The Job: Mike Horner

Since Mike Horner became artistic director of Mesner Puppet Theatre in 2016, he’s tried to build on the successful tradition of the company’s founder and former artistic director, Paul Mesner.


Battling Stereotypes in a Divided America

If you’re from rural America it can be easy to lose yourself in the city. But when rural Kansas-raised filmmaker Emily Railsback came to Kansas City, she found something. Earlier this year, Railsback released “Our Blood is Wine,” a documentary about ancient wine-making in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

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Arts News: Musical Opinion Straight from the Source

“Performing Music History: Musicians Speak First-Hand about Music History and Performance” is an instructive assemblage of musical opinion straight from the source. Compiled from decades of interviews, this collection of 55 in-person conversations is a wide-ranging display of examination and expertise from some of the leading music-makers of the day. Editor John C. Tibbets conducted […]

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Arts News: New Alliance Promotes KC Theater

Kansas City is a healthy arts town where professional and community theaters thrive. And while formal co-productions between theater companies have gone on for years, there has never been a formal theater association — until now. Theatre Alliance Kansas City was announced in November by leaders of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City […]

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Arts News: A ‘Safe Space’ for Artists of Color

In the wake of the 2016 election, many were shaken and uncertain of what to do next. Encouraged by then Charlotte Street Foundation curator in residence Lynnette Miranda, a group of young artists formed the Artists of Color Alliance, an organization for non-white artists in Kansas City to come together, share thoughts and organize. Initially, […]

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