Arts Center operates out of the Belger Building in the
Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, MO. The building
is over 100 years old. It was purchased from Kansas City
Power & Light in 1946. Railroad tracks ran inside
the building and cable was off-loaded on a dock and moved
by freight elevator upstairs for storage.
Service was founded in 1919 by Richard Belger, a paper-ruler
in the printing trade. Mr. Belger decided to try his hand
at delivery work and purchased a truck. As part of the
purchase agreement, the salesman agreed to teach him how
to drive it. Now, 87 years later, the company has offices
in several locations around the Midwest.
Cartage Service corporate office operates on the second
floor. The Belger Arts Center has exhibition space and
offices on the third floor. The ground floor is used as
a reception area and gallery space well-suited to large
installations and monumental sculpture.
Since the first
exhibition in March of 2000 the Belger Arts Center has
staged more than forty major art exhibitions on the third
floor of the Belger Building in the Crossroads Arts District
of Kansas City, MO. The Center has displayed a wide variety
of 2D, 3D, and 4D artworks. The Center has a varied exhibition
program encompassing art and design from the John and
Maxine Belger Family Foundation as well as from generous
collectors and artists around the world.