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Editor’s Letter, January/February 2018

Welcome, Dan Cameron! The Kansas City art scene has a new part-time resident, an internationally renowned curator whose stay here will culminate in what aims to be an extraordinary city-wide arts showcase, “Open Spaces,” from August 25 to October 28, 2018. As detailed in our story by Julius Karash, page 62, the two-month event, centered […]

Editor’s Letter, November/December 2017

Happy 10th anniversary to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Bloch Building, internationally lauded as an architectural marvel, but for Kansas Citians, representing so much more. Just as the Nelson “Shuttlecocks” endured much pushback, ridicule and critique at the outset, the Bloch Building encountered strident resistance when the plans were first unveiled. And just like the […]

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Editor’s Letter, September/October 2017

The culture scene is jumping in Kansas City this fall, as reflected in this issue’s previews and reviews of what’s up in classical music, theater, the visual arts and more. The season also marks an important literary event: the publication of veteran KC writer and editor Steve Paul’s “Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That […]

Editor’s Letter, July/August 2017

The Kansas City art world suffered a big loss this spring with the passing of Tom Deatherage, longtime owner of The Late Show gallery, which he founded in Hyde Park and later moved to the East Crossroads. Like its owner, The Late Show was a quirky, wonderful space, which specialized in emerging artists, but also […]

Editor’s Letter, May/June 2017

Against the backdrop of police violence toward black men and a surge in racist sentiments, many of the nation’s cultural institutions are making a concerted effort to put black creative expression front and center. The trend is apparent in Kansas City, where exhibits such as the Kemper Museum’s “Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy” […]

Editor’s Letter, March/April 2017

The best way to ensure the future of a healthy arts scene is to invest in artists. Over the past 20 years Kansas City has radically expanded its support for area artists in the form of grants and residencies. The Charlotte Street Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has been an undisputed leader […]

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