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M-AAA presents LIVE! in the Crossroads on First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City.

Our LIVE! activities include live music and dance, festival arts, visual art exhibits, and curator talks. All LIVE! events and activities are free and accessible to the public.

Exhibitions are at our headquarters at 2018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108 (click for Google map). From May through October, outdoor concerts are in our parking lot across the street.

On March 6
Join us for a preview of the NEH on the Road exhibition The Power of Children: Making a Difference from 6:00–8:00 p.m. The exhibition shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White—three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world. Selections of this NEH on the Road exhibition will be on view before it officially opens in full at the Fort Morgan Museum in Colorado in April. 

In February

Nebraska Artist Jamie Burmeister to Install “LUV U” Artwork in Downtown Kansas City in February

Organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance

For the month of February, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will be the site of Message Matters, a multi site-specific light installation by Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister. Featuring lights installed in key window locations throughout the area, the artwork, titled Message Matters (2015), will fade in and out sending the Morse code message,  “LUV U.” Seeking to transform downtown Kansas City into a message of love and community, the work will be on view at night throughout February at eight locations. The installation is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance, which will serve as the hub at 2018 Baltimore Ave.

The artist’s expectation is that downtown Kansas City residents and visitors will be able see at least one of the lights sending the Morse code message “LUV U” each night.

Message Matters Installation sites

Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Avenue

Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut Street

Kansas City, Missouri, City Hall, 414 E. 12th Street

Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library-Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street

Fine Folk, 122 Southwest Boulevard

Meers Advertising, 1811 Walnut Street

Charlotte Street Foundation/Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th Street

Two previous installations of Message Matters have occurred in Omaha, Nebraska, and Akron, Ohio, although neither included sites beyond the individual commissioning art organization. The project in Kansas City marks a new community-focused approach to the work that did not exist in prior iterations. To view documentation of these prior installations, please see the links below:

·      Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha:

·      Akron Art Museum in Akron:

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Jamie Burmeister has exhibited in galleries, museums, and public places throughout the world. He has received numerous awards including the Nebraska Art Council’s 2010 and 2007 Individual Artist Fellowships, Omaha Entertainment and Arts 2007 Best Public Art and 2006 Three-Dimensional Sculpture Awards, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Trickey Memorial Award and Woods Fellowship. He received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2005.

LIVE! in the Crossroads Funders

We are grateful to these funders that support LIVE! in the Crossroads:

National Endowment for the Arts
Missouri Arts Council
ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council
Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund

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