Metro Arts Organizations Creatively Address the Shuttering of Doors and Stages

Metro Arts Organizations Creatively Address the Shuttering of Doors and Stages

"Whoever coined the phrase, “The show must go on” never witnessed a citywide shut down due to a pandemic. The stay-at-home mandate hit the arts community especially hard. By March, stages went dark. Art galleries closed. Performances were canceled. And scheduled fundraisers were sidelined. 

The handful of arts groups profiled here represents dozens more throughout Kansas City. People in leadership roles admitted to initial emotions of feeling gobsmacked, depressed, angry, frightened. 

But without exception, each one interviewed began making immediate plans to connect with artists, audiences, subscribers, members, and supporters through “with a heavy heart” emails, phone calls and socially distanced ad hoc meetings. Unlike other tough times many had endured before, this catastrophe had the additional stress that no one knew when it would end. Two weeks? Two months? A year? Yet one thought, one rallying cry was echoed by all four organizations: learn to pivot. Fast." ––Katie Van Luchene, IN Kansas City 

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Image credit: Tom Otterness, "Crying Giant," 2002, bronze, edition 2 of 3, 132 x 78 x 173 inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Museum purchase made possible by a gift from the Kearney Wornall Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, and the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2002.24.01. © Tom Otterness/tomotterness.net