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City seeks art for new entertainment district

The City of Kansas City, Mo., One-Percent-for-Art program issued a request for qualifications today seeking artists or artist collaborations to develop innovative, original art for the new Power and Light District. The estimated public art budget for the new entertainment district is $300,000.

Interested artists should submit their proposals to the Municipal Art Commission, Power and Light District, City Hall, 17th floor, 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday, Nov. 10.

A selection panel will review all submitted proposals in December, and the finalists will present their proposals in March 2006. The artist(s) will be selected by early spring, with art installation planned for winter 2006/spring 2007. The complete request for qualifications can be downloaded from the City’s Web site at

The Power and Light District will be a dynamic, mixed-use retail, entertainment, office and residential area in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The nine-block district is bordered by Grand Avenue on the east, Truman Road (Interstate 70/670) on the south, Baltimore Avenue on the west, and 12th Street on the north.

For this project, the City's Capital Improvements Management Office is responsible for purchasing all property; performing all demolition and environmental abatement in the existing buildings and parking lots; replacing all public utilities in the district blocks including water, sanitary sewer, telecommunications ductbank system and storm sewer; replacing streets from back of curb to back of curb around the perimeter of the site; managing traffic flow issues; and overall project management.

For more information about this issue, contact Elizabeth Bowman, Municipal Art Commission, (816) 513-2656 or

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