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 ten 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
Help us celebrate Kansas City’s art and culture by letting us market your pop-up exhibition, art event, concert, performance and/or film screening during our ten-week arts experience. We are already partnering with many of the city’s art museums and exhibition spaces, as well as its concert and performance venues, to develop a packed calendar of daily and weekly activities. If your newest (or soon-to-be-realized) creative venture is happening during the ten weeks of Open Spaces, please let us know about it.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)