Open Spaces Kansas City: Call for Artists and Arts Organizations

Deadline: 13/02/2018  |  City: Kansas City, MO  |  Country: United States  |  Lea Petrie

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Do you have an artistic concept to share with the world? A new, in-progress, or recent creation, or maybe a dream collaboration? If so, OPEN SPACES might be the perfect platform for you. OPEN SPACES is a city-wide arts initiative in partnership with the City of Kansas City, local philanthropic leaders, and Kansas City Creates. OPEN SPACES Artistic Director Dan Cameron welcomes practitioners in all artistic disciplines to submit proposals for the nine-week event.

If you weren't able to attend an info session related to submitting a creative concept (due Jan. 31), view a video of the December 19th session.

Picture a diverse and imaginative spectrum of human creativity spread across Kansas City, in spaces new and old, in parks, empty urban lots, museums, galleries, performance halls and outdoor stages. That’s the template for OPEN SPACES, a two-month-long celebration of the contemporary visual and performing arts in Kansas City, from August 25, 2018 through October 28, 2018. 

With the rolling expanse of Swope Park as its anchor, this multi-disciplinary art experience will commence on August 25, 2018 in a custom-built arts village in the park, and at multiple site-specific locations around the city.

OPEN SPACES will feature commissions, collaborations, and recent work from more than 80 international, national, and local visual and performing artists. The exhibition of visual artists will be on view through the full 9 weeks, will anchor the ongoing performance schedule, all culminating in a weekend musical event on October 12-14 in Swope Park.

Historical information about Swope Park, community experts, sample budget info and more are provided here as a resource when developing your submission.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is open to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, including (but not limited to) dance, music, theater, spoken word, poetry, painting, sculpture, video, film, photography and installation. Although the opportunity is open regionally, priority consideration will be given to Kansas City artists and arts organizations within a 50 mile radius.
What is the selection criteria?
Artistic Director Dan Cameron will facilitate the process and review materials received from eligible artists and arts organizations and make selections with the advice and recommendation from the local executive team. Artist and Arts organizations will be selected based on proposals submitted through CuratorSpace for new or recently created works, the artist's creative interpretation, and feasibility of the project. Priority consideration will be given to local artists within a 50 mile radius of Kansas City. Selected projects will be subject to the approval of the property owner or KC Parks & Recreation Board (if on City property).
When is the deadline?
5:00 p.m. cst on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
How many applications can I submit?
If you have more than one concrete idea or concept, we are open to reviewing it. Please submit each proposal separately.
What are the key dates?
All dates are subject to change
Monday, November 27, 2017: Open Spaces Call for Artists
Saturday, December 16, 2017: Information meeting (9:30 a.m.) Swope Memorial Golf Course Clubhouse Banquet Room
Monday, December 18, 2017: Information meeting ( 6:30 p.m.) Southeast Community Center
Tuesday, December 19, 2017: Information meetings (1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) Southeast Community Center
January 31, 2018: Final deadline for submissions
February 1- March 1, 2018: Review of submissions
March 15, 2018: Announcement of selected proposals
July-August 2018: Installation
August 25, 2018: Open Spaces opening
August 25-October 28, 2018: Performances and pop-up events
October 12-14, 2018: Music weekend
October 28, 2018: Open Spaces closing
When will installation begin?
Installation will begin in Swope Park during the final week of August and may be earlier for works in other locations.
When do I need to collect my work?
October 29, 2018, no later than 5 p.m. unless other arrangements have been made prior to the conclusion of Open Spaces.
What will Open Spaces provide?
Production costs and artist fees
Curatorial and logistical support (for all artists)
Coordination with property owners and partners for site logistics
Installation of work on site
Stage, electrical, and sound
Marketing and promotion, including website, print, social media, and digital
Public signage and wayfinding for visitors
How much does it cost?
Open Spaces will assume all direct costs of selected projects, provided those costs have been agreed upon in advance between the artist(s). and Open Spaces. These costs are to include fabrication, materials, shipping, insurance and installation for visual arts; and artists’ fees and production costs for performing arts. Artists should include artist’s fees in their proposal budget. Projects will not be agreed to unless all costs have been calculated and agreed upon in advance.
Are there payments to artists?
Yes, based on the scope of the project and availability of funds raised. Artists should include their fee in the proposed budget.
Contact information
Lea Petrie
Open Spaces Project Manager
How many opportunities are available?
In the first year of Open Spaces, more than 80 international, national and local artists of all disciplines are expected to participate.

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