COVID-19 has impacted the arts world along with every other biz in Kansas City. However, a revenue model predicated on the generosity of patrons is exceptionally vulnerable.
Accordingly . . .
Both conservatives and progressives fought over police using the Nelson as a staging ground and it seems that put the institution in a tough spot . . . Which it, of course, mishandled.
And so, from an artsy perspective we take a look at this post that offers some behind the scenes deets along with the focus of the institution re-imagined.
"This summer’s fiasco with local police using the Museum as a staging ground during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kansas City has also damaged the Museum’s credibility with the Black community. It took Director Zugazagoitia seventy-two hours to make a public response, leaving enough time for people to form opinions about the Museum’s role in the city.
"The Museum must make innovative and lasting decisions soon. Among such choices are to consider how the Museum is being perceived outside the “family-friendly” bubble that seldom allows for creative curation and scholarship. Curatorial and educational activities cannot just safely skim current events happening outside their door. They must use their resources to go beyond its role as an encyclopedic institution, and that may include deaccessioning."
For those who care about the Kansas City art world, this really is a good post that deserves attention. Read it in its entirety.
Developing . . .