KC Parks News

  1. Firefighters Fountain and Memorial 1% for Art Project

    11375173_288190684684896_1213577620_nA new art project has been installed at the Firefighters Fountain and Memorial in Penn Valley Park and will officially be dedicated at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 11.

    Arizona artist Barbara Grygutis was selected through a Call-For-Artists process in 2011 to create a site-specific artwork for the Firefighters Fountain and Memorial in Penn Valley Park. The artist met several times with the project steering committee and developed a design which incorporated particular goals for the site, including re-working and correcting the names of fallen firefighters included in the memorial. The art project consists of two large, segmented, curved ‘walls’, each consisting of a double row of perforated aluminum panels, mounted on a low limestone wall. Solid aluminum plaques will be mounted on one side, etched with the names of fallen firefighters.

    The perforated aluminum panels are lit from inside with blue LED lights. The blue light is intended to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere, and to symbolize knowledge, integrity, seriousness, reliability and trust.

    The granite bases in the circle at the north side of the site display etched names of fallen firefighters. But those surfaces are filled, and the names are unevenly distributed. In addition, research done by the Fire Department revealed some names which had been left off and others which had errors in spelling or dates. The new aluminum name panels have the corrected information on the new art walls. But the existing granite bases will remain in the circle, and will have new metal panels attached on their surfaces, which will also describe significant events in the history of Kansas City’s Fire Department.

    Funding for the project was provided through the City’s 1% for Art program.  Future landscaping around the fountain will be funded by PIAC.

  2. Participate in #KCParks Brush Creek Art Walk

    Margie_Moss_Winner2Be part of KC’s Fourth Annual Brush Creek Art Walk~a plein air painting competition along the banks of Brush Creek!  

    There are several ways to enjoy and participate in this year’s Brush Creek Art Walk!

    Register to participate as an artist. More>>

    Volunteer to help out. Email Coordinator>>

    Sponsor the Purchase Award for one of three Quick Paint competitions.

    Stroll the 4-miles of walkways along the banks of Brush Creek and enjoy the artists at work.

    Purchase one of the completed paintings at the Awards Reception and juried exhibit on October 6.

    Promote the event by sharing this email and other BCAW links via social media.

    We appreciate your support of Kansas City’s vibrant plein air painting scene and look forward to seeing you at the Creek!

  3. A Contemporary Circus Performance with an Urban Twist Will Close Starlight Theatre’s Broadway Season

    CirqueEloize_Photo_3Hailing from Old Montréal, the company of Cirque Éloize will soon bring its brilliant mix of circus arts and urban dance to Starlight Theatre’s Cohen Community Stage. Closing Starlight’s 65th Broadway summer season Sept. 8-13 is Cirque Éloize iD, a live performance that brims with daring feats and modern twists.

    Cirque Éloize iD is directed by Jeannot Painchaud, who cofounded Cirque Éloize in Montreal in 1993. The eighth original creation from the company, iD has delighted audiences in more than 85 cities in 25 countries since it debuted in 2009. The touring show, however, is making its first stops in the United States in 2015.

    An astonishing modern circus with dance, rock music, video projections and performers who have perfected the many disciplines of circus entertainment, iD transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape in the heart of a city. It’s a public space where people seek refuge, shed their anonymity, forge an identity and express individuality. Acrobats, break dancers and contortionists perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections as the show builds to a stunning finale on its one-of-a-kind video trampowall.

    Fifteen artists from six countries perform 12 circus disciplines and dance to create iD’s urban universe; the diverse mix is in keeping with Cirque Éloize’s tradition of using multidisciplinary performers of many nationalities.

    Cirque Éloize iD is one of those shows that truly captivates audiences,” said Rich Baker, Starlight president and CEO Rich Baker. “Although it’s different than most of the theatrical shows we bring to Starlight, I know audience members will be immediately caught up in the energy, artistry and talent of this production.”

    The show’s creative team, led by director Painchaud, includes executive producer Jonathan St-Onge; set designer, illustrator and video images co-designer Robert Massicotte; show acrobatic designer and head trainer, Krzysztof Soroczynski; artistic contributor Mourad Merzouki; Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon, co-composers; Linda Brunelle, costume designer; Nicolas Descôteaux, lighting designer; Alexis Laurence, video images co-designer; and Suzanne Trépanier, makeup designer.

    Cirque Éloize has performed live theatrical shows for audiences in more than 440 cities worldwide during the past 20-plus years. It counts 10 original creations in its portfolio of productions.

    Tickets for Cirque Éloize iD at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $13 to $91. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

    Discount prices for groups of 15 or more are available by contacting group sales coordinator Staci Shute at 816.997.1137 or staci.shute@kcstarlight.com.

    About Starlight Theatre Starlight Theatre, winner of the 2013 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for- profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.

    Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.

    For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.

  4. City’s Art in the Square Debuts at Washington Square Park

    This fall, residents and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Washington Square Park to enjoy public art installations as part of the City’s first Art in the Square Exhibit. Art in the Square is an initiative of the City of Kansas City to showcase public art while reinforcing the City’s commitment to investing in local artists. Art in the Square is made possible through collaboration between the City’s Municipal Art Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department. The exhibit represents a unique collection of thought-provoking artwork that ranges from whimsical to innovative. The first Art in the Square exhibit, which will be placed in Washington Square Park, will feature art work from five local artists. This outdoor gallery is free and open to the public from September 10 through December 21.

    “Art in the Square provides local artists with a unique opportunity to gain experience in the creation of outdoor art, and gives art enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to rediscover Washington Square Park,” said Public Art Administrator, Elizabeth Bowman.

    The exhibit’s opening reception will take place in Washington Square Park on September 10 from 5:30 until 7 p.m.  Residents and art enthusiasts are invited to meet the artists, view the art installations, and enjoy live music and local food trucks. Those who are unable to join the opening reception are encouraged to view the art work in Washington Square Park through Dec. 21. Washington Square Park is located at intersection of Pershing Rd. and Grand Blvd. The historic park is a Kansas City landmark, recognizable by the prominent statue of George Washington atop a horse; the park celebrates 90 years of establishment in Kansas City this year.

    “The City’s first Art in the Square exhibit proves that public art is more than just statues of famous people,” said Bowman. “The works of these five local artists showcase a variety of artistic media and creativity, and enliven this historic park.”

    The five featured artists were chosen by a selection panel of arts professionals and business and civic representatives. The artists are Jake Balcom, Denise DiPiazzo, Rie Egawa, Kati Toivanen, and William Vannerson.

    Additional information about the art installations and the artists can be found online at www.kcmo.gov/art.

    For more information, contact Elizabeth Bowman, Public Art Administrator, at Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org.

  5. {NEWS} Ethnic Enrichment Festival this Weekend

    Ethnic Dancers“Feel the World Beat in the Heart of America” at the 36th annual event in Swope Park.

    KC Parks and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City, Missouri present the 36th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park.  The event runs Friday, August 21, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, Noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, August 23 from Noon-6 p.m. Adult admission is $3 and children, 12 and under, are free if accompanied by an adult. Parking is free.

    The festival, one of the largest and longest-running of its kind, annually attracts more than 35,000 visitors. The 2015 festival features food, crafts and culture from 62 countries. Each country hosts a booth that displays and sells authentic food, artifacts and crafts from their respective country. The festival also has a Beer Garden offering domestic and imported beer selections from around the world. Kids’ World by Odd ball Kids on Saturday and Sunday.

    Stage entertainment includes performances by a different ethnic group every 30 minutes and the traditional and majestic “Parade of Flags” that begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Fashion Show begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.eeckc.net for details.

  6. Dippin’ Dogs Swim Parties: September 12 & 13, 2015

    dd springs 13Celebrate the end of summer with your dog at both KC Parks Water Parks!

    Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation invites you and your best friend to our end-of-the-season dog swim parties.

    The Northland Animal Welfare Society  (NAWS)  and the KC Parks will partner for the first Dippin’ Dogs Swim Party at The Springs Aquatic Center on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Springs is located at 9400 N. Congress Avenue.

    This year, there will be three swim sessions based on dog size.  Small (under 40 lbs.) and senior dogs can swim from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Owners will large dogs (40 lbs. +) can choose from two sessions: 12- 2 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Each large dog session is limited to 100 dogs.

    Additionally, NAWS will offer microchipping for just $25 per dog. Local vendors will showcase their goods and services, including veterinary services, pet grooming, pet sitting, natural and gourmet pet food and treats, and pet clothing, at the event. Companies interested in attending as a vendor can sign up on the website or contact Heidi Downer with KC Parks at 816-513-7527 or heidi.downer@kcmo.org.

    The Bay Water Park , 7101 Longview Rd. in south Kansas City, is the site for the second Dippin’ Dogs Swim Party on Sunday, September 13 from Noon- 2 p.m.  All size dogs are welcome to swim the entire time.

    The cost to swim at each party is $10 per dog with a limit of two dogs per person.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Register in advanced and go to the front of the line!
    September 12 @ The Springs>>
    September 13 @ The Bay>>