Art in the Loop Adds Live Music to Streetcar Stops This Summer

A streetcar pulls into the Crossroads stop adorned by Love and Bee Loved, a work by Katrina Revenaugh

This summer’s Art in the Loop Performance Art & Music series continues Thursday (July 22) with a show by Corey Clark at the KC Streetcar Library Stop Northbound near Commerce Tower.

The free concert is part of a series of live performances that are accompanying the Eighth Annual Art in the Loop project, which once again has decorated downtown streetcar stops with art commissions created by local artists.

This year’s them is “Resilient,” which asks the question what does an inclusive, equitable, accessible and vibrant downtown Kansas City look like, according to a press release from the organizers, the Downtown Council and the KC Streetcar Authority.

“What is needed in order for our city to remain resilient – particularly within this present moment?” according to the release.

As part of the event, the Kansas City Streetcar and Art in the Loop are hosting a live music series along the KC Streetcar route this summer.

Hector Garcia was commissioned to create a work called Jazz: The Resilient Spirit of Kansas City

Music will range from folk, hip-hop, jazz, country, indie, latin, and classical with original music and covers of popular songs performed by Kansas City musicians, according to a release from the Streetcar Authority.

The performances will be held every Thursday afternoon, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs. Any changes in location will be announced on the KC Streetcar and Art in the Loop websites.

This year’s schedule:

Thursday – Corey Clark

Jul. 29 – Amado Espinoza at KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop (12th & Main, in front of lightwell)
Aug. 5 – FlamenKcmo at KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop (12th & Main, in front of lightwell)
Aug. 12 – Nicole Springer at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop (12th & Main, in front of lightwell)
*Monday, Aug. 16 – Jessica Ayala featuring Arquestra de SolSoul inside the City Market – nearest streetcar stop River Market North (Third & Grand)
This performance will be held on 816 Day. There is no August 19 performance.
Aug. 26 – The Wires at the KC Streetcar River Market West Stop (Fourth & Delaware)
Sep. 2 – Kadesh Flow inside the City Market – nearest streetcar stop River Market North (Third & Grand)

A dance performance with Brillo Performance is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 7:30 pm. Brillo is led by Katie Brennan and Oscar Trujillo and is described as the “juncture of movement-based healing and immersive contemporary dance.”

Location information for the dance can be found on the Art in the Loop website.

A work by Allison Bowman, Sacred Spaces, is at the Library streetcar stop.

This year’s artists who were selected to provide works for the streetcar stops through October are:

Allison Bowman, Sacred Spaces, KC Streetcar Library Stop, Northbound
Robert Castillo, Resilient Encoded, KC Streetcar Library Stop, Southbound
William Dubois, Beyond the Looking Glass, KC Streetcar Crossroads Stop, Southbound
Hector E. Garcia, Jazz: The Resilient Spirit of Kansas City, KC Streetcar Vehicle #804
Smitha George, We Under One Sun, One Moon, and on One Earth, KC Streetcar, River Market West Stop
Angie Jennings, Love Who You Love, KC Streetcar Power & Light District Stop, Southbound
Megan Leong, Beauty in Small Things, KC Streetcar North Loop Stop, Southbound
Brittany Noriega, Silver Lining, KC Streetcar Metro Center Stop, Northbound
Shelly Pinto, Patchwork, KC Streetcar Kauffman Center Stop, Southbound
Katrina Revenaugh, Love & Bee Loved, KC Streetcar Crossroads Stop, Northbound
Sheron Smith, Together We Rise, ARTwall, 13th & Grand

The 2021 Art in the Loop Project was guided by Kyle Mullins, who is serving in his first year as art director for the organization. Mullins is a dance artist living and creating in Kansas City.

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