Imagine Kansas City’s own contemporary visual and performing artists joining their national and international counterparts in transforming our city into an ever-evolving arts experience. For nine weeks, in spaces both familiar and new, in parks and urban spaces, in galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages — Open Spaces will transform Kansas City into a living cultural tapestry into which the best of the world’s collective imagination can be woven.
With Swope Park as the hub, works by more than 40 visual artists in a wide range of media will be installed throughout the city. The entire exhibition can be enjoyed over a couple of days, if you’re visiting the city. If you’re lucky enough to live here, you can get to know Open Spaces over the course of two months and participate in an ongoing program of activities.view artists
Every weekend, from August 25 through October 28, Open Spaces visitors can explore a variety of art offerings at the Village in Swope Park. Take in a dance or music performance, grab a snack, enjoy family activities or browse through the pavilions designed by some of Kansas City’s finest architects.read more
Join us FOR three unforgettable evenings as Open Spaces presents some of the greatest musical and dance artists of our time at Starlight Theatre.
Artists include: Janelle Monáe, The Roots, Vijay Iyer Sextet McFadden Brothers, The Soul Rebels, Sankofa Danzafro, Red Baraat, DakhaBrakha, Innov Gnawa, Marcus Lewis Big Band, and Hermon Mehari Quartet.
At The Village on Saturday and Sunday, thrill at new circus artists, be amazed by contemporary dance from Colombia, join a weekend community portrait, watch high school students perform Shakespeare and enjoy Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair!read more
Throughout its ten-week season, Open Spaces presents a series of evening performances at selected venues all over Kansas City, introducing some of the most groundbreaking artists working today to local audiences. From chamber music visionaries Bang on a Can All-Stars, ETHEL and Eighth Blackbird to the theatrical illusions of Chicago’s Manual Cinema and the evocative story of Billy Strayhorn’s life as told by David Rousséve/REALITY, Kansas City has never experienced such a rich offering of music, dance and theater created in, for and about the present moment.
And if that’s not enough, partners across the city have come together to lend their creative energies to The Expanded Field. Explore the contemporary art exhibitions, galleries, and public artworks listed here and throughout the schedule (on the homepage of this site) that celebrate the spirit of Open Spaces. These projects are independent of Open Spaces. Please check the organization’s website or call to confirm dates before making the trip to visit one of these institutions.read more
Photos: Courtesy of Starlight Theatre, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Visit KC; Kansas City Ballet New Moves, photo by Kenny Johnson; Michael Spillers (learn more at kemperart.org)