Sunday, June 16, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY OPEN SPACES STILL OWES MONEY TO VENDORS DESPITE RECENT HONORS!!!
One of the most monumental artistic failures in Kansas City history recently earned accolades which attempt to obfuscate is horrible costs.
According to City Hall, Open Spaces Kansas City was among 50 public arts projects honored by Americans for the Arts through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art.
Given that she was MIA during the critical part of OPEN SPACES, this might be considered a big win for Megan Crigger and her Office of Culture and Creative Services which might be the most frivolous City Hall endeavor of the past decade.
However, this top honor leaves out a few facts regarding the show . . .
KCMO taxpayers had to fund this effort by way of $500,000 from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. The City is responsible for a $375,000 loan to KC Creates, the nonprofit entity that produced Open Spaces. All total, KC powered the festival to the tune of around ONE MILLION DOLLARS -- Which kinda pricey for an art festival.
The punchline . . .
NEARLY ONE YEAR AFTER THE KCMO ARTSY PARTY, VENDORS COMPLAIN THAT THEY HAVEN'T YET BEEN PAID!!!
And so the bad news continues to mount despite an attempt to rewrite history and ignore the legacy of local art FAIL.
Other than the bills, all we'll have to remember this artsy embarrassment by are the branches of the dead pink tree featured by "OPEN SPACES" and now auctioned as "art" or really creative mulch.
Meanwhile, as the economy braces for recession the local creative class and lame duck politicos continue their spin for pricey projects that didn't perform up to expectations and have literally left locals holding nothing but the check.
Developing . . .