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CONTACT: Porter Arneill, Municipal Art Commission, (816) 513-2538

Avenue of the Arts debuts May 16

Avenue of the Arts, the City’s most progressive public art project, debuts its 2003 temporary art installation May 16, from 5-8 p.m. on Central Avenue from Ninth Street to Sixteenth Street.

The newest body of work is administered by the Municipal Art Commission, CDFM2 and the Downtown Council. This year’s project features: "The Rainbow House" by Johnny Naugahyde; "Prayer Booths" by Dylan Mortimer; "Sentinels" by Mary Wessel and Russell Ferguson; "Point of Departure by "Matt Dehaemers; "zip" by Cara Walz; and "Untitled" by Derek Porter Studios.

Trolleys will run the length of Central Avenue from Ninth Street to Sixteenth Street to celebrate the installations; this is the first year this has been coordinated with the debut of Avenue of the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available as well as information booths hosted by local performing and visual arts organizations.

The Avenue of the Arts project was initiated in 1999 by Jim Calcara, Principal-in-Charge of Architecture at CDFM2. The Downtown Council is a partner of CDFM2 and the Municipal Art Commission this year for Avenue of the Arts.

“The partnership shows common interest in building a better city. Doing it on a volunteer basis, investing our dollars and time generates more lasting progress. The partnership has created mutual respect between public and private entities and has drawn us to accomplish something together,” said Calcara.

For more information about the project or individual artist, call the Municipal Art Commission Office, (816) 513-2538, or Amy Kommer, CDFM2, (816) 472-2050.

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