Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
#OpenspacesKC

Weekends

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. Although we’re thinking globally, we’re focused locally and welcome Kansas City makers to participate in this unique experience. To find out more information on how to showcase your handmade goods at the Village, visit our application page.

Performance

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Saturday 08/25/18 | 11:30 am (CDT) - 12:00 pm (CDT)
Formed in Kansas City by Heather Nisbitt-Loewenstein with a focus on high-quality local children’s theater, StoneLion Puppet Theatre is dedicated to opening the horizons of View More
Performance

Poetry for Personal Power Afternoon Showcase

Saturday 08/25/18 | 1:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
By asking one simple question, ‘What Gives You Personal Power?’, Kansas City-based non-profit Poetry for Personal Power (P3) has helped people to overcome adversity through View More
Performance

The Junkyard Orchestra

Saturday 08/25/18 | 3:15 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City musicians Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra’s Junkyard Orchestra shows how musical instruments can be made out of practically anything. Whether they’re playing a View More
Performance

NuBlvckCity

Saturday 08/25/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Based in Kansas City, NuBlvckCity is a five-person dance and music collective whose goal is to present hip-hop dance and vocal forms within the broader View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 08/26/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Team Shakespeare

Sunday 08/26/18 | 1:00 pm (CDT) - 2:00 pm (CDT)
The apprentice troupe of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Team Shakespeare is open to students aged 12-18 who have completed a year of Shakespeare View More
Performance

TASK Parties

Sunday 08/26/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of afternoon TASK Parties, based on the framework originally developed in View More
Performance

Clay Sculptures with Red Star Studios

Sunday 08/26/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

Mary Lou Williams’s The Zodiac Suite

Sunday 08/26/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Led by Clint Ashlock, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will present a concert of music by Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), one of the greatest jazz View More
Performance

The Ragged Few

Saturday 09/01/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Formed in 2011 with some personnel changes along the way, The Ragged Few is a Kansas City-based quintet specializing in contemporary Americana, but unafraid to View More
Performance

Jared Tyler

Saturday 09/01/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
With the 2017 release of his third studio recording, Dirt on Your Hands, Tulsa-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler has reached a broader audience View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/02/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/02/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Rumba has been going on locally since the early 1980s, when Cuban musician Augustín Romero-Diaz emigrated to Kansas City, bringing with him a unique Afro-Cuban View More
Performance

Sugar Skull Workshop with Mattie Rhodes Art Center

Sunday 09/02/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

Sunday 09/02/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Initiated in 2006 by Kansas City musician and composer Brad Cox, the People’s Liberation Big Band is a 15-piece jazz ensemble that performs in both View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/07/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Performance

The Space Within

Saturday 09/08/18 | 1:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Huascar Edil Medina has lived artfully in Topeka, Kansas since 2001 as a writer/actor/singer/artist. Medina is a member of Topeka’s Speak Easy Poetry Group and View More
Performance

The Musical

Saturday 09/08/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City songwriter Mikal Shapiro’s musical influences span popular songs, psychedelic rock, lounge music and old-time spirituals, resulting in music that’s been described as “a View More
Performance

The Sexy Accident

Saturday 09/08/18 | 5:00 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Formed 12 years ago by singer and bandleader Jesse Kates, Kansas City’s The Sexy Accident plays mercurial pop with brains and heart, “driven by catchy View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/08/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Performance

Juggling and Mime Workshop with Laughing Matters

Sunday 09/09/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

El Viaje

Sunday 09/09/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Membership in the new music trio Dionysus includes local saxophonist Alastair Wright along with Juliana Witt (piano); and Dylan Ward (saxophone). Their Open Spaces program, View More
Performance

Our Ancient Past

Sunday 09/09/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s pre-eminent chamber group dedicated to performing contemporary works by living composers, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble was founded by a group of regional musicians View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/14/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Performance

Uncle Jimmy’s Table

Saturday 09/15/18 | 2:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
From her Lawrence, KS base, choreographer and dancer Maura Garcia explores the nexus of southeastern indigenous culture via multi-media place-specific dances, often incorporating local performers View More
Performance

The Entertainer

Saturday 09/15/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
A pioneer in Kansas City hip-hop dance, director and choreographer Bobby Ray presents The Entertainer, a full-length dance production offering a window into the life View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/15/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Uncle Jimmy’s Table

Sunday 09/16/18 | 2:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
From her Lawrence, KS base, choreographer and dancer Maura Garcia explores the nexus of southeastern indigenous culture via multi-media place-specific dances, often incorporating local performers View More
Performance

Tile Painting with Arts Asylum

Sunday 09/16/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

Marcus Lewis Big Band

Sunday 09/16/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
A fan of contemporary hip-hop as well as the driving sound of Count Basie’s 1940’s big band, Kansas City based trombone player and bandleader Marcus View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/21/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Performance

Nouveau Noir

Saturday 09/22/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
James D aka James D Conqueror aka James McGee presents Nouveau Noir, a performance art event that seeks to explore the historical past and illuminate View More
Performance

Portuguese Fado

Saturday 09/22/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
This Kansas City ensemble features musicians from the classical, jazz and folk communities. The program for this concert focuses on fado, a folk music that View More
Performance

Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/22/18 | 7:30 pm (CDT) - 9:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the Hand, to be staged on six nights in the rear View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/23/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

TASK Parties

Sunday 09/23/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of afternoon TASK Parties, based on the framework originally developed in View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/23/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Rumba has been going on locally since the early 1980s, when Cuban musician Augustín Romero-Diaz emigrated to Kansas City, bringing with him a unique Afro-Cuban View More
Performance

Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra

Sunday 09/23/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Jeff Freling (guitar, vocals) and Erin McGrane (vocals, ukulele) have been performing together since 2010 as Victor and Penny. For this performance, their dazzling guitar View More
Performance

Origami with Dalene Depriest

Sunday 09/23/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

Portuguese Fado

Sunday 09/23/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
This Kansas City ensemble features musicians from the classical, jazz and folk communities. The program for this concert focuses on fado, a folk music that View More
Performance

Lonnie Holley

Saturday 09/29/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Visual artist, musician and educator Lonnie Holley was born in 1950 in Birmingham, AL, and his first efforts at making art came in 1979, when View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/30/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/30/18 | 12:30 pm (CDT) - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Rumba has been going on locally since the early 1980s, when Cuban musician Augustín Romero-Diaz emigrated to Kansas City, bringing with him a unique Afro-Cuban View More
Performance

Leaf Collage with Amanda Burkhart

Sunday 09/30/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

Mucca Pazza

Sunday 09/30/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
An interdisciplinary instrumental music and performance ensemble formed in Chicago in 2004 and consisting of 30 active members, Mucca Pazza’s performance style is informed by View More
Performance

For the Win Poetry Slam

Saturday 10/06/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
KC-based poetry team For The Win has represented the city in Regional and National competitions for four years in a row and is also the View More
Performance

Making Movies

Saturday 10/06/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
An American rock band based in Kansas City, Making Movies’ music is influenced by rock, cumbia, psychedelia, American roots, son Cuban, and spoken word. Although View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/07/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 10/07/18 | 12:30 pm (CDT) - 2:00 pm (CDT)
Rumba has been going on locally since the early 1980s, when Cuban musician Augustín Romero-Diaz emigrated to Kansas City, bringing with him a unique Afro-Cuban View More
Performance

TASK Parties

Sunday 10/07/18 | 2:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of afternoon TASK Parties, based on the framework originally developed in View More
Performance

Drum Safari Drum Circle

Sunday 10/07/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Makers

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Saturday 10/13/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
As the region’s largest independent craft fair, Strawberry Swing will occupy much of The Village during The Weekend, supplementing the Makers Pavilion with dozens of View More
Artist

ONEbyONE Community Portraits

Saturday 10/13/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Also recognized by his handle 53Tom, photographer Tom Styrkowicz presents ONEbyONE Community Portraits, consisting of a portable photography studio where visitors can have their portrait View More
Performance

The Last Carnival Acrobats

Saturday 10/13/18 | 1:00 pm (CDT) - 2:00 pm (CDT)
From their home base in Lawrence, KS, The Last Carnival Acrobats is a physical theater and circus troupe specializing in acrobatic, aerial arts and fire View More
Performance

Hedge People

Saturday 10/13/18 | 2:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Operated by entertainment guru Richard Renner, Vodvill Entertainment is a Lawrence, KS-based company that specializes in novelty and specialty performances to be presented at fairs, View More
Performance

Lit

Saturday 10/13/18 | 7:00 pm (CDT) - 8:00 pm (CDT)
Yosh Gregory is a Kansas City performer who trained as a dancer and has employed fire for the past eleven years to build a stunning View More
Makers

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Sunday 10/14/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
As the region’s largest independent craft fair, Strawberry Swing will occupy much of The Village during The Weekend, supplementing the Makers Pavilion with dozens of View More
Artist

ONEbyONE Community Portraits

Sunday 10/14/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Also recognized by his handle 53Tom, photographer Tom Styrkowicz presents ONEbyONE Community Portraits, consisting of a portable photography studio where visitors can have their portrait View More
Performance

Team Shakespeare

Sunday 10/14/18 | 1:00 pm (CDT) - 2:00 pm (CDT)
The apprentice troupe of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Team Shakespeare is open to students aged 12-18 who have completed a year of Shakespeare View More
Performance

Sankofa Danzafro

Sunday 10/14/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Contemporary dance company Sankofa Danzafro hails from the city of Medellín in Colombia, the country with the second largest population of African descendants in Latin View More
Performance

Respect My Elements

Saturday 10/20/18 | 2:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
Since 2011, choreographer James Singleton aka SugEasy has created hip-hop performances at the annual stage productions at The Culture House in Overland Park, KS. His View More
Performance

Aryana Nemati

Saturday 10/20/18 | 3:15 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City native Aryana Nemati plays saxophone, flute and clarinet. She began studying with local baritone saxophonist/composer Kerry Strayer, and received her bachelor’s degree in View More
Performance

Will Matthews

Saturday 10/20/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Matthews is a jazz guitarist who was born and raised in Kansas City, where he lives and works today. In 1996, he joined the Count View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/21/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

The Battery Tour

Sunday 10/21/18 | 2:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
KC-based hip-hop artist AY Young presents Battery Tour: a live, portable local music revue that includes both rappers and dancers, with a special emphasis on View More
Performance

Puppet Making with Mesner Puppet Theater

Sunday 10/21/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Performance

Aaron Alexander

Sunday 10/21/18 | 4:00 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Born in Morrilton, AR in 1995 and raised in Kansas City, KS, Aaron Alexander caught the Kansas City hip-hop community by surprise in 2015 with View More
Performance

Sonoboreal

Saturday 10/27/18 | 3:00 pm (CDT) - 4:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas Citian Flecksing is equal parts visual artist, musician, and tinkerer, and all three facets of his artistic temperament are on display in his Sonoboreal, View More
Performance

KC’s One Woman Stunt Show

Saturday 10/27/18 | 4:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
Kansas City performer Martika Daniels performs as Martika and belongs to a generation of stunt performers who opt to show you their skills in the View More
Performance

Frog in the Pot

Saturday 10/27/18 | 6:00 pm (CDT) - 7:00 pm (CDT)
Composer and instrument designer J. Ashley Miller has been dedicated for the past 15 years to developing his own musical language for Kansas City audiences. View More
Artist

Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/28/18 | 12:00 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking experience using a homemade portable etching press light that is View More
Performance

Kansas City Composed

Sunday 10/28/18 | 1:30 pm (CDT) - 3:00 pm (CDT)
KC composer and arts advocate Daniel Morel presents Kansas City Composed, a program of four diverse concert works written by local composers and premiered for View More
Performance

From the Heart

Sunday 10/28/18 | 3:30 pm (CDT) - 5:00 pm (CDT)
From its formation in 1986 with 30 singers, and its importance as a safe community oasis at the height of the AIDS crisis, the Heartland View More

Village Map

The Village will be in Swope Park located south of the Southeast Community Center and will host performances, makers and food vendors. Every weekend will be different and exciting, so consider visiting multiple times throughout the duration of Open Spaces. All activities within the Village are free and open to the public!

Village Participants

Frequently Asked Questions

The Village will be in Swope Park located south of the Southeast Community Center.

Yes! All activities within the Village are free and open to the public.

Each weekend, the Village will host performances, makers and food vendors. Every weekend will be different and exciting, so consider visiting multiple times throughout the duration of Open Spaces.

Scheduled performances will take place throughout the 9 weeks of Open Spaces on Saturdays and Sundays. Stay tuned for schedule updates on openspaceskc.com.