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The KC Streetcar Authority, along with the Art in the Loop Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2021 Art in the Loop artists and art installations.
The kick-off event for the 2021 Art in the Loop Project: Resilient, was on Wednesday, July 7 at 6 p.m. in the lightwell event space, located at 1100 Main Street on the KC Streetcar line. It was an evening of art, music, and dance as the 2021 visual artists and 2021 performance series selections were announced. Attendees also enjoyed the jazz stylings of Everyday Strangers and a dance performance by Reina Gray.
This year marks the eighth year for the Art in the Loop Project, the sixth with the KC Streetcar, and includes artwork based on photography, painting, digitized illustrations and paintings, and more. The Art in the Loop Project is a curated outdoor exhibition of temporary artworks presented in partnership with the KC Streetcar Authority. Artists responded to the 2021 theme of “Resilient” and addressed questions about what an inclusive, equitable, accessible, and vibrant Downtown Kansas City looks like and what is needed for our city to remain resilient.
The following artists’ works will be displayed at streetcar stops and on one streetcar vehicle from July through October.
Artists are selected for the annual program through an online application process open to artists in the Kansas City metropolitan area. A selection panel consisting of local artists, curators, educators, and community members reviewed over 40 applications and selected 11 artist teams.
The 2021 Art in the Loop Project is guided by Kyle Mullins, who is serving in his first year as art director for the organization. Mullins is a dance artist living and creating in Kansas City, MO. He is the artistic director of his company Cerca Trova, where he creates works of dance theater, and producer of Making Moves, a monthly dance performance series he founded in 2019. He also works as a Peer Facilitator for Artist INC, and is a former Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident. Mullins danced in NYC for ten years before relocating home to Kansas City. He holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
The 2021 Art in the Loop Project is made possible through the generous support of the KC Streetcar Authority; the Missouri Arts Council; Arts KC; and corporate sponsors including Stinson, Academy Bank, Copaken Brooks, HNTB, JE Dunn Construction, McCownGordon Construction and many others. This project is also supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Project partners include the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement Districts, KC Streetcar, and the Kansas City Art Institute.
For Art in the Loop inquiries, please contact Art in the Loop Art Director, Kyle Mullins, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Program Director, Ann Holliday, email@example.com. For more information about Art in the Loop, visit www.artintheloop.com, www.facebook.com/artintheloop, or twitter.com/ArtintheLoop.