Tuesday, October 01, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! PUBLIC ART COLLISION COURSE CONFRONTS NEW KCI!!!
Tonight KICK-ASS Kansas City journalist Julius Karash shares some of the most in-depth reporting we've seen regarding the construction hardships confronting New KCI and the financial interests already battling for position.
Whilst our blog community has raised concern about the "one percent" for the arts. This story offers AN EXCEPTIONAL AND IMPRESSIVE look at the players in competition for more KCMO arts money . . . Checkit :
StudioKC: Kansas City’s Municipal Art Commission Moves to Reassert its Authority Over Public Art, the Design of Structures Built by the City and Stewardship of the City’s One Percent for Art Program
Based on the $565 million vertical construction cost of the new terminal and a new garage, the one percent formula calls for about $5.65 million to fund public art at the reconfigured airport. That figure represents the biggest art budget in the 28-year history of Kansas City’s program.
The city charter mandates that the One Percent for Art program will be administered by MAC, an appointed panel of volunteers.
“Through the One Percent for Art Program, the mission of the Municipal Art Commission is to serve as a catalyst for artistic growth and aesthetic excellence in our communities,” the charter states.
The process of choosing public art also is supposed to involve a selection panel that includes artists, architects, community representatives, tenants of the facilities and other experts.
In addition, MAC’s mandated responsibilities include “the design of buildings, bridges, fences and other structures built by the city; and privately-owned signs, skywalks or other structures that extend over public property.”
But while the mandates are explicit, a cloud of confusion has descended on the program. MAC has gotten off track in recent years, to the consternation of public art and design advocates such as Marc Wilson, former director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
“There are disturbing questions in terms of accountability to the public over how this is being run,” said Wilson, who was among those who pushed for adoption of the One Percent for Art program. “The city statutes give authority to approve the design to the Art Commission. Why were they not brought in? What’s going on? It doesn’t smell right.”
Read the whole thing. There's some exceptional journalism in there . . .
Translation on the entire hot mess . . .
ALREADY WE NOTICE LOCALS PLAYING 'FAST & LOOSE' WITH NEW KCI CASH AND THE ARTS COMMUNITY IS LIKELY TO BE THE FIRST TO GET CHEATED!!!
At this point there are simply too many moving parts and so many of the concerns about expenses and delays are now being realized.
Developing . . .