“Art in the Loop: Celebrating Ten Years of Revitalizing Downtown KC with Public Art” is a new art exhibit that takes a new look at the organization’s successful projects and reveals its plans for the future.

The exhibition opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday and runs through July 25 at The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut, in the Commerce Arcade.

Why is public art important to Downtown Kansas City?

How do local projects help emerging artists?

The exhibition will answer these questions and explain the detailed process of site-specific public art commissions –uncovering the complexity of the projects and the creativity of the artists involved.  The exhibition will include a display of artist sketches, project photographs, site plans, sculpture models and materials.  The show also includes a new video about Art in the Loop’s program through the voices of local artists and the foundation.  A new walking tour map of public art in the Downtown Loop will be provided free.

Founded in 2004, Art in the Loop is an established 501c3 nonprofit arts organization recognized for commissioning outdoor public art for Downtown Kansas City.  The organization’s strength stems from its unique partnership with three prominent Kansas City entities, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission and the Downtown Council of Kansas City.  Common ground is found in a shared belief that the development of the downtown area and enhancing the cultural life of our city are directly linked.

Over the past decade Art in the Loop has partnered with a large number of local businesses, non-profits, foundations, arts organizations — and commissioned the following artists and architects:  Cortney Andrews, Alejandro Aptilon, Marcus Cain, Julia Cole, Dominique Davison, Laura DeAngelis, Rachelle Gardner, Dylan Mortimer, Amy Myers, Leigh Rosser, Ross Sawyers, Ascot Smith, Sean Starowitz, Jamie Warren, Davin Watne, and Allan Winkler.

As Art in the Loop moves into its second decade the mission of the organization continues to focus on commissioning permanent public art; however, the organization is also introducing temporary projects that invite artists to activity engage the community with temporary visual art installations and performances, or “creative placemaking.”

The exhibition opens on Friday and will run through Friday, July 25.  There is an opening reception event on First Friday, June 6th from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (free and open to the public).  The gallery’s regular open hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Box Gallery is an 830-sq.-ft space that presents rotating exhibitions, often by partnering with local artists, collectors, universities, and cultural arts organizations.  Its mission is to serve a downtown audience of residents, workers, and visitors, with exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage.  www.theboxgallery.org

For more information, please contact The Box Gallery director Robin Trafton by calling 816-760-7885, or email TheBoxGallery@towerproperties.com.  For more information on Art in the Loop Foundation, please contact Ann Holliday at the Downtown Council of Kansas City, 816-979-1072 or visit www.artintheloopcom.


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