KC Parks is excited to host Art in the Park this summer in West Terrace Park. Art in the Park is one component of the Art in the Loop Project whose goal 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. A series of art installations and performances will take place in West Terrace Park, on the KC Streetcar and at the KC Public Central Library from May 1 through September 30, 2018.
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.” We are looking for artists to infuse our city with Play!!
CALL FOR ART: Sites for proposed artwork include KC Streetcar, West Terrace Park and Kansas City Public Library. Stipends will range from $500 to $5,000. Applications are due February 9, 11:59 p.m.