Growing thru Art! Nelson-Atkins Museum dares to dream……..or…

Alice Thorson ( KC Star) shared a tid bit with Kansas CIty on August 2nd, 2014. The Nelson-Atkins Museum has ideas of an expansion/art District. A “Cultural District“……emanating from 4 corners of the museum allowing further growth and more exhibits and art growth areas.

“The study also includes some ambitious changes and additions on museum-owned property, including rerouting part of Rockhill Road and putting new structures in place of the residential properties to the north.”

 
 

Finding art! (in life that is)

The Kansas City Star is featuring a series of articles focusing on key people in supporting & inspiring art and artists in Kansas City. Not only is it about how these people are responsible….but….how THEY in particular are inspired and how they maintain their almost incessant thirst for art.

The First Article (Published July 17, 2014 by Alice Thorson-KC Star): Porter Arneill: Public art administrator, chicken coop builder. You may read the entire article by clicking HERE. A story of how a man wrapped in a daily struggle to make art happen in KC as well as helping others do the same finds peace & solace in the simple chore of raising chickens behind his Waldo area home.

The Second Article (Published July 27, 2014 by Alice Thorsan-KC Star):O’Brien hammers out a new vision.. the complete article may be read by clicking HERE
John O’Brien (once owner of Dolphin Gallery-West Bottems) has now channeled his interests to a new location & venue based in Independence, MO (Hammer Out Design). Roughly a co-op arts incubator, personal work space for a variety of projects ranging from pseudo gallery-wood working space to sublet ceramics art space, etc. No longer soley focusing on promoting artists thru gallery space John is feeding his own sole and in kind helping a growing collection of like minded people and artists.

Circle of Friends! (February KCXL interview)

Last month (February7th, 2013)-Liberty Arts Foundation president Bob Steinkamp & China Slaughter Reading Park-Chairperson Anna Driskill sat down with KCXL radio host Bill Kersten to discuss a a myriad of topics:

Links to sound track recordings:

Please take a moment to open the links & give a listen while sipping your morning coffee or tea…….you may be greatly surprised just how much REALLY is going on in Liberty!

Circle of Friends interview-first portion(Approx. 28 min)

Circle of Friends-second half session (approx 27 min)

Congratulations Kate Forristal

The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City has appointed Kate Forristall as director of the ArtsKC Fund fundraising program.

This new  new position directs ArtsKC Fund development including workplace giving  and foundation support.

Ms Forristall  once worked in development for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Starlight Theatre,