Three Gifts of Public Artwork Will Soon Be On Display in the Metro

Arrechea’s “Meat and Music”. (Photo credit: Kevin Moravec)

Big news from the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Three works of art created for last year’s inaugural Open Spaces festival have been gifted to the people of Kansas City by the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust.

Cerqueira’s “Any Word Except Wait” (Photo credit: Flávio Cerqueira)

Two will land here in the metro and the third is going to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. All three were part of Open Spaces 2018, an unprecedented two-month citywide visual and performing arts festival that was a private philanthropic partnership with the city.

Downen’s “An Architectural Folly From a Future Place” (Photo credit: Charles Schwall)

Open Spaces co-founder Scott Francis says, “One of our goals for Open Spaces was to bring contemporary art to neighborhoods throughout the city. The R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust’s generous gift ensures that three important artworks created for Open Spaces 2018 will remain permanently on public display in Kansas City.”

The three works of art are:

  • “An Architectural Folly From a Future Place” by Jill Downen (Swope Park) (1)
  •  “Meat and Music” by Alexandre Arrechea (18th & Vine Jazz District) (2)
  •  “Any Word Except Wait” by Flávio Cerqueira (University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus) (3)
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