GUILDit envisions a future of an art village at the multi-industry Plexpod Wesport Coworking Building. The development will serve 1,281 art entrepreneurs, plus 63,350 students and audience members with coworking, studios, a theatre, and a gallery. To make it happen, investors are invited to rebuild Kansas City’s culture. The total cost for 3 years is

Three well-known local artists share their insights on creating strong messaging, competency, and empathy in their art and careers. Learn how these women artists communicate and navigate their ideas in ways that attract others to their work. This diverse panel will discuss taking risks, being confident and courageous. They will provide perspective on the current

Beth Byrd Talks 3/23 at Kemper

Beth Byrd-Lonski and Byrd Productions has been creating the future of physical theater in Kansas City since 1995, through performance, education, scholarships, and collaboration. She was also the producer of the New Dance Series, plus Co-founding Director of Dance in the Park and Modern Night at the Folly. In addition, Beth was a Founding Board member

Gary Abbott, Talks on 11/10 @ ArtsBar

UMKC Professor Gary Abbott has danced for companies in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Denver. He has choreographed for companies in Denver, Cleveland, and Gillette, WY. Gary co-founded Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in 1995. The company’s mission to re-imagine contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical and African-American traditions. Deeply Rooted Dance Theater was the first

Jane Gotch, Talks on 11/10 @ ArtsBar

Jane Gotch has a Rocket Grant, three Inspiration Grants, The Innovation in the Arts Award, and a CSF Generative Performing Artist Award. She has collaborated with artists Johanna Brooks, Brad Cox, Leo Gayden, Helen Gillet, Shawn Hansen, Peregrine Honig, Miles Neidenger, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland and many others. Her choreography has been self-produced and presented

Join us for our 1-year-old Birthday Bash with Panel, on our second Thursday eve date. When: August 11 Time: 6:30-7:30pm, Panel              7:30 – 8:30pm, Bash  Place: Uptown Arts Bar – 3611 Broadway; Kansas City, MO 64111 Free Event ‘Making Money in the Arts’ Panelists: Hugh Merrill, printmaker – A KCAI professor

The multi-talented Mikal Shapiro is a filmmaker, musician and visual artist. She was schooled in filmmaking and has the credentials to show it, which include a number of KC Film Fest awards and a Chicago CIMM Fest award for ‘Two Sisters’. Though lately you will find Mikal hosting KKFI’s River Trade Radio show, crafting her

In Molly Hammer’s talk ‘Say Yes’ she will share how her career has evolved from Folk to Jazz and a new venture as a trio act. By remaining “open” and saying yes it has led her on so many different paths; some great, some awful, but all valuable learning experiences. Each experience has added a

Cheryl Kimmi and Brent Kimmi Will talk about the KC Fringe Festival, an 11 day arts festival that takes place in 21 venues in Kansas City from Downtown to the Plaza. KC Fringe launched in 2005 as a 3 day festival with 150 performances and is now an 11 day festival with over 480 performances in its