When I first arrived in Kansas City in 2010 to be the new Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, I wanted to understand the community and the history of the museum. I asked both staff and community members what they most wanted to see, and Picasso […]
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is passionate about providing opportunities for youth and underserved community members to experience high-quality performing arts through the Open Doors program. This program’s three components are aimed at connecting youth, families and adults from throughout the metropolitan area to educational programs and performances at the Kauffman Center. The […]
Libraries’ ‘Big Read’ Collaboration Spotlights the Vietnam War Fifty years ago, amid rising anger and unrest, America was grinding through its long, painful and ultimately unwinnable war in Vietnam. Nightly newscasts took grim account of the dead and missing. Nearly half the country considered it “a mistake.” Weary and dispirited, Lyndon Johnson would announce within […]
In her Brookside studio, Debbie Barrett-Jones works the pedals of her floor loom. The rhythmic click, click creates a transfixing, meditative sound as she gets into the zone, weaving her latest scarf. Slowly, a beautiful zig-zag pattern of brown and blue begins to take shape. Scarves are Barrett-Jones’ (’03 Fiber) sketchbook. She uses them to […]
Like crisp apples and crisp autumn weather, the Harriman-Jewell Series is an essential part of the fall season. This year, the Series is warming up chilly nights with a wide variety of performances, ranging from Stars of American Ballet to violinist Joshua Bell. On November 7, The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra will bring its lush sound to Helzberg Hall with a program of chamber orchestra favorites.
According to William Shatner, to live in his world, “you must be a forgiving soul and a trained athlete.” Forgiving because in giving and receiving preposterous comments, you can’t take things too seriously. A trained athlete because you must have stamina to always look forward, go forward and keep moving forward. Genuinely talented, Shatner’s World […]