’15 Great Place in America’ – Kudos to the Crossroads

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a centerpiece of the Crossroads neighborhood. The center hosts an array of fine arts performances, including music, opera, and ballet.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a centerpiece of the Crossroads Arts District, named one of the “15 Great Places in America” this week. The 4-year-old Kauffman Center is located in the heart of Downtown Kansas City and is considered the most one of the outstanding performing arts centers in the world.

As we prepare to celebrate the October edition of First Friday tonight, it’s only fitting that the Crossroads Arts District has received national kudos this week for being one of the coolest places in the land.
The Crossroads of Downtown Kansas City made this year’s list of “15 Great Places in America,” according a national group of city planners.
The American Planning Association included the Crossroads on its annual list of neighborhoods, streets and public places released Wednesday.
“The Crossroads merges creativity, technology, and heritage into a melting pot of economic development,” according to the “15 Great Places” report. “The district continues to thrive in large part because of strong collaborate partnerships between city leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and residents.”
Much of the planning for that transformation may not be obvious, said Roberta Rewers, a spokeswoman for the association. “It’s like an iceberg,” she said. “It’s 90 percent of the work that goes on under the water.”
The association praised the area’s mix of artistic and entrepreneurial activities, walkability of streets and the efforts of city planners through Kansas City’s FOCUS plan in the 1990s and the Greater Downtown Area Plan in 2010.
“The Crossroads is best known for its arts and entertainment culture — from the upscale to the extreme, visitors will find an array of artistic expression within a few walkable blocks,” the article continued. “The iconic Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is set in the northwest corner of the arts district.
“The Crossroads also hosts a First Friday event each month (beginning at 6 p.m. today) which gathers the community together in celebration of local artists, art organizations, and local businesses.”
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Downtown will be smokin’ hot this week

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From Chenowith to Zappa; from Foxworthy and the Cable Guy to the Conservatory Wind Ensemble; from First Friday to a Night at the Cotton Club; from Opera to Flamenco … the next seven days will feature an amazing week of arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City.

Here is your guide to the coolest, hottest events in Downtown this week – Monday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 4:

The Comedy Get Down – featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy – will rock the big town at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Conservatory Wind Ensembledirected by Steven D. Davis, will take flight at 7 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

CrossroadsKC may be winding down its concert season, but they have saved two of the most anticipated shows of the year for this week. Zappa Plays Zappa will electrify Downtown at 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Breaking Benjamin light up the East Crossroads at 7 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, visit CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Don Giovanni, Mozart’s haunting tale of lust of ultimate consequence is updated to the smoky days of film noir runs through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

First Friday – the region’s premier art gallery and studio walk – is back… beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Arts District.

Flamenco Fire – performed by Compañia Flamenca José Porcel for the Harriman-Jewell Series – will dazzle Downtown KC at 7 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy will present their “We’ve Been Thinking Tour” in two shows this weekend — 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arvest Theater at the Midland.

Kristin Chenowith – the Wicked superstar actress and recording audience – performs with the Kansas City Symphony in this special benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.

Midland Theatre will be the epicenter of the live music scene in Downtown this week with four concerts in five days, including:

Night at the Cotton Clubpresented by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, will fill Helzberg Hall with the sounds of New York’s legendary Cotton Club with music of the jazz greats from the ’20s and ’30s. The Cotton Club returns to life at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center.

Trillion Dollar Economists. Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists are far more often effective innovators than hit-and-miss prognosticators in a discussion of his book Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas Have Transformed Business. A former vice president and director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, he currently is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Live Music lights up Downtown on most nights at:

Live Theater takes the stage at multiple venues throughout Downtown. Now showing:

  • The Miracle Workerthe story of Helen Keller and the teacher who held the key, opens Tuesday and runs thru Oct. 25 at The Coterie.
  • Tin Pan Alley – where songwriters such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael and scores of others crafted classic songs that became the heart of the Great American Songbook – opens Friday and runs thru Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

For more of what’s happening as Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.

Techweek is here! Agenda for Monday

Techweek Kanasas City opens today (Monday) - beginning a week-long technology conference and festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek Kanasas City opens today (Monday) – beginning a week-long technology conference and festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek Kansas City has arrived! Today marks the pre-conference opening of a week-long run of the first, annual Techweek conference + festival in Downtown KC.

Techweek KC will feature its signature technology conference and speakers (Wed-Fri) , the LaunchKC startup grants competition (Thu-Fri), basecamp at the Sprint Accelerator (Monday and every day), tech business tours (Tuesday), hiring fair (Wednesday), business expo (Thu-Fri), fashion show, receptions and parties (nightly), concerts (Fri and Sat.), and a hackathon (next weekend) spread out to feature Downtown destinations including Union Station, the Power & Light District and the Crossroads Arts District.

Here is what’s on tap for today on the Techweek KC schedule for Techweek attendees:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Basecamp: co-working space at Sprint Accelerator
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Entrepreneur Hall of Fame tour at the Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the UMKC Campus. RSVP here.
  • 7-10 p.m. Techweek Official Kickoff Party at Boulevard Brewery. RSVP here.

Techweek, the nation’s largest technology conference + festival, chose Kansas City in January to be its sixth U.S. hub for its unique and immersive blend of tech learning, collaborating and networking. The other Techweek cities to hold annual conferences + festivals include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit.

For registration information and the complete Techweek schedule, visit techweek.com/kansascity.

 

Artist and Fashion Designer Showcases New Work @ The Box Gallery, Friday 9/11

J17931 Box Gallery Whitney Manney Eblast - pre showAn exhibition in Downtown KC will feature a super-sized textile installation, pattern-charged design and a 9-look fashion show.  Artist Whitney Manney titled her exhibit and her label’s sixth collection, ArkhiMODiste.  A runway fashion show will be held at the opening reception on Friday, September 11th at 7pm. Manney will give an artist talk on September 25th at noon in the gallery.    All events are free and open to the public.

Manney’s innovative fashion designs are functional and wearable.  Her new work was inspired by the industrial spirit that has shaped our urban landscape.

Kansas City native Whitney Manney graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012.  Her collections have been showcased in ten local/regional shows including a solo exhibit at UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City Fashion Week, Saint Louis Fashion Week and Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.  As a 2013 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient, Manney participated in teaching partnerships with the HALO Foundation and various area schools. For more information on the artist visit whitneymanney.com.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm.  Free parking validation is available. This 830 square feet gallery is designed for exhibitions by local artists, collectors, universities and arts organizations.  Underwritten by Commerce Bank the gallery’s mission is to serve a Downtown audience of residents, workers and visitors, with creative cultural art and history exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage.

For more information contact: Robin Trafton, director, The Box Gallery,TheBoxGallery@towerproperties.com

Downtown Replay Sound & Dance Performance in Oppenstein Park, Thursday 9/10

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

Kacico Dancers. Photo by Madison Kludy

This Thursday, September 10, at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, choreographer Lauren Thompson, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create a sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes from the existing Celestial Flyways and Star Disk artwork by Laura DeAngelis commissioned by Art in the Loop in 2009.

With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

Lauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Learn more about Downtown Replay and view images from a previous performance at the KCATA’s 10th & Main Transit Center here: http://www.downtownkc.org/portfolio-item/lauren-thompson/

 

 

Cat Mahari & Friends: Insta-bility, in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, September 3rd

If you are an active member of the Downtown community you’ve probably noticed the plastic bag installation growing across the entrance of Oppenstein Park, located at 12th and Walnut.

This Thursday, September 3rd in Oppenstein Park at 11:30 am, Art in the Loop presents a choreographed performance by Cat Mahari, Joshie G Falcon and Frank Monki Pham: Insta-bility. This dance performance will center on exploring personal identity, and the societal relationship held between ourselves and the environment. This piece will be informed and shaped by Minh DuPha’s large scale canopy installation of the same name. They will be performing multiple sets at 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 1pm.

Cat Mahari is a professional movement artist, a current artist resident at Charlotte Street Foundation, and a recording artist. She recently performed at the TEDxYouth@StateLineRoad:

 

Frank Pham is a professional dancer, aspiring danceFrankMonk therapist, and part of the dance group, “Boogie Munstars Family” founded here in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.

Lauren Thompson & Jonathan Robertson: Downtown Replay, Tuesday, Sep. 1st

Art imitates life, life imitates art – this is the feedback loop that creates Downtown Replay, an exploration through movement and sound.

This Tuesday, September 1, at 11:30am in the KCATA Transit Plaza, choreographer Lauren ThompsonKacico, of Kacico Dance, and Sound Designer/Composer Jonathan Robertson will create this sound and movement experience utilizing microphones and dancers to capture naturally occurring sound and movement in real time, and fold back that sensory experience for the public to reinterpret. The dancers are scheduled to perform three 30 minute sets, 11:30am-12:00pm, 12:15pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:30pm, while the sound performance plays throughout.

The choreography will utilize the forms and shapes already present in another Art in the Loop project from 2005, Uplifted Arms. This original project took the ordinary and everyday out of context, challenging our view of the mundanity. Dancers will imitate, and integrate the movement and postures of the sculptures, as well as those in attendance, to give each pedestrian’s everyday movements a new platform and forum for expression. With microphones placed strategically in areas of heavy traffic the sound designer, Jonathan Robertson, will record and reuse the naturally occurring noise to create an atmosphere that takes these sounds out of context. As people pass the microphones, they unwittingly help to compose a new sound atmosphere. The goal of this performance is to create an interactive and generative feedback loop that is site specific. Audience members are highly encouraged to engage with the artwork by becoming noisemakers to help feed into the sound system, and also to engage with the dancers to inspire improvisational movement.

fountain busLauren Thompson holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with several groups in the Kansas City area and currently works with Kacico Dance.

Sound designer and composer Jonathan Robertson has worked on several productions in Kansas City area, including work with the UMKC and the Unicorn Theater. Jonathan holds a Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.

Broken String Latin Jazz Trio, in Oppenstein Park, THURSDAY, August 27th

Have a penchant for jazz? Flamenco? How about a three piece band specializing in both and MORE?

This Thursday, August 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park, Art in the Loop presents, BrokenStringLookingAtSkylineURLBroken String Latin Jazz Trio. Broken String creates guitar and percussion driven soundscapes filled with a delightfully fresh spirit and soul. Artfully integrating traditional North American Jazz, authentic Spanish Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, Brazilian music, and much more, the trio provides audiences with captivating performances that thrill the musical senses. Broken String will be playing two 50 minute sets, one starting at 11:30am and the other beginning at 12:40pm.

Michael McClintock – Guitar graduated from the nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance in 2006. While at the Conservatory, he studied under classical guitar master Douglas Niedt. Following graduation, Michael continued his studies with four-time Grammy Nominee Rod Fleeman, and, has established himself squarely in the center of the Kansas City music scene.

BrokenStringStreetCarURLJarrod Stephenson – Guitar began playing music at a very young age. In 2002, his thirst for something more inspired him to attend the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was honored with the Greensburg Guitar Scholarship for his studies. In addition to performing solo Classical repertoire under the study of the prestigious Douglas Niedt, Jarrod had an active interest in Jazz which led him to study with the renowned jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman. In 2006, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, at which point he began exploring the art form of Flamenco.

John Currey – Percussion is the Director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Ensemble, was an original Union Station Cast Member of Sticks of Thunder, holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master’s degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches for the Conservatory’s Community Music & Dance Academy. John is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworks, has played timpani for the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and, extra timpani and percussion with the Kansas City Symphony. Numerous performance credits include appearances with the Czech National Orchestra, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, nationally-touring productions of Broadway’s Evita and Ragtime, the Chico Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Caribbean Steel pan band. He has played percussion at the Sunflower Music Festival, and served two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass. A member of the Tri-Percussion group, the Flamenco dance and music ensemble De los Barrios, Broken String, and an arranger for the former Marimba Yajalón, John has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.

Downtown KC Urban Hero and Kirk Award Nominations Open!

It’s that time of year again! Time to honor the people making Downtown Kansas City the place we all enjoying living, working and playing! The Downtown Council has two annual awards programs:

1) Urban Heroes Award

This award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play. The award is given to those who have worked to improve the quality of life Downtown. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

2) J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award in Honor of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship

This award is presented annually to leaders whose vision, guidance and commitment have helped set Downtown on a clear path for revitalization. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

Please share your thoughts with us and let us know who deserves some public gratitude!

Nomination Process

1) Urban Heroes Award: Send Julie Shippy, jules@downtownkc.org, your nomination. Please include a brief statement describing the individual as well as their name and contact information.

2) Phil Kirk Award: Send Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, your nomination. Please include a brief statement describing the individual as well as their name and contact information.

Nominations Due September 11, 2015!

Mnemosyne Quartet & Zach Shemon: Anomalous City, at Prairie Logic, TUESDAY 8/25

Sound and our ability to hear it is one of the greatest sensational conversations that our bodies create with the environment. Sound has the ability to make us aware of our presence in the world, but can also transport us beyond our imaginations.

This Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00pm on the rooftop park, Prairie Logic, (1251 Main Street, 6th floor) Art in the Loop presents the drift4_Page_2Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon: Anomalous City.  This project plays on the observers’ perceptions and their ability to cope with unforeseen environments within their own set of expectations. Anomalous City will transport the sounds of the natural environment into the urban landscape of Prairie Logic, as well as exaggerate sounds already present in the park. The introduced environments will range from remote landscapes–such as the African jungle or Australian Outback –to an augmented reality of the urban landscape, and then to a future where an artificially intelligent being becomes active, adding to the sound of the digitally driven modulated environment, engaging the observers’ imaginations with it’s foreign and unique sound. Anomalous City will feature music composed by members of Mnemosyne Quartet as well as Dr. Mara Gibson.

MnemosyneGroupMnemosyne 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.

IMG_9923-228x342Zachary 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.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.

Rev. William Ellis Bradley: SOLLUS in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, August 20th

Have you ever spent time contemplating the sounds of our sun? Perhaps ever wondered what the tone of our being consists of?

This Thursday, August 20 in Oppenstein Park at 11:30am, Art in the Loop presents, SOLLUS. SOLLUS, performed by the trio of the same name (consisting of Art In The Loop Previous Source Material Permeable Membrain REVWEBcomposer Rev. William Ellis Bradley and performers Joey Watson and J. Ashley Miller), is a long-tone composition based upon the orbital patterns of our solar system’s celestial bodies and is played using solar-powered instruments built by Rev. Bradley.

Eight, solar-powered, dual-tone drones (each tuned to and representing a single planet in our system) will act as a tonal cluster suspended throughout the entirety of the piece, upon which the trio will layer a perpetual canon played using solar-vessel flutes. As the trio’s minimalistic round continues, the players allow themselves to progressively slip atop one another, thickening the already present tonal field. An opaque cloud of drones, climatically swaying and modulating with the sun, fills the soundscape, alerting us to the presence of our planet’s relationship to its life-source

Art In The Loop Headshot Black White REVWEBRev. William Ellis Bradley is an experimental luthier and sound artist who has received degrees from from the Kansas City Art Institute (Sculpture ’14) and the Alternative School of Fine Art at Wickerson Studios (Alternative Fine Arts & Sound ’15). In his work, Bradley attempts to elevate the spirituality of sound through audio performance utilizing his hand-assembled solar powered instruments. The ensemble SOLLUS (consisting of Joey Watson and J. Ashley Miller, led by Rev. Bradley) emphasizes the universal language of waveforms through long-tone performance based on the orbital patterns of our solar system.

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.

The Arts Asylum: Community Tile in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, August 13th

Although not everyone can hold the title of artist, everyone can, and should be, encouraged to create. This is the philosophy of The Arts Asylum, a local Kansas City organization committed to serving artists, creative companies and performers.

This Thursday, August 13 at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park,tile pic The Arts Asylum will host a creative lunch hour in which they will engage our community to make their signature Alcohol Ink Tiles. The beauty of using the medium of Alcohol ink is its ability to work on its own and with the user to teach color mixing, balance, and control while not requiring any special tools or materials. The tiles only take a few minutes to make, and will leave a lasting impression with those who tend to forget the importance of creativity and imagination. The performance will proceed while supplies last, so don’t miss out! 

 

Arts Asylum LogoThe Arts Asylum is a visual and performing Arts Venue just east of the downtown core that aims to assist new and established artists in all facets of art with the creation and presentation of their art forms.

 

 

Art in the Loop

This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project.  Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.

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.