ArtsKC News – September 2015

Post on :September 17th, 2015 | Posted By: Kim Carr | Category: Posted in Newsletters

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First Friday: Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank

September 4th, 6-9pm

ArtsKC Office: 106 Southwest Blvd.

Join ArtsKC and BMO Harris Bank for First Friday in the Crossroads on September 4th!  Enjoy music from Carswell & Hope as they bring "vintage rock sounds and sensibilities together with big harmonies."  Guests will also have the chance to meet featured visual artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe and view her exhibit "Threads to Webs."  ArtsKC will be open 6-9pm, so stop by and say hello as you enjoy all that the Crossroads Arts District has to offer.


Interested in sponsoring First Friday?  Visit our website or contact Godfrey Riddle at [email protected] or 816-994-9240.

This Saturday is Arts Night at The K!

September 5th

Pre-game 4:30-6pm

First pitch 6:10pm

Get your tickets now!


Join ArtsKC at the Outfield Experience of Kauffman Stadium as the Royals host interactive booths from area arts and lifestyle organizations.  "Antique Pop" duo Victor & Penny will perform on the Outfield Experience Stage,  KC Chalk and Walk Festival will have a live chalk artist creating a Royals-inspired mural, and local graffiti artist Sike will be live-painting!  The Youth Symphony of Kansas City will cap off the event by performing the national anthem to start the game.  Join us for this interactive arts evening and root, root, root for your home team.


$5 of every ticket purchased at will go directly to the ArtsKC Fund to sustain artists, arts organizations, and arts programs throughout the KC region.


For more information, contact Lydia Zacharias at [email protected] or 816.994.9223.

2016 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon

Call for Performers

Deadline to Apply is September 10th


ArtsKC is currently seeking proposals for the 2016 ArtsKC Awards luncheon. The luncheon has become one of Kansas City's most popular events. The opportunity is open to organizations and/or performers residing in and around the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area. Organizations and performers from the 2015 ArtsKC Awards are ineligible to apply this year.


This year's theme is AMPLIFIED!  The awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 11am-1pm.  This event will be in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center (301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO).  ArtsKC is seeking proposals for up to 4 performances featuring the highest quality performance you or your organization has to offer. Don't miss your opportunity to shine before an audience of more than 700 arts enthusiasts!


Visit to fill out your application.



Contact Erinn Faulconer at 816-994-9245 or [email protected].


Above: 2015 ArtsKC Awards performers Ensemble Iberica courtesy of Kyle Rivas.

Only a Few Seats Remain for ArtsKC Encounter's Cirque Under the Stars Thursday, September 10, 6:00-10:00pm Starlight Theatre

Get Your Tickets HERE for Cirque Under the Stars. If you qualify for free tickets, email [email protected] to redeem your benefits for September 10!

The next ArtsKC Encounter presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union is almost sold out! Register today and join us Thursday, September 10 for Cirque Under the Stars . We've partnered with Starlight Theatre and their young professional group, Center Stage, to bring you a daring evening of circus acts and urban dance at Cirque Eloize iD. Your ticket includes a backstage tour, food by PB&J Catering, and drinks under the Starlight Theatre North Pavilion before taking your seat for the show.   Tickets are $40 for Non-Members, $20 for ArtsKC Encounter Members.  Free tickets available for those who qualify, see the Encounter Benefits page for details.

TEDxWyandotte: Breaking Through

September 15th at 6pm

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Register to attend!


Join TEDxWyandotte as they explore "urban solutions to deeply-rooted problems."  This event is offered as a community forum featuring speakers and performers in our region making change happen.  Speakers include Annette LeZotte of the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, musician Hong Hong Hui, Dre Tayler of the Males to Men program, former NFL Cheerleader Shannon Oleen, arts educator Jannice Burdine, and performing artist Vi Tran.


Tickets are available by visiting the TEDxWyandotte website.

Looking for a new and unique setting for your reception, rehearsal dinner, or office party?  Host your event at ArtsKC! Located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District, our rental space offers great access to restaurants, galleries, world-class performance venues, and local shopping.

Our staff will take care of every detail of your event, starting with your walk-through tour and initial planning meeting.

Take a virtual tour of our venue, find answers to frequently asked questions, and submit a rental inquiry on our website.

Questions?  Contact Heather Beffa at [email protected] or 816.221.1777.

Now Showing - Artist of the Week

Meet Kevin McGraw


Kevin McGraw is a Kansas City based artist. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in graphic design in 1990.  While there he also studied painting, sculpture and contemporary art history. His work - a melange of many mediums - has appeared in Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans, as well as his hometown on the banks of the Missouri River.


Kevin has been involved with the Now Showing program since it's inception.  Some of his top reasons for being involved are the chance to show and sell his work as well as the opportunity to "involve local artists with the business community."

To see more of Kevin's work, visit


Are you a business or artist interested in joining Now Showing?  Visit our website or contact Erinn Faulconer at [email protected].


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