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Honors: Karen Brown

“What have you learned today?” That’s how esteemed ballerina Karen Brown, now assistant professor of dance at UMKC Conservatory, ends her classes. She not only teaches technique, she teaches empowerment

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Black Opera Meets Its Moment

For many, “Porgy and Bess” is the American opera. It’s also the most prominent (and controversial) example of Black opera. Despite featuring an all-Black cast, the creative team, George and

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Revelations in a Suitcase

Most people are familiar with the work of photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Think of the famous image of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square, New York City, at the

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Honors: Karen Brown

“What have you learned today?” That’s how esteemed ballerina Karen Brown, now assistant professor of dance at UMKC Conservatory, ends her classes. She not only teaches technique, she teaches empowerment — training dancers to assess their progress internally, to extend their awareness of their bodies and to take control of their progress and careers.

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Editor’s Letter, March/April 2021

After 30 years as executive director and chief curator of the JCCC Gallery of Art and then The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Bruce Hartman retired Dec. 31, 2020. (See Arts in Brief, p.18, Mar/Apr 2021 issue.) His departure from the post marks a watershed moment for the museum and the community. Hartman’s tenure at […]

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Revelations in a Suitcase

Most people are familiar with the work of photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Think of the famous image of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square, New York City, at the end of World War II. Eisenstaedt was one of the first photographers hired in 1936 by the newly formed “Life” magazine, where he worked for the next 50-plus years; his photographs graced the cover a staggering 92 times.

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