The Kansas City Artists Coalition was created to change the lives of artists living in Kansas City, Missouri.
On March 5, 1975 a large group of artists gathered in the studio of local artists Philomene Bennett and Lou Marak to address “How the Artist Can Benefit from Centralization.” Overwhelmingly the group felt a self-initiated organization was the only alternative to isolation, elitism, apathy, and ignorance. The ultimate result of that meeting was the incorporation of the Kansas City Artist Coalition in August 1976.
The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC or Artists Coalition) is an artist-centered, artist-run alternative space that presents a variety of exhibitions of contemporary artists’ work in its Mallin Gallery, Jacqueline B. Charno Gallery, and the Underground.
The Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment to work and engage with the Kansas City community. The mission of the Residency is to bring artists from around the world together in order to work, build friendships, and improve intercultural understanding.