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The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the Downtown Kansas City community through a series of art installations and performances in the center of Downtown Kansas City from May 1 through September 30, 2018. These art installations and performances will be placed on board the KC Streetcar or at streetcar stops, as well as at the downtown KC Library and West Terrance Park.
Artists are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session about this year’s program. The Artists Information Session will be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Street Foundation, Neighborhood Artist Residency located at 4001 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Register here for this free session: https://2018artintheloop.eventbrite.com
The goal of the Art in the Loop Project is to infuse 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 an opportunity for local emerging and established artists to extend their practice into the Downtown environment with curatorial, professional and logistical support.
The theme for the 2018 project is “KC PLAYS!” How can play elicit happiness, friendship, excitement, humor and problem-solving through the lens of temporary art installations and performances? Play is evident at the base of every truly creative art expression. Taking inspiration from the president of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play and professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Rhonda Clements, says, “It is important to maintain a healthy sense of play throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our complex society requires clear thinkers, playful attitudes, humor and creativity for complex problem-solving.” Art in the Loop is looking for artists to infuse our city with Play!!