HEART of the City (History Embraces Art) is an initiative that showcases visual, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary art and projects created by local artists specifically for and in collaboration with the Kansas City Museum. The Kansas City Museum values artists and believes that art is an essential interpretive tool for learning about, experiencing, and understanding history. Providing artists access to the Museum’s collection, gives artists opportunities to examine contemporary issues through historical perspectives and to explore new possibilities for seeing and interpreting the past, present, and future of Kansas City.
HEART of the City supports the Kansas City Museum’s educational and civic mission by involving artists in the creation of content and context for programs and exhibitions while building the Museum’s collection and capacity. The mission of the Kansas City Museum is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate Kansas City through collections, exhibitions, and bold programs that reflect the City’s evolution and spirit, and engage visitors in unfolding stories about Kansas City’s vibrant history, cultural heritage, and pride. The future Kansas City Museum will feature contemporary thematic art installations by local artists and will continue to involve artists in the design and development of the Kansas City Museum.