Last Glance: Shenequa Brooks

In August 2014 Kansas City artist Shenequa Brooks travelled to the village of Anloga, in Ghana, West Africa, where she went to learn the art of “kete” weaving on the African traditional loom. The trip was made possible by a 2014 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft Creativity & Design in Asheville, North Carolina. […]

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Artist to Watch: Michelle Johnson

A Kansas City playwright who came late to the game is getting national exposure. How do you become a hot new playwright?  If you’re Michelle T. Johnson,  you start as a reporter, covering beats for the Philadelphia Daily News, Louisville Courier-Journal and the Austin American-Statesman. Then you go to law school, pass the bar, and […]

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The Star Behind the Scenes

From Macbeth to The Little Mermaid, Vincent Scassellati has designed costumes for countless productions, and he’s been doing it for 50 years. English literature isn’t a usual road into costume design. And you might think that a man who has devoted his entire adult life to creating costumes would have played tons of dress-up as […]

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Letter from the Editor, July/August 2015

It’s not all fitness at UMKC’s Swinney Recreation Center. Weekdays, between 6 and 8 a.m., the gym is also a Culture Club, where artists and patrons cap off their workouts with spirited locker-room discussions about exhibits and performances. The morning regulars include Vincent Scassellati, whose creative efforts as a designer for the Kansas City Costume […]

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