Susan Schmelzer on Arts Policy: Scoring the House

U.S. Rep. Cleaver earns an A for the Arts. During this interminable campaign season, one longs to hear specific commitments on what candidates will do once elected. Congress works for us — that’s the way it’s supposed to be — but the job interview process falls down through raucous debates and vaudevillian-like rallies. With incumbents, […]

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Honors: Jay Carter

The Kansas City countertenor enjoys critical acclaim and prestigious gigs. When charged with voicing angels, kings and gods, call countertenor Jay Carter. The Liberty, Mo.-based singer is an artist in demand. In April he performed with Ars Lyrica Houston; on May 15 he joins the Bach Society of St. Louis for a performance of Bach’s […]

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Artist to Watch: Leo Gayden

The Kansas City dancer discovered breakdancing a decade ago and is now putting his own stamp on it. In recent months we have basked in the triumph of Misty Copeland, 33, the Kansas City native who in 2015 became the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. In April of last […]

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