One thing can be said about Kansas City, Missouri, the patrons of the Arts know a thing or two about making art accessible to the community. Unlike their larger city counterparts, Kansas City has a number of art museums that are accessible to the public free of charge. Pristine Agency takes a look at two to get you started:
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Located at 4420 Warwick Boulevard, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a permanent collection of work that has tripled since it opened more than twenty years ago. The center of the collection comes from gifts from R. Crosby Kemper and Bebe Kemper and the Kemper Foundations. Dale Chihuly, Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Robert Mapplethorpe are only some of the names that fill the museum’s permanent collection. In addition to their collection, Kemper has outstanding free community outreach/educational programs. Available to young children, teens, adults, and families the museum seeks to enmesh youth and adults in conversations about the significance of art in our everyday lives. Programs include, but are not limited to, workshops, film series, audio tours and gallery conversations. Information regarding current programming is available at kemperart.org. Hours of operation vary depending on the day of the week. 10am-4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. 10am-9pm, Thursday and Friday. Closed on Monday. 816-753-5784 for more information
The Belger Arts Center
Founded by the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation, the Belger Arts Center operates out of the historic Belger Building at 2100 Walnut Street. Located in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri, the building is home to the Belger Cartage Service Corporation. The building includes a third floor exhibition space as well as a ground floor space that can be used for large instillations and fund raising events. The initial premiere at the center in 2000 marked the first of over forty major art exhibitions during the last 16 years. The center proudly displays a variety of 2D, 3D, and 4D artwork and boasts a large exhibition program comprised of works of the Belger Family Foundation collection, as well as other major collectors from around the world. The gallery is open Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm or by appointment. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. For more information contact the museum office 816-474-3250.