday, Sep 30

On Friday, September 30, choreographer Lauren Thompson and sound designer Jonathan Robertson will bring their improvisational dance and sound performance, Downtown Replay, to Ilus Davis Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tart-in-parkhe performance will take place on and around a stage placed in the center of the water feature near the southwest corner of the park near 11th & Oak Streets.

Life and art imitate each other; this is the feedback loop that Downtown Replay explores through movement and sound. Prior to the performance,  Thompson has designed movement inspired by the architecture of the park and Robertson record on location – these movements and sounds initiate and function as the core of the piece.

During the performance, sounds will continue to be captured through microphones strategically placed around the park. The public can manipulate the sound and movement of the space they are in, while at the same time the choreographer and sound designer have predetermined part of their experience. Videographer Tom Hipp will record the performance from various angles. The video recording will be used to create an interactive projection for a later, stage performance.

This performance is free and open to the public. It the final performance of the 2016 Art in the Park and Art in the Loop projects.  Art in the Park is an effort by the City of Kansas City, Missouri to enliven public outdoor spaces with temporary art pieces and performances.  It was produced this year in coordination with the 2016 Art in the Loop Project which included temporary artworks and performance on the KC Streetcar route, in Oppenstein Park and at Prairie Logic on the Green Roof. For more information, contact Ann Holliday, 816-979-1072 or, or Elizabeth Bowman,

About the Artists

Lauren Thompson is a local dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate from the University of Kansas City-Missouri with a BFA in modern dance, in addition to a collection of other degrees. Lauren’s work has been performed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Unicorn Theater, and with Art in the Loop.

Jonathan Robertson is an adjunct instructor of music technology at Missouri Western State University and a composer and sound designer working in Kansas City. Recent credits include composer for the theatre play Medea (directed by Joshua K. Brody) at UMKC, assistant sound designer for Kansas City Swing (dir. Ricardo Khan) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and composer/sound designer for Immeasurable Heaven (dir. Stephanie Roberts) on Spencer Stage at UMKC, and music director for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Unicorn theatre. He co-wrote and directed the plays Mannequins, Companions and The Audio Cart (Kansas City Fringe Festival 2014,  2015, and 2016).

Tom Hipp produces and directs film content in the Kansas City area and beyond. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and got his start in TV commercials. Since then he has collaborated with a diverse group of people and clients to create television, commercials, web pieces, music videos, documentaries and more.  Tom loves Kansas City and is excited to further develop both the film production and art communities in the area.

Art on the KC Streetcar Line Touted in KC Star

Art on the Line – a series of 6 artworks temporarily installed on the KC Streetcar route – was highlighted in the Arts & Culture section of the Kansas City Star this weekend.  Art on the Line was one of temporary art installation and performance series produced by Art in the Loop and many partners this summer.

The artworks will remain installed through the end of this month.   Read what the artists themselves and curator, Jessica Borusky,  have to say about the pieces here:

KC Star videographer Shelly Yang created this “ride-along” style video to give you a taste of the art!

Local composer leads musical happening on rooftop park

Morel_hi_resThe rooftops of Downtown Kansas City will come alive on Tuesday evening September 20, at 6:00 pm,when composer and musician Daniel Morel presents Kansas City Calling with the Jibrish Horn Quartet and members of the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance Horn Studio.

The performance will take place at Prairie Logic, the public art installation and performance venue on the Green Roof above Cosentino’s Parking Garage, 1261 Main St, on the 6th floor.

Kansas City Calling is an evening-length musical happening that evokes both the bustling past and thriving current day of Kansas City. The program draws on original and borrowed music to represent the history of Kansas City with a wafting soundscape that builds over the course of the evening. The entire rooftop will come alive with historical sounds, virtuosic solos, displaced melodies, and an ambient hum that coalesces into the story of Kansas City told through music. The program concludes with a final concert featuring the Jibrish Horn Quartet and members of the UMKC Conservatory Horn Studio.

Daniel Morel is a Kansas City-based composer whose works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry.  Performance details and further information are available at

This performance is free and open to the public and is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

Cuban Music Coming to KC Streetcar

Cubanisms.logoJoin us Friday, September 9, for a musical performance at the KC Streetcar River Market West Stop inspired by the current political thaw between Cuba and the United States.  From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ensemble Iberica will present “Cubanisms”, a continuous acoustic performance of traditional Cuban “son”. The performance includes Ensemble Iberica musicians, Michael McClintock (Cuban tres), Beau Bledsoe (guitar), Jordan Shipley (bass), Brandon Draper (percussion) and Cuban national, Dálida Teresa Pupo Barrios (percussion and documentation).

Listeners/passengers will be taught traditional “coros” (repeated participatory choruses) and given percussion instruments to play such as the Cuban clave or bongos.

Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish baroque, Portuguese fado and Argentine tango. The Ensemble features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and folk traditions both locally and from around the world.

This performance is free and open to the public and is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement DistrictCity of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

What’s That Sound? KC Streetcar Performance Planned for Friday, 9/2

On Friday, September 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Mnemosyne Quartet will employ the power of sound to transport Kansas City streetcar passengers beyond the boundaries of the line to favorite Kansas City destinations, such as: The Zoo, Union Station, and The Kansas Speedway. For those passengers brave enough to participate, Mnemosyne encourages the streaming of our digital content, via your handheld device.  The experience begins at the 14th street stop going north.   

Transient Harmony is a sound installation and performance that will encompass the streetcar line between 9th and 14th street. Members of the quartet will travel with passengers presenting live music, while a newly created mobile app will allow the quartet to connect with downtown tourists, workers and residents both on and off the streetcar. While live performance will occur only along the streetcar line, you will be able to experience the unification of Kansas City’s urban soundscape through the app.

In addition to electronic music, Transient Harmony will feature Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone performers.

To stream: Download Mixlr on your cell phone and search for MnemosyneQuartet

UMKC marches toward $96M Downtown Campus for the Arts

  Downtown Campus for the Arts
A plan to bring up to 700 university students each year to Downtown Kansas City is moving forward.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City has hit its $48 million fundraising target for bringing its Conservatory for Music & Dance to the Crossroads Arts District at the corner of 17th and Broadway, just across from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Now, leaders behind the Downtown Campus for the Arts plan are going to the Missouri Legislature to ask for a 50-50 funding match through a program that funds capital projects at public colleges and universities through public-private partnerships.
The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved the university’s request in June. If it is approved by the state, will allow for a state-of-the-art practice and classroom space directly across from the world renown Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, reported MetroWire News.
Partnering with UMKC on this visionary plan, the Downtown Council (DTC) formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Block 4 Acquisitions to assist with the acquisition of land. The DTC negotiated with several property owners and acquired a full city block at 17th & Broadway. The land, valued at approximately $7 million, will be donated to UMKC upon the successful completion of the fundraising effort. In addition to acquiring the land, the DTC will act as the property manager and participate in fundraising.
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The project has been named one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Big 5” goals, which is a title given to community-based projects that promise to “bring better health, improved education, more jobs, increased investment and a better quality of life to everyone in the region.”
Peter Witte, Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC, updated the members of KC Downtowners this month on the progress of $96 million project. The four-story building will sit on the southeast corner of 18th and Broadway and will include a 250-seat performance hall, a choral rehearsal room, two dance studios and a 100 seat recital hall that will be used to host more than 300 events a year.
The building was designed with a nod to the Kauffman Center. The performance hall, rehearsal room, and dance studios feature tall, special soundproof glass windows that face the performing arts center to the north. But on the south side of the building, Witte says the building will have a more “jeans and jazz” feel, where students will take advantage of a courtyard area where special events and performances will take place.
With its prime location in the heart of the creative district and just a mile and a half from the historic 18th and Vine jazz district, the Downtown Campus for the Arts will seek to incorporate the culture of the downtown and Crossroads districts into the curriculum. The Conservatory seeks to enroll up to 700 undergraduate and graduate students, ranging in age from 18 to 35, anticipating that the campus will bring a much needed presence to Downtown on its slower nights.
Witte says that while the KC Symphony, KC Ballet, Lyric Opera and other neighborhood festivities take center stage on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the Conservatory will create a buzz in the earlier part of the week, bringing life to the area on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And, that spells opportunity for area retailers and restaurants.
“We’ll bring those 700 families, out of town mothers and fathers and siblings who will stay at hotels and look down at the Kauffman Center and plan their week,” he said. “You’ll start to see, if you’re a restaurant or retailer, that there’s that much more activity coming Downtown.”
With an anticipated three year build, the estimated completion date of the Downtown Campus for the Arts is 2020. The design team includes Helix Architecture + Design and HGA.
“I’d like to thank you, the companies you represent, the foundations you represent and just you as citizens for helping sending the message to Missouri that the arts matter that this is the right project for Kansas City, that it will augment our existing investments and that increasingly this is the right thing to do for Missouri,” Witte said.

Art in the Loop: Eggshells and Connections

Join Art in the Loop and the Downtown Council for two unique art performances in Downtown Kansas City:

Walking on Eggshells

Performed by Alison Moyna Greene
11:30am and 12:30 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016
Oppenstein Brother Memorial Park, 12th & Walnut

Alison Greene will present “Walking on Eggshells” a  performance on Thursday, August 18, between 11:30 and 1:30, in Oppenstein Park, at 12th & Walnut in Downtown Kansas City.

“Walking on Eggshells” is a metaphor that is often used when describing a feeling of being trapped by another’s will and when our voice is silenced.  The installation and performance of Greene’s artwork flips the meaning of this metaphor and presents a perspective where walking on the eggshells, as hard and painful or slow as it may be, is the purpose; to transform an uncomfortable feeling into a liberating one of self-compassion and divine expression.

Alison Moyna Greene is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Kansas City Missouri.  Alison received her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003.

Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, Cheeesy Pop’s ( and Pie Hole (


Presented by Jon Michael Johnson and SITU INC.
11:30am and 12:30 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016
Starts at Union Station Streetcar Stop

CONNECTIONS is a site-specific performance piece.   This mostly improvised event, as presented by Jon Michael Johnson and SITU INC., will follow one passenger as he boards the streetcar at Union Station.  He will be connected with someone new at each stop as the streetcar progresses through the route.  Will it be someone too different, someone too much the same, someone laughing,  crying,  spying,  hiding, someone lost — or found?
The theater of life will play out on the enclosed “stage” of the streetcar.  Each interaction should give us a glimpse into how we connect with those around us, and by extension, the community at large.  As the streetcar makes its way around the route and back to Union Station, CONNECTIONS will be an opportunity to tell a few tales — some tall, some with a spark of truth — and with the telling and a little luck, maybe we can create a “connection” or two.
Make a connection on Friday, August 19 at 11:30am and again at 12:30pm, starting and ending at the Union Station Streetcar stop.

These performances are free and open to the public and are part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement District,  City of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

CID Ambassadors are riding the KC Streetcar rails

Streetcar Ambassador Tamara Chatman not only chats with passengers in her new full-time role on the KC Streetcar, but also serves as an ambassador of good will for Downtown.

Streetcar Ambassador Tamara Chatman not only chats with passengers in her new full-time role on the KC Streetcar, but also excels as an ambassador of good will for Downtown.

When Mayor Sly James stepped aboard the KC Streetcar for his first official ride down the two-mile starter route on May 6, 2016, it was a milestone moment – the latest in a 13-year list of Downtown accomplishments that began with the establishment of the Downtown Community Improvement District (CID).

While the media’s eyes were glued to the world’s newest Streetcar system on its opening day, it was only fitting that the Mayor was welcomed aboard by a CID Ambassador. It was – and is – a moment to celebrate and to reflect on how far Downtown and the CIDs have come since 2003.

One example of that progress is reflect in a new agreement between the Streetcar Authority and the Downtown and River Market CIDs that contractually assigns three Ambassadors to full-time duties on the new Streetcar system.

Beginning with the Streetcar grand opening, a CID Ambassador is aboard one streetcar per shift – covering each day from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to have the CID Ambassadors a part of the KC Streetcar system,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar. “They provide a welcoming presence, and provide a sense of security to our riders.”

Mark Rowlands, director of the CIDs, echoed Gerend’s sentiments, adding that the Ambassadors are proud to be a part of the Streetcar experience in Downtown and the River Market. The first KC Streetcar team of Ambassadors includes Avery Williams, Larry Brown and Tamara Chatman – all veteran CID Ambassadors.

“We are excited about this great partnership with the Kansas City Streetcar Authority team,” Rowlands said. “Having the streetcars back in great, and having the Streetcar Ambassadors there to greet and help riders only makes it better.”



159-year-old Union Hill Cemetery joins National Register of Historic Places

Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery, Union Cemetery, has been honored with its addition to National Register of Historic Places

Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery, Union Cemetery, has been honored with its addition to National Register of Historic Places

Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery, the 159-year-old Union Cemetery, has been selected to join the National Register of Historic Places. The Union Cemetery Historical Society (UCHS) made the announcement this week.

Union Cemetery, the 27-acre urban green space and city park located at the north border of the Union Hill neighborhood in southern Downtown, offers a unique place to explore the city’s history. Its selection to be a part of the National Register of Historic Places was made by the U.S. Department of the Interior and was announced via the Director of the National Park Service this spring.

The National Register of Historic Places lists the official historic places across the nation deemed to be worthy of preservation under the National Park Service. This national program, launched following the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, coordinates and supports public and private efforts to distinguish, assess and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

Union Cemetery was nominated to the listing under Criterion A, noting local significance in the area of Exploration and Settlement. Union Cemetery also qualifies for the honor under Criterion D as it acts as a final resting place for numerous leaders in Kansas City’s history.

The Union Hill neighborhood has recognized the cemetery’s historical significance by naming its residential apartments after notable leaders buried in the cemetery, including Michael Diveley, George Caleb Bingham, John Calvin McCoy, John Campbell, Jacob Ragan, Allan B.H. McGee, Dr. Johnston Lynkins, Martha “Mattie” Lynkins Bingham, Hattie Drisdom Kearney, James M. Hunter, Milton J. Payne, John Taylor, Patti Moore, Tillman Crabtree and M.C. Wood.

Click here to read more about the cemetery via The Kansas City Star.

About Union Cemetery and Union Cemetery Historical Society

Union Cemetery Historical Society is a 501c3 organization founded in 1984 who’s mission is to restore, maintain, and preserve Union Cemetery, the oldest public cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Union Cemetery was founded in 1857 as a result of a dramatic increase in the populations of the towns of Kansas (now Kansas City) and Westport (now a midtown neighborhood). A cholera outbreak in 1849 led to a crisis as city leaders searched for a suitable place to create a new cemetery, and decided on the land now known as Union Cemetery as it was located halfway between the two towns. Located south of Crown Center and east of the Liberty Memorial, Union Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the founders, developers and leaders in Kansas City’s history. Union Cemetery is currently made up of 27 acres of land at 227 E. 28th Terrace in Kansas City, Missouri, and is maintained by the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation and the Union Cemetery Historical Society.

About Union Hill

Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods with more than 1,000 young professionals, established mobile mid-career and active empty nesters. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning more than 16 city blocks nestled between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and the Downtown skyline, the Union Hill district offers convenient living surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, fitness and some of Kansas City’s major employers. Bob Frye leads the overall development, preservation and advancement of Union Hill with a more than 30-year history of ownership and solid development that builds on 150 years of history with a long term vision and commitment to the neighborhood. Kansas City’s history is embraced throughout the district.

For more information, visit or follow the latest at on, @UHILLKC on Twitter and Instagram or call 816-777-5900.