Open Spaces: A Kansas City Art Experience

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JB+A is excited to profile its Client Partner Open Spaces – a unique public-philanthropic partnership that will strengthen Kansas City’s presence in the arts and culture landscape. Open Spaces is a contemporary arts exhibition showcasing the work of leading national and international artists as well as local talent from our diverse visual and performing arts community.

Conceived as a recurring event unfolding in the Fall of 2018, Open Spaces is curated by a nationally-recognized Artistic Director Dan Cameron and implemented by a working team of representatives from the City of Kansas City and KC Creates.

With Swope Park as the hub, works by more than 40 visual artists in a wide range of media have been installed throughout our City. Internationally-renowned artists such as Nick Cave and Ebony G. Patterson are joined by local talent like Shawn Bitters and Sike Skyle Industries to transform KC into an artistic exhibit like we’ve never experienced before. There’s even a mobile app  to guide you through all Open Spaces has to offer – and you can interact with each piece by providing your feedback and reaction to each work of art with the artist and share your adventures with your friends and fellow Open Spaces explorers.

And mark your calendars for “The Weekend,” from October 12 through 14: visual art, music, dance, theatre, performance, film, poetry and the culinary arts all come together at Starlight Theatre, Swope Park and The Village.  A lineup of 11 recording artists slated to perform include headliners The Roots (Friday, October 12), Janelle Monáe (Saturday, October 13) and Vijay Iyer Sextet (Sunday, October 14). Get more info and your tickets here.

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JB+A Client Partner Willa Cather Foundation Celebrates Groundbreaking

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JB+A is proud to announce its client partner, Willa Cather Foundation, recently broke ground on its National Willa Cather Center.  More than 200 supporters came to Red Cloud, Nebraska, for the celebration, including acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith.  In 2016, the NWCC will open its doors as a vibrant arts and educational center that will serve approximately 8,000 annual visitors.

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National Willa Cather Center Groundbreaking 2015

Hundreds of supporters nationwide have come together for a campaign to create the WCF’s first climate-controlled archive and museum, which will be the best possible preservation and research environment for an extensive and growing collection of rare books, archival papers, textiles and artifacts once belonging to Cather and the Cather family.  The effort also includes a classroom, expanded bookstore, art gallery and backstage facilities for WCF’s Red Cloud Opera House.

The mission of the Willa Cather Foundation is to promote and encourage increased understanding and appreciation of the life, times, settings and work of Willa Cather. Willa Cather was an American novelist in the first half of the twentieth century and has been identified as a canonical American writer.  She settled in Webster County, Nebraska, and was the author of 12 novels, six collections of short fiction, two editions of a book of poetry and nine works of nonfiction and several pieces of journalism, speeches and letters.

Willa Cather Foundation is close to reaching its $6.7 million campaign goal.  For more information on WCF, the NWCC and the campaign, click here.