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City receives gift of three public artworks

Post Date:09/11/2019 9:50 AM



The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to announce that three works of art created for Open Spaces have been gifted to the people of Kansas City by the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust.

Two have been gifted to the City and the third is going to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. All three were part of Open Spaces 2018, an unprecedented two-month citywide visual and performing arts festival, that was a private philanthropic partnership with the City. 

Open Spaces Co-founder Scott Francis stated, “One of our goals for Open Spaces was to bring contemporary art to neighborhoods throughout the City. The R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust’s generous gift ensures that three important artworks created for Open Spaces 2018 will remain permanently on public display in Kansas City.” 

The three works of art are: 

  • “An Architectural Folly From a Future Place” by Jill Downen (Swope Park) (1)
  • “Meat and Music” by Alexandre Arrechea (18th & Vine Jazz District) (2)
  • “Any Word Except Wait” by Flávio Cerqueira (University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus) (3)

“Open Spaces 2018 illuminated the ability of public art to connect and unify people, enriching lives and communities through shared experience,” said Mary Kemper Wolf with the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust. “The Trust is proud to underwrite the permanent placement of three significant works from the inaugural Open Spaces.”

The two works gifted to the City are subject to the approval of the Municipal Art Commission and the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. The Parks Board on Tuesday approved "An Architectural Folly From a Future Place." Approval of this work will be included on the Municipal Art Commission's Oct. 7 agenda. Approval of "Meat and Music" will be included on future Municipal Art Commission and Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners meeting agendas, once a location is confirmed.

Americans for the Arts recently recognized Open Spaces with a national award as an outstanding public arts project for 2018. The Public Art Network’s Year in Review program is the only national program that recognizes the most compelling public art.

“This significant gift provides opportunities for residents and visitors to connect to the city’s past and to three unique, historic spaces,” said Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services for the City. 

Open Spaces 2018 was a collaboration between the City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services and a private arts initiative to highlight Kansas City’s arts, culture and creativity. That arts experience was one of 10 goals included in the City’s Arts Convergence Plan adopted in 2013. 

Open Spaces attracted cultural tourism to Kansas City and expanded opportunities for our residents to experience world-class art created specifically for our city. The experience generated more than 1.4 million impressions on Open Spaces social media accounts, and dozens of national media articles, including the Wall Street Journal, Broadway World, Art in America and Conde Nast Traveler.
Media inquiries should be directed to City Communications Director Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474.

art gifts for Open Spaces

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