Calling all creative types: TEDxKC is looking for artists to dream up experiential, visual or performance pieces for its Aug. 19 event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
According to TEDxKC organizers, the challenge is open-ended, but artists are encouraged to aim for ideas that are “engaging, unexpected and provocative.”
Have an idea? Submissions will be collected at tedxkc.org through July 15. Up to three winners will be chosen on July 19 by a panel that includes Ink interim editor Sarah Gish.
Selected artists will each receive $1,000 to offset the cost of materials and expenses, plus the opportunity to show their work to 3,000 TEDxKC participants in the Kauffman Center’s lobby on Aug. 19. Each artist will also receive two tickets to the event’s live simulcast at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
This is the second year for the TEDxKC Artistic/Experiential Program and the eighth for TEDxKC, an independently organized evening of presentations that brings the international spirit of TED Conferences — Technology, Entertainment and Design — to Kansas City.
The selected artists in last year’s Artistic/Experiential Program, which is presented by Polsinelli law firm, were Austin Strassle, John Malta and StoneLion Puppet Theatre.
Strassle explored the topic of gun violence in the United States with a sculpture made of 32,514 bullet casings, each representing a recent gun-inflicted death. Malta performed a live illustration called “If I could …,” and StoneLion Puppet Theatre installed illuminated puppets such as a monarch butterfly on the Kauffman Center’s lawn.
The theme of this year’s TEDxKC event is “Question Everything.” Speakers include a relationship expert, a molecular biologist, an activist fighting rape on campuses and a New York Times best-selling author.
Tickets to the live event and simulcast sold out quickly after they went on sale last week, but $10 tickets to local watch parties are still available at tedxkc.org.