Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, December 22, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Sue Moreno with Arts Tech, John Fierro CEO Mattie Rhodes Center, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
SUE MORENO-ArtsTech is a public/private collaborative venture that offers young people and the community an opportunity to advance their artistic and technological skills in an entrepreneurial business environment. COMBAT, in conjunction with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Public Safety, is the key anchor partner with ArtsTech. Involving Storytellers, Inc. in the consortium strengthened the group’s creative thinking and connected ArtsTech to the growing local community artist population.
Imagine a center where 100 young adults work to develop their artistic talents and produce quality products and services that support the local community.
Imagine hundreds of school-age children rushing up the stairs to the art gallery to learn and be inspired by art mentors demonstrating numerous art techniques all aligned to educational standards.
Imagine youth-serving organizations and community artists all having a place to showcase their work in an interactive and professional gallery. Imagine persons with disabilities enhancing their quality of life after receiving their first computers, which were refurbished by urban core youth applying their new technology skills.
ArtsTech offers these opportunities and much, much more. ArtsTech is a public/private collaborative venture that offers young people and the community an opportunity to advance their artistic and technological skills in an entrepreneurial business environment. COMBAT, in conjunction with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Public Safety, is the key anchor partner with ArtsTech. Involving Storytellers, Inc. in the consortium strengthened the group’s creative thinking and connected ArtsTech to the growing local community artist population.
ArtsTech is the only youth-serving business in the Arts Crossroads District. Having a presence in the heart of the art and business districts is an enormous asset and also indicates to our young people that they, too, can participate in Kansas City’s renaissance.
Arts Tech artstech-kc.org
1522 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108 [email protected] | 816-461-0201
JOHN FIERRO, CEO Mattie Rhodes Center-Mattie Rhodes Center is a nonprofit agency celebrating it’s 127th year of serving the Greater Kansas City community. We are committed to building a stronger city by working toward the vision of living in a vibrant community where all individuals and families are healthy, safe and have the resources to thrive.
Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual and family well being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts.
Our staff provides culturally competent programming in the following five areas:
1. Family Services & Support (behavioral health, family violence, in-school services, substance abuse)
2. Youth Development (youth development, supportive living)
3. Community Support (health and wellness, economic development)
4. Cultural Arts (arts education, exhibits and collections)
5. Emergency Assistance (food, rent and utilities assistance)
Mattie Rhodes is the only fully bilingual/bicultural, nationally accredited, and state-certified behavioral health care provider in the Greater Kansas City region.
Charlotte Street Foundation is currently seeking submissions from local artists for the Crossroads Artboards in 2022. The Artboards is a public art program administered by Charlotte Street, located on exterior, double-sided billboards at 125 Southwest Boulevard. Since 2008, 90 Kansas City based artists or collectives have been selected for the commissioned Artboards from April 2022 through March 2023, new, commissioned images by Kansas City area artists will be presented and rotated approximately every three months. Applications are due 11:59 PM Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Selected artists, chosen through a competitive process, will receive stipends of $1,000 each for completing and delivering print-ready images for one set of two side-by-side billboards. Proposals are invited from all interested non-student artists 21 years of age and older living within the five county Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area (Jackson, Platte, and Clay counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas). It is expected that eight artists will be selected through this call, for Artboards to be displayed April 2022 through March 2023. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a panel comprised of artists and arts professionals that will be made public following the selection of the work. Charlotte Street administers the process from application through installation. Public announcement of the recipients of Artboard commissions will be published around February 24, 2022.The first installation of Artboards will be the first week of April 2022.
Artists interested in applying can submit proposals through Submittable (submittable.com)
The Artboards exist in public space, to be a platform for artists’ voices and work in the center of the Crossroads, a neighborhood whose character has been very influenced by and connected to the arts community. The work chosen for display will be that which the panelists deem most dynamic, engaging and inspiring to the public; striking and aesthetically strong; and authentic to the creative spirit of the Crossroads neighborhood.
Each selected artist will be responsible for producing two images. These will be printed on ECO- flex vinyl and displayed side by side (unless otherwise determined). Each Artboard is 27 feet long and 12.4 feet high. Selected artists will be responsible for preparing digital images for print, sized 27ʺ x 12.4ʺ at 600 dpi resolution. The printing and installation of the Artboards will be the responsibility of Charlotte Street. Selected artists will receive the commission fee of $1,000 following the submission of final images to the printer.
Primary proposal components – required:
1. A short narrative proposal describing your concept for the Artboards (no more than 300 words)
2. At least 2 JPEG images or PDFs documenting your proposed Artboards. Note: Artists choosing to
submit multiple options for the Artboards may do so, but should include description of all
options/variables in the narrative portion of the proposal. If submitting sketches rather than finished
images, sketches should be as specific as possible, and the narrative proposal and additional support
materials should provide a strong indication of the appearance of the final work proposed.
3. Resume or CV, and artist bio, including history of exhibitions, contact information, and website
address if applicable. Supplemental Components – recommended: Up to five jpeg images of other
artwork produced within the past three years.
4 jurors are selected to review Artboards applications. The jurors are professional artists in a variety of media, curators, educators, critical art writers and cultural activists – all from the Kansas City region with at least one juror who lives or works in the Crossroads district. The process for the Artboards selections takes place in two stages:
• First, jurors score each application based on submission images
• Secondly, jurors review first round application scores. The top scored applications receive a more in-depth review of their materials and a group evaluation. At this stage the jurors revote and make final selections.
www.charlottestreet.org (816) 994 7725