ArtSounds Call for Artists, 2016-17


For 10 years, ArtSounds, a collaboration between the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute has thrived.  Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Co-directors Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy set the stage for concert events outside the box and inside the mind's eye and the eye's ear.

In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.

Entering our 11th year, the Conservatory is excited to announce two new community partners: the Charlotte Street Foundation and Art in the Loop.  We want to thank KCAI for their support for our first 10 years, but in looking forward, we hope to cross-pollinate audiences from academic and community-based organizations. 

There will be two events next year, November 5 at La Esquina as part of a larger Media Fest associated with CSF and May 4 at Prairie Logic associated with Art in the Loop. The Conservatory will co-sponsor all events.

Each event will provide venue, marketing and a $1,000 stipend for the artists.  

To apply, please submit a proposal by May 2 to Mara Gibson ( for review by a panel including Paul Rudy, Mara Gibson, Ann Holiday and Amy Kligman. 

Proposals should include: duration of event (no more than 60 minutes), collaborators, use of proposed budget and a short 2-3 sentence description of the event and supply list.  Feel free to submit 1-2 examples of past work and short bios for consideration, but submit complete application in ONE pdf file.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949