Top Things To Do in 2024

Seize the golden opportunity to enrich your life this year with our Top Things To Do In 2024. Enjoy cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions, trailblazing talks from renowned speakers, international travel tours hosted by local musicians and more. Don’t miss out on these exciting cultural arts activities!

Fun for the whole family at the Nerman Museum

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art has earned its place in the vanguard of contemporary art through its cutting-edge art exhibitions and permanent collection. It also offers a variety of events, including youth classes, visiting artist talks and receptions, workshops for all ages and more, open to the JCCC campus community, greater Kansas City area residents, and visitors.

New and Inspiring for 2024: Trailblazing Talks

Experience a lineup of renowned speakers whose work reveals fascinating insights about our planet. Journey through war zones, refugee camps and hostile territories. Go behind the lens of the Majors for a fresh perspective of America’s favorite pastime. Discover the practices people share to live long, healthy lives beyond 100 and learn about protecting our ocean, one “Hope Spot” at a time. Trailblazing Talks presentations run through May at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Musical Adventures for the Culturally Curious with Ensemble Iberica

Embark on an extraordinary musical journey as Ensemble Iberica hosts two unforgettable Destination Concerts. Join artistic director Beau Bledsoe and Turkish cellist Ezgi Karakus on a unique exploration of Türkiye’s rich cultural tapestry, October 6 – 13. Or take a cultural voyage with our Bolivian hosts, Gian-Carla Tisera and Amado Espinoza, showcasing their rich heritage from Cochabamba, November 13 – 21. Reserve your spot today!

Lawrence Art Guild’s Spring Member Show Opening April 12

The Lawrence Art Guild’s Spring All Members Show opens Friday, April 12 at Landmark National Bank and will remain on view through June 28. The exhibition highlights and recognizes a wide range of talented LAG members, bringing together a dynamic and diverse cross-section of artists across a range of mediums. The Members’ Show is held twice a year, with a Spring Show at rotating locations in Lawrence and a Fall Show at Cider Gallery.

Exciting Delta Triennial exhibit opens June 28 in Little Rock

For more than 60 years, the Delta exhibition at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (AMFA) in Little Rock has elevated and amplified the work of contemporary artists across the Mid-South. This year, the Delta returns to the Museum in its new format: the Delta Triennial. Plan a trip to experience this exciting exhibition while it’s on view from June 28 through August 25. Featured artists will be announced this spring!

Step Afrika! brings complex percussive symphony bringing audiences to their feet!

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Theater this Spring with Whim Productions!

This March, Whim Productions presents Jane Chambers’ classic lesbian play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove! Join us at the Cove as seven queer women find their summer tranquility disrupted when a naive straight woman unexpectedly rents a cabin at their beach colony. Bluefish Cove runs March 1-17. And in April, don’t miss Alphabet Soup: Theater from Queer Voices, featuring seven original short plays written by members of KC’s LGBTQ+ community! Presented April 12-21.