Imagine Kansas City’s own contemporary artists and performers joining with their counterparts from around the country and the world to transform our city into an ever-evolving arts experience. For nine weeks, in spaces both familiar and new, its parks and urban spaces, its 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.
artistic director of Open Spaces 2018
Founder and Artistic Director of the Prospect New Orleans triennial. Dan organized numerous biennials and other exhibitions at museums in New York, Madrid, Moscow, Istanbul, Vienna, Beijing, and Sao Paulo, to name a few. Nearly 150,000 visitors viewed installations at fourteen historic venues as part of Impermanencia, Cameron's XIII Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador, more than quadrupling previous years attendance.
Public & Private
Open Spaces is a new and unique public-philanthropic collaboration that includes the City of Kansas City, MO, founding partner Scott Francis and the philanthropic community. This partnership supports a multi-disciplinary exhibition of leading regional, national and international contemporary art. Building on Mayor Sly James' vision to launch an arts and cultural festival for Kansas City, the arts community is coming together to support this exciting and unprecedented Kansas City event.
The City contracted with Kansas City Creates to provide overall coordination of the project and oversee fiscal management. KC Creates mission is to boost the Kansas City economy by producing educational, cultural, accessible and affordable events that connect artists with audiences, businesses and civic organizations across the region.
Sponsorships & Donations
With Swope Park as its hub, works by more than two dozen visual artists in a wide range of media will be spread throughout the city. You can enjoy the whole exhibition 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 a little bit at a time over the course of two months and participate in our ongoing program of activities.Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
Some of K.C.'s finest architectural minds are currently designing temporary structures for Swope Park. Every weekend from Aug 25–Oct 28, our guests can explore some art while taking a stroll, enjoy a dance or music performance, browse through a pavillion of local maker goods, grab a snack and explore family activities together.Weekends
Open Spaces will achieve its peak experience from October 12–14 when visual art, music, dance, theatre, performance, film, poetry and the culinary arts all come together at Starlight Theatre, Swope Park and The Village. The result will be bringing people together through artistic creativity.Oct 12–14, 2018
Calling All Makers
Although we're thinking globally, we're focused locally and welcome Kansas City makers to participate in this unique experience. Find out more info on showcasing your handmade goods at The Village and applying details.Apply Here
The Expanded Field
We're partnering with K.C.'s visual and performing art venues to highlight a packed calendar of activities. If you're a local artist or organization with a creative venture happening any time between August 25 through October 28, please let us know about it.Submit Information Here