The new Kansas City International Airport terminal houses the largest collection of public art in the history of the city’s One Percent for Art program. This month, “Flatland in Focus” talks to some of the artists who have benefited from this funding and how a thriving arts community can best be supported.
This summer, a new self-guided tour will be launched in honor of Kansas City’s rich LGBTQ history. Joel Barrett has been working on the KC Rainbow Tour over the past year, which will highlight the city's rich LGBTQ history he's uncovered dating back to before Stonewall. Barrett hopes the project will launch by June 3.
"I often tell people that essentially what was then known as the gay rights movement, back in the early 60s, was conceived here in Kansas City," he said.
When I meet up with Carl at the site on a cold January Friday evening, it’s yellow grass, soft earth and a hand-sculpted ferrocement rain barrel. It’s a living project, requiring tending to and a long-term vision. It is art as environmental justice. It’s racial justice. It’s Boon Area 1.
Carl Stafford, founder of MyRegionWins!, created Boon Area 1 to be an “environmental, nature-based, interactive, functional art installation that generates revenue.” The site has a way to go before it’s completed, and unless you lived in the neighborhood, the site in winter might seem unremarkable, something to go unnoticed.