KC reboots Swope Park-based arts festival for fall 2018

After a false start last year, Kansas City officials announced plans Monday for a two-month festival of visual and performing arts, to be anchored in Swope Park from August to October 2018.

The event, titled “Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience,” represents the city’s attempt to establish the kind of festival that has become a mainstay of arts scenes in Charleston, Austin, New Orleans and cities across the globe.

Planners envision painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers and musicians from the city and beyond to participate in the 60-day affair, which will run from Aug. 28 to Oct. 25. An “arts village” in Swope Park will be the focus of free weekend events, with other performances and exhibitions, some requiring purchase of tickets, running at other times in various venues throughout the city.

The public-private venture, budgeted at $3.5 million, has been a goal for Mayor Sly James since 2013, when it was a major recommendation of an arts task force he convened.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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