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Explore Kansas City's neighborhoods, art centers, and studios!


Lawrence Arts Tour | 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Lawrence, Kansas ranks high among U.S cities in percentage of professional artists in the workforce, and. through partnerships that include non-profits, developers, Kansas University, businesses, and the city, Lawrence supports the work of these artists. Infusing new energy and ideas into this community, the Lawrence Arts Center, the Spencer Museum, a committed mayor, a tapestry of studio spaces and small galleries and other affinity spaces, and a newly emerging arts district bring visual and performing artists to the area to create new work, engage the larger community, and enhance economic and artistic vibrancy. Hear from artists-in-residence and facilitators at the Lawrence Arts Center, home to seven visual arts studios, dance studios, theaters, and galleries. Tour annex gallery spaces, learn about municipal and private investment in art for artists, and end the afternoon at the Spencer Museum of Art, with a reception and a discussion of their artist initiatives, international residencies, and collaborations with artists.  Transportation provided between Lawrence and the conference hotel (45 minutes).

Limit: 28 participants

  Kansas City Artists Coalition | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Connect with old friends and make new ones at Kansas City Artists Coalition, an artist-centered, artist-run alternative space focused on supporting emerging artists and promoting visual arts awareness in Kansas City. Beer/wine and light hors d'ouevres will be served.


Studios Inc. | 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Celebrate Halloween with the Alliance and enjoy the music and performance art of Mark Southerland Horn Sculpture at our annual auction party! Bid on exclusive events and original art to fit every budget. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets to the event are $35 and include food, drinks, live music and admission to the party. Check out the full event page here!
Thursday and Friday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

Belger Arts Center + Redstar Studio | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studio are both home to galleries, artist studios, an artist in residence program, classes, and workshops offered to community members of all ages, including a ceramic supply business. Visitors can tour galleries, participate in a hands-on clay project and tour ceramics, print-making, and metal studios. Presentations will highlight opportunities available for artists at every stage of their career through Red Star Studios’ Artist in Residence program, Red Star Studios’ educational programs, and study of the Belger Foundation Collection. The Belger ethos is based on the belief that development of creative capacity is necessary for positive transformation of our communities.

Limit: 28 participants


Yarnbombing: Adventures in Guerilla Urbanism | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

For the past two years, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) has been brightening the streets of Los Angeles with their colorful knit graffiti and fiber-based public projects. Come participate in a local yarnbombing with three YBLA members on the streets of Kansas City! Then stay for a critical discussion about the creation of beauty and community through urban intervention and a workshop where participants will create short messages for YBLA's latest interactive project, Urban Letters. In addition to traditional yarnbombing, YBLA will present methods of using fiber arts to make a critical statement and engage with the public.

Limit: 28 participants

Kansas City Ballet Tour | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, at the heart of downtown Kansas City and the vibrant Crossroads Arts District, is the home of Kansas City’s premier dance company and the region’s best ballet academy. Join a tour of this facility and see the magic behind the scenes with a presentation on costume design.

Limit: 28 participants

Writers Place Workshop | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

Tour The Writers Place – a charming, three-story, limestone castle in Kansas City’s historic Valentine neighborhood. This former brothel and later, fundamentalist church, at 3607 Pennsylvania, has been home to the Midwest region’s literary community center for more than 20 years. Rumored to be haunted, ghosts and the living alike now gather to enjoy readings, workshops, special events, and youth outreach programming. Following the tour, dig into your past to find your own ghosts in the “Mining the Memory” workshop. Through a series of short writing exercises, discover ideas to create a poem, sketch, story or essay. Share your work with others, give and get feedback, and develop a rough draft you can take with you to hone into a completed piece. Instructed by Maryfrances Wagner, TWP board member, published poet and educator.

Limit: 28 participants
Thursday and Friday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  | 1:45 - 4:00 pm

The Nelson-Atkins Museum is home to a renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects. It is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, the Hallmark Photographic Collection, the Kansas City Sculpture Park, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The recent transformation of the Nelson-Atkins Museum included the Bloch Building expansion, designed by architect Steven Holl and lauded as one of the nation’s finest buildings. The New York Times called it “breathtaking, a work of haunting power,” and TIME named it “The No. 1 Architectural Marvel of 2007.” Explore one of the best museums in the Midwest. This is a self-guided tour.

Limit: 28 participants


Plug Projects: Artist-Run Initiatives | 1:45 - 4:00 pm

This tour will survey the current landscape and history of artist-initiated collaborations and community engagement.  At each location the artists involved in the space will host a conversation about their practice and how they engage the community. 
 PLUG Projects is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community with the goal of energizing artists and the public at large through exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.

Limit: 28 participants.


Leedy-Voulkos Art Center | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Wrap up the conference and begin your evening with a reception at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center as we kickoff First Fridays in the Crossroads District. Once per month, Kansas City's galleries open their doors to showcase local and national art work. Gather with colleagues and then explore the galleries and cultural scene.   Beer/wine and light hors d'ouevres will be served.

The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center profiles world class art work created by Kansas City's creative community. Balancing exceptional exhibition programming with education and community outreach, the organization provides a venue for local, regional, and national artists to develop their careers.