Sean Starowitz

Arts & Culture
12:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Artists Explore Possibilities Of Vacant Lots In Kansas City

LOTS of Love coordinator Dina Newman points to the future site of an orchard in the Ivanhoe neighborhood.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Artists have a reputation for moving into places others don’t – turning areas once full of empty buildings into thriving districts, such as the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. So, it’s not surprising they’d take a look at the thousands of vacant lots and vacant houses in the city, exploring everything from sculpture parks to art galleries on some of the least desirable lots.

Creating a new space with a purpose

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Visual Arts
7:48 am
Fri November 8, 2013

A. Bitterman Enters Community Dialogue About Controversial 'Scout' Billboard

One side of A. Bitterman's two-part billboard showed the artist, standing on scaffolding and on a chair, pointing a gun at 'The Scout.'
courtesy of the artist

In late September, a billboard went up picturing a white man aiming a rifle at The Scout, the locally-famous statue of a Native American on horseback that’s in Penn Valley Park. The billboard also called out a cheery “Discover Kansas City!” in cursive font. But, it didn’t go over very well. The billboard came down about a week after it went up, and it nearly wasn’t installed at all.   

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

A New Kind Of Wash, Dry, Fold: Art In The Laundromat

The landing with seating inside the Walnut Place Laundromat.
Sean Starowitz

Over the next six months, a quiet Midtown laundromat will be transformed into the site for a series of arts events. It’s an experiment - combining different genres including film, poetry, and even culinary arts - with a focus on public-oriented artwork.

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