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Weaving as Metaphor, Liminal Spaces, and Other Interdisciplinary Interconnections

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Victoria Marcetti (they/them), also known as Lïmen Creative, is a Queer and neurodiverse interdisciplinary artist and youth development worker living, working, and creating on the land of the Council of the Three Fires, or so-called Kalamazoo, Michigan. Approaching creativity and art-making as a vehicle for processing knowledge and as a therapeutic modality, Victoria explores and…

KNAS Hands On Event

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Thinking of taking a class at the KIA? Want to make, take, and experience a range of creative projects all in the same night? Join us on Friday, March 8, from 6 to 9pm for Hands On, a fun, fast-paced art making evening! Bring friends and create a ceramic cup or raku fired vessel, hand…

Art Detectives: Courage Hats

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

People wear hats for all sorts of reasons. This month, Art Detectives will explore the galleries to see how artists depict hats and create one of their own.

Women Activists in Comics: Creating Change through Image and Text

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Activism is a burgeoning subject in graphic novels, with many social movements across the globe inspiring comics renditions in fiction, non-fiction, and fantasy. This talk will delve into the reasons that comics is a powerful medium for depicting and discussing activism and the many women who are using it to call attention to human rights…

Mideast/Midwest: A Brief Introduction to Middle Eastern Music, and Middle Eastern Music in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

During this ARTbreak, presented in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Beau Bothwell will offer an overview of Middle Eastern music and a glimpse into the performance of Middle Eastern music in Kalamazoo. Bothwell is Associate Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, where he teaches courses in ethnomusicology, music theory, and music history. He…

Book Discussion: Yellowface

by R.F. Kuang June Hayward has known Athena Liu since their Yale days. While both June and Athena are writers, Athena is a rising star while June’s books aren’t being published.  When June witnesses Athena die in a freak accident, she impulsively steals Athena’s unfinished manuscript. Rebranded as vaguely ethnic author Juniper Song, June experiences…

American Art between the World Wars: Race and the Realist Impulse

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

During this Artful Evening, presented in conjunction with the exhibition American Realism: Visions of America, 1900-1950, Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham offers an analysis of race and representation in the Realist art of the 1920s and 30s. Higginbotham's research examines 20th-century American art, and how notions of “the city” have had an impact on representation. She has lectured extensively…

Kirk Newman Art School Residents

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its seventh year, and more than 50 artists have completed the program.The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA…

High School Area Show Opening

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Free Admission to the KIA on March 30! Click here for more information.

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Humor in Art

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Humor has many beneficial effects. It is clinically proven to have a powerful impact on physical, emotional, and social well-being. Understanding the humor of a given culture can also help to define its values and beliefs. The advent of readily accessible — and inexpensive — printing techniques facilitated the widespread expression of humor in the…

Pajama Party with Emmy Kastner!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

It’s time for a pajama party! Beloved local children’s book author Emmy Kastner has a brand new book to celebrate with you! Join Emmy as she reads While You’re Asleep and be guided in a drawing activity. Munch on treats from the milk and cookie bar, create an animal mask, and explore the galleries. Your…