This Saturday, August 17th, from 9AM to 5 PM Rocket Grantees Cory Imig and Melaney Mitchell will host the Impractical Spaces Dialogue and Documentation Event at the Kansas City Artist Coalition (201 Wyandotte Street, in the River Market) that will invite conversation and expand research for a Impractical Spaces: Artist-run Galleries, Occupied Warehouses, Co-operatives, Pop-ups and Other Ad Hoc Venues., a publication on Kansas City’s artist-run scene.
Artist-run spaces are galleries and collectives run by artists that follow a model which provides an alternative to established institutions and commercial galleries of a given city. These spaces respond directly to the needs of the local arts community. They are some of the deepest advocates working on the ground floor with shoestring budgets to create contexts for and conversations about what artists are exploring. They are rich in risk, advocate for the sticky, the uncomfortable, the experimental, and the avant-garde. Kansas City’s art history is dependent upon them.
The event will serve as a day to celebrate stories of past artist run spaces, provide space and time for documentation of spaces, and cultivate opportunities for those involved and adjacent to the artist run community to come together, discuss, and honor this rich history of Kansas City. It is time to dig out your flat files and shoeboxes under the bed! Bring your old flyers, photos shot on film, stories, and more. Imig and Mitchell will be facilitating the documentation of oral histories and scanning related ephemera.
Included in the symposium portion of the event will be, a series of stories from past artist-run space leaders in Kansas City and a presentation from our national editorial partners Paddy Johnson and Dulcee Boehm. The national partners will be working with Kansas City to expand the reach of our local conversation and bring it to a larger context.
This will truly be an opportunity for those involved in the artist-run history making in Kansas City. Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Reserve a free ticket through the Eventbrite link HERE