Honors: Haley Kostas

The hallway is blue lit and packed. There are large blue penguin sculptures in random places. In a bottleneck between two rooms, two hands rise up in the middle of


Artist to Watch: Keenan Ramos

Keenan Ramos has chalked up a remarkable run of performances, particularly in the last year or so. He was scheduled to close out 2019 with a role in the Unicorn


Tom Toro’s Take, January/February 2020

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.

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Crystal Bridges Set to Open Momentary

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.

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Amid Controversy and Opportunity, James Martin Enters the Picture as Kansas City’s New Public Art Administrator

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 […]

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A Room of Their Own

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.

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