Art in the Loop to launch new season with virtual kickoff

Make plans now to celebrate the 2020 Art in the Loop kickoff from the comfort of your personal space with a virtual event set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The program will feature the 10 participating artists and artist teams who share insights about their art in a series of two-minute videos interspersed with updates about the program. The artists’ works are on display at KC Streetcar stops, along the streetcar route and wrapping a streetcar vehicle through September.

Go to Eventbrite to register for the free event. Then, celebrate the Art in the Loop season kickoff – and the power of public art – beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on YouTube.

The 2020 Art in the Loop Project is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks presented in partnership with the KC Streetcar Authority. The Art in the Loop Foundation is a partnership of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

You can learn more about Art in the Loop, by checking out this feature story in KC Studio magazine.

Ballet, Opera, Symphony & Harriman-Jewell: No performances thru 2020

To address building occupancy restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series conclude it is not possible to perform. They jointly announced on Tuesday the postponement or cancellation of their on-stage programming at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 31, 2020.

The decision was made based on current information about the pandemic and its impact, which has stopped all activity at the Kauffman Center since mid-March.

“Collectively, the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series have conducted evaluations and extensive scenario planning. It was determined that it was in the best interest of our shared audiences, artists, staff, volunteers, and guests that resources be conserved now to put us in a stronger position to return for a dynamic and robust season next calendar year,” said Kauffman Center President & CEO Paul Schofer.

“We each remain committed to our mission to enrich the lives of our communities throughout the region, country and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. We cannot wait to welcome all of our audiences back to the Kauffman Center.”

For a complete schedule of the numerous performances that remain scheduled at the Kauffman Center visit kauffmancenter.org. Currently, the Kauffman Center is closed to the public through August 2. For more information regarding updates and performance schedule changes at the Kauffman Center, please visit kauffmancenter.org/coronavirus.

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