FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 9, 2017
If you’re an artist living or working within 75 miles of Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms neighborhood, then you need to pay attention to this recently-announced opportunity.
The Office of Culture and Creative Services is looking for two artists to become part of the core design team for the West Bottoms Reborn project. The selected artists will collaborate with the team to research, plan, design and execute the project. In this case, geography matters because artists are not limited to Kansas City, Missouri. Any artists living and working within a 75-mile radius of downtown KCMO may submit qualifications.
West Bottoms Reborn is a partnership between the City, Kansas City Design Center, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Historic West Bottoms, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and the creative community. Funding is being provided by a $100,000 a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.
Up to five finalists will be selected and interviewed. From the group of finalists, two artists will be recommended for the project.
Each selected artist will act as a consultant and will be expected to meet with the team for eight hours on a weekly basis, requiring a 400-hour total commitment, in addition to attending Advisory Committee meetings and project presentations. A stipend of $15,000 will be provided for each artist. The timeline for the project is February 2017 through May 2018.
Currently, the West Bottoms is a place of awakened interest in the possibility of its revitalization and there are a number of projects in various stages of planning, design and implementation. However, the majority of these projects are focused on the re-purposing of buildings. This new project focuses on public spaces in the neighborhood.
With the support from the NEA grant, this project aims to build on the vibrant art scene in the West Bottoms as an integral resource for strategic revitalization through an integrated planning and design approach and these selected artists will greatly enhance this effort.
Media inquiries should be directed to Arts Marketing Coordinator Consuelo Cruz at 816-513-3475.
About the City of Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture and Creative Services
The Office of Culture and Creative Services (OCCS) is a direct result of Mayor Sly James’s Task Force on the Arts, consisting of arts, civic and business leaders coming together with intensive citizen engagement processes. The purpose of OCCS is to serve the residents of Kansas City by bolstering and catalyzing arts, culture, and creativity, and by advancing arts as a strategy for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural vitality for its citizens. The Office of Culture and Creative Services (OCCS) is a direct result of Mayor Sly James’s Task Force on the Arts, consisting of arts, civic and business leaders coming together with intensive citizen engagement processes. The purpose of OCCS is to serve the residents of Kansas City, Missouri by bolstering and catalyzing arts, culture, and creativity, and by advancing arts as a strategy for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural vitality for its citizens. In partnership with for-profit and non-profit organizations, the OCCS has established a Film Development Program, two artist microloan programs, and manages the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF). NTDF provides support to non-profit organizations to help promote Kansas City, Missouri’s distinct and diverse neighborhoods. These funds support cultural, social, ethnic, historic, educational, and recreational activities in conjunction with promoting the city as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center.
About the Kansas City Design Center
The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary, service learning design program located in downtown Kansas City. The program centers on a graduate level, yearlong, resident urban design studio which operates as an immersive design laboratory focused on Kansas City. The studio addresses critical issues that intersect community needs and cutting edge urban design theory and applied practice.
About Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. Each year M-AAA’s programs reach one million people. We believe in more art for more people.