It was an expectant moment when Spencer Lott first slid his hand into an old puppet once used by Fred Rogers on the beloved children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” A moment later, he was filled with an all-encompassing sense of wonder. The accomplished “Sesame Street” puppeteer and former Kansas City area resident had been […]
Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times,” “Harvard Business Review” and “Audubon,” among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Marissa Wolf, artistic director of Portland Center Stage at the Armory.
Lieven Bertels, a Belgian arts professional with global experience, made his first visit to Bentonville two and a half years ago. He had worked in the U.K. and the Netherlands and most recently directed an arts festival in Sydney, Australia. Now here he was, a little apprehensive but interviewing for a job in a place of which he’d had no clue.
In November, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced the acquisition of a rare daguerreotype. The Hall Family Foundation purchased the work for the museum, and it is believed to be the earliest known photograph depicting African American slaves with cotton. According to a release from the museum, “the photograph was likely taken some time during […]
James Martin, Kansas City’s new public art administrator, has accepted a big challenge amid high expectations. Martin was hired in October for the position that had been vacant since April 2018. He came onboard as controversy raged over the city’s One Percent for Art program and its application to the $1.5 billion Kansas City International […]
For three local arts organizations, the new year also means a new address — 2300 Independence Avenue in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast Neighborhood. It’s no coincidence. The African American Artists Collective, Kansas City Public Theatre and Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography have all been awarded Charlotte Street Start Up Residencies on the ground floor of the new Pendleton ArtsBlock.