The Job: Christy Elsner

“If you’re not sweating you’re not working.” That sounds like something a spin class instructor might say, but it’s a popular phrase from Christy Elsner, founder and artistic director of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, a community-based children’s choir. However, laughter and enthusiasm were the two defining takeaways after talking with Elsner. “It’s always an adventure,” she said.

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ARTcap Microloans Help Artists Pursue Their Dreams

When fine art photographer John Lamberton put on his “Extrasensory” exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center last year, a publicity release said he “fires a warning shot challenging the status quo.” At the same time, Lamberton challenged the status quo of how entrepreneurial artists obtain money. He took out a $7,000 loan from ARTcap, a […]

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Music Matters

KC’s Kid-Centric Entertainers Offer More Than Catchy Tunes As a teen Lisa Henry sang with local jazz bands. She won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. She’s performed with heavy hitters like Herbie Hancock. On this particular Friday, though, she’s facing not jazz aficionados but a sea of children, a hundred plus, ranging in […]

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Marilyn Carbonell: No Ordinary Librarian

Marilyn Carbonell, the popular and personable head of Library Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Spencer Art Reference Library, is leaving the post she began in 2006 to enjoy a well-earned retirement. It’s a milestone for the museum: “Marilyn significantly expanded the role of the Spencer Art Reference Library regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Carbonell’s supervisor, Anne Manning, director of Education and Interpretive Programs.

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Honors: Laurel Gagnon

Laurel Gagnon attracted local and international attention when she placed fourth in the Singapore International Violin Competition in January. “It was a high-pressure situation and also my first big competition, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” she said. “I didn’t really put a lot of pressure on myself, because it was the first time…”

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Artist to Watch: Juniper Tangpuz

For the past decade, Juniper Tangpuz has been redefining indoor and outdoor spaces around the world with his dynamic, imaginative sculptures. Extracting spirit and vibrancy from two unassuming materials — corrugated plastic and cable ties — Tangpuz constructs larger-than-life characters inspired by a deep well of childhood experiences and a life dedicated to creative exploration.

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