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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2012

Regional artists will transform downtown Kansas City
with Avenue of the Arts installation

Seven artists from Kansas and Missouri will redefine six blocks of Central Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Mo., this summer as part of the 11th Annual Avenue of the Arts temporary public art exhibition.

As part of the Avenue of the Arts program, the seven artists will place temporary public art installations at seven spots on Central Avenue between 10th and 16th streets. The artwork, ranging from free-standing sculpture to a “tetrahedron assemblage,” will remain in place from May 25 until Sept. 30. An opening reception will be held at the Folly Theater, 1020 Central Ave., on June 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Begun in 2000, Avenue of the Arts is an annual summer exhibition of temporary public artwork created by regional artists.Works are selected by a panel comprised of arts professionals and business and community representatives.

Municipal Art Commission Director Porter Arneill said the Avenue of the Arts program serves both artists and the community.

“In addition to providing the public with new, innovative artwork, the artists who participate in Avenue of the Arts receive a hands-on experience in creating and managing public art projects,” Arneill said. “Alumni of the program have used the tools they’ve gained to create world-class public art both within and outside of Kansas City.”

The program is administered by the Avenue of the Arts Foundation (360ºArchitecture and DST Systems Inc.), in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this project should be directed to Municipal Art Commission Director Porter Arneill, at 816-513-2538 or e-mail porter.arneill@kcmo.org.

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