Young Friends of Art (YFA) is a group of Nelson-Atkins members in their 20s and 30s who are passionate about supporting the arts and culture in Kansas City. The group began 26 years ago and accounts for more than 300 members. Like many of our members, I was introduced to the organization through a friend.
In March, students from O'Riada-McCarty-Manning Academy of Irish Dance can be seen dancing all over the metropolitan community from Paola in Kansas to the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Kansas City. There are Sporting KC performances as well as dancing as part of The Elders’ 11th Annual Hoolie at the Uptown Theater on March 17.
Notes from the Road: Artist Gray Foy’s Work Finds New Life
Untimely death, lack of resources, will or exposure might contribute to an artist’s anonymity. But these were not the case for Gray Foy. I had never heard of Gray Foy until I had the good fortune to interview Steve Martin, the art-collector, banjo-player, actor and comedian, about his just-published book, An Object of Beauty.
While the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art bears the words museum and art within its title, students and guests to the Johnson County Community College need to keep their eyes open for other “pocket” installations of art. As an example, 45 large paintings can be found near the dining hall. Sixteen significant sculptures are scattered around the campus grounds.