The Charlotte Street Foundation recently announced this year’s recipients of what are possibly this city’s biggest awards for the visual and performing arts. The winners of the 2017 Charlotte Street Awards are Karen McCoy, Stephen Proski and Samara Umbral in the visual arts category and Amado Espinoza and Cat Mahari in the performing arts category. […]
What to do when you’re tied up in Kansas City and you desperately want to bid on a piece in a Paris auction? Last winter, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art director/CEO Julian Zugazagoitia went through the cliff-hanger experience of bidding by phone in Sotheby’s December 14 Paris auction of African and Oceanic art. He hoped to […]
Writing a column on public policy for a bi-monthly publication has its challenges. In today’s reality, one can’t wake up in the morning without a surprise, and simple conclusions can become obsolete overnight. At this writing, Donald Trump is the president, and he has submitted a budget which completely eliminates the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities and defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
I was heartened in February when the ever-feisty Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre undertook a drama that by rights should have been staged in Kansas City years ago — August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.” “Gem” was the second-to-last play Wilson wrote in his historic 10-drama cycle depicting African-American life in each decade of the 20th century.
The 1940s in America were a time of unrest, with the atrocities of World War II, the terror of the atom bomb, and the rising threat of Communism. It’s also the decade that gave us “Bambi,” bobby soxers, and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” From this era, Devon Carney, artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, […]
Ceramic artist Emily Connell began experimenting with incorporating books into her clay works six years ago while a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. The month of May brings two opportunities to see her experiments with the form: She will have 15 pieces in “Bridges and Gaps: The Annual Red Star Resident Exhibition” at […]