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Give the Gift of Art This Season

Hello Art Small Works Show and Holiday Sale
Dec. 5th at 5:30 PM
Celebrate the gift of art with Hello Art at their final First Friday event of the year. Shop for affordable art by local artists.
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The Holiday Swing
Dec. 5th at 10:00 AM
Be a part of the #13 out of 35 Best Indie Craft Fairs in the World! Listen to live music while shopping for local and handmade gifts. 
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KC Clay Guild Holiday Pottery Sale and Studio Tour
Dec. 5th at 6:00 PM
Join the annual tradition where Kansas City potters and clay artists open their studios to the public.
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Gypsy Market Royale Holiday Sale
Dec. 5th at 5:00 PM
Celebrate the holidays with your favorite gypsies and 
shop local!
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Upcoming ArtsKC Events 

ArtsKC 360 Tour

Dec. 10th at 12:00 PM 

Join us for a complimentary lunch tour and be inspired by the stories of how ArtsKC  is unleashing the power of the arts in our region.

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December 2014



This is the time of year to celebrate - holidays, family, traditions, and
to recognize good deeds.  As you may be planning your holiday gift-giving, travels, and family outings, I challenge you to Give Art. Give tickets to a performance or studio class, a museum membership or a special piece of art created by a local artist. If you have a gift you would like to share or a story about giving art, help spread the word by using the hashtag #giveart.   If you need some gift giving ideas then head on over to our #giveart webpage where we have a list of studio sales and holiday performances!


I also encourage you to put one very special celebration on your calendar this January 30th - the ArtsKC Awards Luncheon.  ArtsKC is embarking on our 12th Awards Luncheon, recognizing the remarkable work of individuals, businesses and artists who help to make our city art-filled and vibrant. If you're a regular at this art-filled event, you know that 600 arts enthusiasts will pack the stage at Starlight Theatre for an "unleashed" luncheon featuring the region's best performers, greatest arts advocates, and most dedicated companies that continually invest in the arts community. Tables, tickets and sponsorships are still available for this annual festivity.


Finally, please give a round of applause to the corporate sponsors that make the ArtsKC Awards Luncheon celebration possible.   We thank them all!






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Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

2015 ArtsKC Awards Winners


Untitled, Mark Southerland and Linda Lighton
                                         Sisters, Mark Southerland and Linda Lighton
                                                               Photos by EG Schempf
At the 12th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon, three individuals and five businesses will be honored for their extraordinary leadership in the arts and creative industries.

This event will feature the work of Mark Southerland and Linda Lighton. Southerland and Lighton were selected from a pool of over 25 local visual artists to create the eight commissioned

pieces that will serve as the award winner trophies. These pieces "will be celebratory, unique signifiers for the accomplishments and milestones of the leaders honored at this event,"shared Southerland.

Award Winners honored for their leadership in the arts in our civic and business sectors:

  • Arts Advocate - Ed Peterson
  • Corporate Leader in the Arts - Brad Nicholson
  • Creative Industry - Dimensional Innovations
  • Creative Workspace - HINT
  • Impact Award - Mersoft
  • Virtuoso Award - Mauricio Zuniga 

Award Winners honored for their excellence in the ArtsKC Fund 2014 Campaign:

  • ArtsKC Fund Employee Commitment Award - Stinson Leonard Street
  • ArtsKC Fund Corporate Leadership Award - Bank of America
Chiefs 50/50 Raffle Benefits 
Support ArtsKC by celebrating with our partners at the Kansas City Chiefs! Get your $35 tickets to the Chiefs vs. Raiders on December 14th by ordering them through ArtsKC at Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, December 9th at midnight.


Once you've headed out to the game, purchase your 50/50 Raffle Tickets from one of the Chiefs Volunteers located throughout the stadium. Raffle proceeds are split between the drawing's winner and the ArtsKC Fund, Kansas City's united arts fund providing support to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs throughout the five-county region. Thanks to the Hunt Family Foundation for their support of the arts. Go Chiefs!

First Friday Visual Artist

Daniel Bartle

ArtsKC "Now Showing" Artist: Daniel Bartle


Drop into ArtsKC for a slammin' time this First Friday as we host our first-ever Story Slam, including spoken word artists Mz Angela Roux and Joyce Slater as well as visual artist Daniel Bartle. 


Daniel is the artist behind Lucid Arts, a design company that has its hands in projects ranging from architectural rendering to branding and logo design. He is an award-winning illustrator who was challenged to make his own mark as an artist; encouraged by the progeny of comic books and fine arts, as well as the power of street art and graffiti. 


Daniel's current work displayed in the ArtsKC gallery depicts the gangster culture that was alive in Kansas City during the Prohibition Era.


It's that time of year--local elections are gearing up for the City of Kansas City, MO. Arts and culture continue to be hot topics among elected officials with continued economic development as seen in the Crossroads Arts and Design District. On Wednesday, Dec. 3rd , 80 people gathered at ArtsKC, which hosted the first City Council Candidate Forum for this election cycle. 22 candidates participated, five of them incumbents, and 58 guests joined us. The forum was featured in the Kansas City Star and on KBMZ as well as other local blogs. ArtsKC was applauded by the media for keeping an upbeat forum and not pitting candidates against each other. Our goal was to keep the candidates engaged and educated on the issues relevant to the arts community. Six council seats are up for re-election and with the recent passing of the Arts Convergence Plan created by the Mayor's Task Force for the Arts, it is important for the arts community to continue to educate our City officials on the importance of the goals set in that plan. ArtsKC wants to understand how each candidate will work to meet those goals in partnership with the newly established Office of Cultural and Creative Services. The City has a new election cycle which will hold the primary in April and the general election in June of 2015.


Want to get involved in our advocacy  efforts? Contact Kathleen Daily at or 816-994-9225. 


Q + A: Our Corporate Arts Partner


What has been your company's involvement in the arts?

As a partner in the communities where we live and work, Black & Veatch supports a broad range of charitable, educational and cultural efforts.  This support, provided through donations of time and talent of our professionals and financial support from our Building a World of Difference Foundation, helps make our communities stronger.  This includes art events and programs that Black & Veatch sponsors and that our professionals attend and participate in. The company believes that the arts are a very important part to building an environment where people choose to live and work, and when combined with other efforts, offers a powerful combination that adds to a diverse culture.


What does supporting the arts mean to Black & Veatch?

As a global engineering and construction company we tend to focus on (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related efforts in our day-to-day operations. However, we are now realizing the value of a (STEAM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math education in our new recruits. The value created from this diverse mix of programs and support of the arts is one of the things that help attract a great mix of Black & Veatch professionals and results in this being a great place to work and our communities being a preferred place to live. Strong sustainable metropolitan communities have the arts as one of their cornerstones for success. Art encourages free expression of ideas and concepts and is a common thread among all professions. Corporate social responsibility aligns community engagement and the arts together as one of the ways that we give back to our professionals and our community.


How do creativity and innovation impact your company?

The innovation and creativity of our more than 10,000 professionals from over 100 offices around the world are shown in addressing the world's energy, water and communications infrastructure needs. Our technical and construction professionals, who focus on attention to detail, also see the amazing detail in the arts.  We see a lot of "left" and now "right" brain thinking and that helps make sure we are not only a culturally diverse place to work, but that the solutions we provide are innovative, reliable and sustainable. 


Staff Picks - Sara Vogt, Marketing + Communications Manager


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I do love the holiday season - decorating the tree, baking cookies, driving around looking at all the lights - and so much more! The holidays also offer an abundance of ways to share the joy with friends and family while enjoying the arts.

My first pick is The Snow Globes Featuring The Quixotic School of Performing Arts on Dec. 12th and 13th. The Snow Globes, a folk-based trio, write, arrange and perform their own original Christmas material as well as classics of the holiday season. This year they will incorporate aerial and dance into their joyful show, teaming up with students from the Quixotic School of Performing Arts. While I had not checked them out in past years, I've had them recommended to me and plan to check it out as an avid fan of all things Quixotic.

For my second pick, I've selected something for the kiddos. My nephews have so many toys and I don't want to lose my "Cool Aunt" title by buying them socks - so this year I purchased two tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer: The Musical at the The Coterie for me and my four-year-old best friend!

Speaking of giving art this holiday season, my last pick is to suggest that you explore the work of some of Kansas City's amazing visual artists as presents for your loved ones. Some of my favorites include; Chris Dahlquist, Joe Bussell, and Daniel Bartle(Lucid Arts).


Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

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