New public art display program approved for Sylvester Powell Community Center

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The Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission will host a new focus on public art when the city joins the ArtsKC program that will display pieces for metro-area artists on a rotating basis.

The ArtsKC “Now Showing” program lets artists display their work on a rotating basis at businesses around the metro. The art is all for sale.

“Another reason to visit the (community) center,” said Emily Randel of the city staff. “It is a great way to support the artist,” she said, and bring something exciting and changing to the center.

The city council unanimously approved the plan Wednesday that will bring a 12 to 15 pieces from a new artist to the community center each quarter. The city will pay $1,500 for an annual membership to the program. The city can choose which artist’s work to display for the quarter and might appoint a committee to make those selections.

The program is expected to bring more foot traffic to the community center as ArtsKC and the individual artists promote the displays.

The Redwood Group and ScriptPro are two Mission businesses that participate in the program along with 50 other businesses in the metro.

Sales of art pieces are negotiated between the artist and the buyer.