Dan Cameron, artistic director of the inaugural Kansas City biennial, opening on August 25, 2018. Photo: Wikipedia.

Inaugural Kansas City Biennial to Open in 2018

Kanas City, Missouri is launching a new biennial, which will hold its inaugural edition in 2018, and Dan Cameron, founder of the Prospect New Orleans triennial, will serve as its artistic director. Titled, “Open Spaces 2018: A Kansas City Arts Experience,” the new two-month-long contemporary and performing arts festival is a collaboration between the city and local philanthropists, including the biennial’s founding partner Scott Francis.

“Open Spaces” will take place at venues across the Midwestern city. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art are among the institutions that will host programming. There will also be a main stage and pop-up “village” in Swope Park where a series of performances will be staged over the course of the biennial and local vendors and culinary artisans will be featured.

According to KCUR, the initiative has been in the works since 2013. At a press conference announcing the exhibition, mayor Sly James said, “I firmly believe that Open Spaces can bring together the people of Kansas City and the surrounding region in a way that can put our city on the map as an arts and culture center.” The city’s Office of Culture and Creative Services is currently working with Francis, KC Creates, and O’Neill Marketing & Event Management to organize the event, which will debut on August 25, 2018. It is expected to have a budget of $3.5 million.