Gallery: Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

Home to Moshe Sofdie’s stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the luminous Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kansas City Art Institute, and 661 arts and entertainment businesses employing more than 13,000, Kansas City undoubtedly has a vibrant arts and culture scene. The “jazz and BBQ capital of the world” just wrapped up its 3rd annual Kansas City Design Week – seven packed days of events and presentations celebrating the many facets of the visual arts, including architecture, urban design, and graphic design. The Kansas City Area Development Council generously invited Inhabitat to check out this year's events - read on for our on-scene coverage!

The kick-off event was a Cu t& Paste battle – a fast-paced design competition that tests the skill, speed and stage presence of contestants as they create original designs in timed rounds. Since 2009, Cut & Paste has become a global movement of artists, firms, and media working to strengthen creative networks through events and local support. Their mission is to “help designers be better understood for better opportunity.”

Some of Kansas City’s best artists, architects, and designers competed to impress a panel of judges as they demonstrated mastery in their respective fields. Audience members watched the creative process in real time via large-scale projections, while a local DJ provided the beats. Kansas City’s Cut&Paste 2D and 3D champions were Garrett Fuselier of T2 + Back Alley Films and Chad McClure of Burly Studios.

Hatch Show Print is an American institution for preserving a nearly extinct art form – the letterpress. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hatch Show Print was started in 1879 by the Hatch Brothers who created advertising posters to promote vaudeville, circus, and minstrel shows across the country.


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