Julius A. Karash on Business and the Arts: KCAI Sponsored Studio Provides Business with Art Services and Students with Real-World Experience

When UMB Financial Corp. wanted streetscape art to illustrate space it was providing for the School of Economics, a nonprofit that teaches children about business, it contacted the Kansas City Art Institute. “They needed a streetscape of small business storefronts and a city hall,” said Randy Williams, the art institute’s senior director of corporate programs. […]

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Ike and Mamie Tell Their Story

After a year closed to the public, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas,
has reopened with a new exhibit. The first major exhibit redesign since the 1970s offers what museum officials describe as a “new lens” through which to meet Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, appropriately titled: “Ike and Mamie tell their story.”

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Spinning Tree Offers “Caroline, or Change,” a Rich Musical with a Lot on its Mind

Kudos to Spinning Tree Theatre for staging the first Kansas City-area production of “Caroline, or Change,” a challenging, innovative musical from Tony Kushner (book and lyrics) and Jeannine Tesori (music) that places intimate human relationships against a sprawling social and political backdrop.  As usual with Spinning Tree, the production raises an obvious question: How is […]

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“Angel Otero: Diario,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

We’re all influenced by everything. As a sprawling amalgamation of experiences, epiphanies and inputs, Angel Otero’s new installation at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, “Diario,” represents humanity’s psychological landscape. The apparent chaos of the piece belies its sophistication; the sculpture’s densely layered components illustrate not only the tangible influence of its creator, who was born […]

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