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.

Tim Brown: Pileus in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, August 6th

Intersecting ancient rites and contemporary sculpture, artist Tim Brown brings community engagement from the historical context to our modern world in a ceremony that combines music, dance, and audience participation.

This Thursday, August 6th at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, multimedia artist Tim Brown presents Pileus. 

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As a group, downtown community volunteers will join artist Tim Brown to erect and wrap a sculpture in Oppenstein Park to music in a way similar to Maypole ceremonies held throughout Europe. Passers by will be encouraged to put on a pileus and engage the wrapping of the large sculpture with strips of plastic wrap, all the while joining in dance and song.

The pileus was a cap that was part of an ancient Roman ceremony that would free slaves from their masters. In this ceremony, the Roman slave owner would tap the slave on the shoulder with the ceremonial stick, shave the slave’s head, and give them a pileus as a replacement for their head of hair. Freed slaves would then wear the pileus to show the people of Rome their newfound liberation from slavery. Through this performance, the artist wishes to invoke a similar sense of freedom, liberation, and a movement towards auspicious new beginnings.

tbrown_loop_headshopTim Brown is an Oklahoma-born sculptor, drawer, and writer who transplanted to Kansas City from Los Angeles in the Summer of 2013.  He’s currently a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Resident, and will be participating in Chicago’s Terrain Biennial this August.  In addition to his individual practice, Brown also exhibits with art collective Okay Mountain, who will be showing work at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles this September.

Instagram: @spondu

Twitter: @unotito

 

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.

Carswell & Hope: Hope Index in Oppenstein Park, Thursday, 7/30

Music has the power to invoke emotions ranging from immense joy to sorrow, and everywhere in between. Those sympathetic and empathetic enough can attune to these complexities and reach a broader awareness of the meaning beneath the rhythm and pulse.

This Thursday, July 30 in Oppenstein Park from 11:30am-1:30pm Carswell & Hope invite all to share their interpretations and reactions to the original songs of Carswell & Hope, through a unique audience-performer collaboration.

The band has devised the Hope Index Chart, that outlines the range of, sometimes parallel and sometimes simultaneous, emotions, themes and concepts in their music. Categories that range from Hope and Compassion, to Fear and Confusion, to Love and Sadness. As the band performs their original songs, the public is invited to make their mark on the Hope Index Chart that corresponds to their perception of the story, message or emotion being portrayed. The result will be a piece of art, created in collaboration with audience and performer, and a record of the thoughts and feelings shared by both throughout the performance. The performance will be organized in 3, thirty-minute sets.

Members of Carswell & Hope constructing the Hope Index Chart

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From Lawrence, KS, Carswell & Hope bring vintage rock sounds and sensibilities together with big harmonies, killer guitaCarswell&Hope wall textr hooks and rocking tunes. The debut LP ‘A Hunger’ was described as “a collection of wistful and inventive songs cast in various shades of indie pop and chamber pop” by KC Star’s Tim Finn and an “impressive debut . . . an intelligent mix of vintage rock and pop, with an experimental leaning” by Hot Press magazine. Think Van Morrison meets Wilco, and Glen Hansard shows them around town.

Keep updated on the upcoming Art in the Loop performance and more by going to CarswellandHope.com or Facebook.com/carswellandhope

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.

Vincente Perez: B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad) in Oppenstein Park, July 23rd

Identity is the key concept of our own being and perspective of life. Where we come from, the decisions we make, and the life that occurs around us are all infused in what it means to be ourselves. The journey to find that meaning, and the awareness we gain from the discovery can vastly influence our understanding of those unlike ourselves.

This Thursday, July 23rd at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, local poet Vincente Perez will present B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad), a joint audio and print chapbook that explores the liminal status of being Black, Latino, a father, low income, and more.

This will be the first comprehensive display of the various components of Perez’s Chapbook: B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad). The goal of this performances is to interrupt peoples’ lives, for just a moment, to introduce a vivid and raw examination of contemporary political, and social struggles throughout his personal narrative. The performance will be organized by three sets of 30 minute performances between 11:30am-1:30pm.

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B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad)

B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad) is a joint audio and print chapbook that explores Perez’s liminal status of being Black, Latino, a father, low income, and more. This poetry collection is be accompanied by illustrations and music curated by independent artists of color that share his same vision. Through the use of spoken word poetry, Hip-Hop, and oral history, this project demonstrates the power of the narrative and it’s potential to provide a radical challenge to the popular narratives that are spread about race, people of color, and resistance. Perez  hopes to interject a raw and unapologetic critique of innately human experiences and emotions so often ignored in response to race relations and privileges that cause us stress and anxiety. This cultural avoidance ensures the persistent existence of social ills such as racism, classism, and other forms of oppression.

Blackness and Latinidad are words that capture the experiences of being Black and Latinx (respectively). Depending on whom you ask, Perez stands in the middle of these terms or even completely outside of them. The parentheses in the title, B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad), represent the boundaries forced onto Perez. Instead of letting these labels define him, Perez has re-appropriated the boundaries by changing the order to represent his personal experience. He uses the parentheses to represent the boundaries forced onto him by his “lack ” of clear identity and by being a “dad”.

At this performance expect to experience poetry, storytelling, and music to highlight the lived experience of mixed race in a world obsessed with strict categorization.

10955781_409791735854434_7346392878985716582_nVincente Perez
As a poet, activist, father and more, Vincente Perez focuses on the lived experiences of race in America through several mediums. His work centers on Black and Latin experiences with a special emphasis on Hip-Hop, Spoken word, Narratives, and Identity Politics. Through a unique style of mixing political commentary, personal experience, and poetry, Perez will challenge the idea of our distinct political, social, and economic lives by interjecting stories and political messages through raw emotions that blur the lines that have been arbitrarily defined and marked out for us by others.

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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.

Dining in style in Downtown hotels, pt. 2

Making plans for lunch or dinner out prior to a concert following this weekend’s Maker Faire at Union Station or Sunday’s Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts?

Well, here’s a delicious suggestion. The next time you visit Downtown for arts, entertainment or business, accentuate the positive with lunch, happy hour or dinner at one of KC’s outstanding Downtown hotel restaurants, including four Downtown Council member hotels – the Ambassador, the Downtown Marriott, the Hilton President and the Hotel Phillips.

This blog post will introduce you to two – 12 Baltimore at the Hotel Phillips and  Metropolitan KC at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  Last week, the blog welcomed you to Providence New American Kitchen at the President Hotel and the Reserve at the Ambassador Hotel.

12 Baltimore (Hotel Phillips)12th & Baltimore
12 Baltimore is the place to see and be seen in Downtown Kansas City. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week with great happy hour specials. You won’t find a better place for a power lunch, pre-theater appetizers or dinner, or to relax over a specially crafted cocktail.

Some daily specials include hearty sandwiches, refreshing salads and house made soups. Taking advantage of the partnership 12 Baltimore has with Boulevard Brewery, 12 Baltimore’s Executive Chef uses many of Boulevard’s locally crafted beers in his recipes, creating unique, flavorful offerings sure to satisfy anyone’s appetite. Food favorites include: Angus Short Rib Nachos, Chardonnay Poached Pear Salad and Filet Bruschetta

Open 7 days a week: Sunday – Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. For large group reservations, contact Leslie Sargent, Catering Sales Manager 816.346.4405. For regular reservations call 816.346.4410 or reserve online at opentable.com.

 

MetropolitanKC (Kansas City Marriott Downtown) MetroKC
Experience the finest in Kansas City dining and create lasting memories in a sophisticated, yet comfortable, atmosphere. Indulge and unwind at MetropolitanKC, where you will find vibrant tastes to satisfy every palette. Join them and delight in contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Visit MetropolitanKC for dinner before the Symphony, Ballet or Broadway shows and receive 10% off any entrée when you show your ticket. Or make it a really big night out and stay after dinner or after the show at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Make your reservation today and take advantage of one of their great deals. They offer everything from delicious fresh breakfasts and diverse lunch options, to sophisticated dinner entrées and unique culinary creations.

Some favorites include: Barbeque Salmon, topped with avocado relish and served with cauliflower mash and sauteed green beans, Grilled Smoked Pork Chop, topped with burnt apple glazed caramelized onion and sweet pea mashed potatoes and wilted spinach, Bermuda Triangle, silky chocolate cake layered with rich chocolate shavings served with chocolate and strawberry sauce and Smoked Chicken Flatbread, house-smoked chicken salad on fried pita chips garnished with roasted grapes, arugula and fig balsamic reduction.

Hours of operation: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p..m. – 10 pm. daily. Breakfast Buffet: open Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Buffet available Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Reservations available by calling 816.802.7095 or online at opentable.com.

If you don’t have time for a leisurely dinner, you can stop in their energetic lobby space, BARCENTRAL, and enjoy mouthwatering bites and handcrafted cocktails.

Camry Ivory: Coloratura in Oppenstein Park, July 16th

Synesthesia is a condition of mixed sensations. The stimulus of one sensory experience involuntarily triggers the reactionary sensation of another sense. This neurological phenomenon is the conceptual basis of this week’s performance.

This Thursday, July 16th in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, singer-songwriter Camry Ivory will be performing and inviting the public to experience the sensational and tactile performance that is Coloratura:

Coloratura: Explorations of Music & Art is a multimedia project that combines visual art and music by converting paint brushes and canvas into a midi controller that can create and manipulate live music. As the paint touches the canvas, musical tones will be emitted, creating a synesthetic experience, stimulating multiple senses at once. Instead of the art inspiring the music or the music inspiring the art, both are created simultaneously. Coloratura encourages audience members to reconsider the intersection of visual and performing arts as well as to participate in the creative process themselves.

969047_487240058015968_1798276188_nCamry Ivory is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, claiming both sides of the state line as her home.  She is an active performer in the Kansas City musical scene, lending her vocal and piano talents to various musical endeavors ranging from jazz and funk to folk and experimental pop.

Art in the Loop

This is the second performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and 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 opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

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.

Ready for Round 2? Fiery Stick Open returns on Friday

Fiery stick open

Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and the party won’t stop until 11 p.m. FEATURING: 

Performance by Girl Talk

Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout with qualifying rounds

Food Trucks, Bars and Beer Gardens

Competitive Leisure Sports

Clubhouse and Hospitality Areas

QUALIFIERS: From 5pm – 8pm, a $10 donation to The Victory Project buys you a qualifying shot from 120 yards. The shots closest to the pin at the end of the round will qualify for the Million Dollar Shootout.

MILLION DOLLAR SHOOTOUT: From 8-9pm gather around the tee box and watch as the 15 finalists feed off of your cheers for a 140 yard shot at a Million Dollar Hole-in-One!

Tickets are only $20, purchase now at www.fierystick.com

Maura Garcia: Everybody’s Chance Dance in Oppenstein Park, July 9th

If you had the opportunity to choreograph a dance, what would it look like?
This is the very question Maura Garcia, a local dancer and choreographer, is posing to our community.

Thursday, July 9th, in Oppenstein Park from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,me dancing in the streets
Maura Garcia will create Everybody’s Chance Dance. Inspired by Merce  Cunningham’s Choreography by Chance technique, Liz Lerman’s community engagement strategies and traditional Cherokee values, Garcia will interact with the community by asking questions about the look, form, direction and feel of Everbody’s Chance Dance. Following the responses, Garcia will then invite attendees to join her for the physical creation, rehearsal, and eventual performance
of the completed piece.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Maura Garcia will be in Oppenstein Park asking  pedestrians and visitors (along with social media requests) what it is that they would like to experience in this site-specific, community-choreographed piece.

At 12:15 p.m. the choreographing with community volunteers will begin. All are invited to join in! Group rehearsal will follow as members of the community, along with Maura Garcia, learn the site-specific dance of their creation.

The performance of the completed dance will then follow at 1:00 p.m., with an open invitation to perform alongside Garcia! This is the culmination of the event, uniting the community and place together to truly present Everybody’s Chance Dance.

Maura Garcia iIMG_1639s a local dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Garcia is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee and Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to her works. She specializes in multimedia, one-woman shows involving audience participation and community members as performers.  Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee lifeways, the environment, and social justice underlie her creations. Garcia uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift indigenous cultural values, and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Art in the Loop

This is the inaugural performance of the 2015 Art in the Loop project. Our goal is to infuse Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and 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 opportunities for local emerging and maturing artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.

The 2015 Art in the Loop Project consists of 11 performances and 9 installations. Performances will take place on Thursdays, July 9 through September 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Oppenstein Park and at other locations. Artworks will be installed in mid-July and be in place through September.

Find out more:

For even more details:

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.