Founded in 1985 by Jim Leedy, with the vision of initiating a permanent and thriving art community in Kansas City; the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center’s mission is to profile world class artwork by Kansas City’s creative community of painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, designers, printmakers, craftsmen and more. For the past 30 years, we’ve continued the founder’s legacy of sharing professional resources with developing artists to help leverage their exposure during monthly First Friday openings. We exhibit compelling shows of international, national, and regional artist, but our main focus is to provide a venue to support students and local artists in order to retain Kansas City’s talented creatives.
On the first Friday of every month, the majority of galleries and retailers open their doors free of charge to the public to debut new exhibitions or showcase new products. This “block party” draws thousands of visitors through the area in one evening. In the warmer months, gallery-goers can be dazzled by street performers, dine from a food truck, and enjoy live music in the streets. We’re open from 6pm-9pm every First FRiday of every month throught the year. Come join the fun and support local artists!