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ARTbreak: Africa, Imagined with Chief Curator Rehema Barber

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

Join Chief Curator, Rehema Barber, for an informative and lively presentation about the artists and works featured in Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art. Exploring three key themes (escapism, social inquiry, and cultural reclamation), Africa, Imagined reveals how the arts of Africa are woven into modernism and extend deeply into contemporary art practice…

ARTbreak: Hidden Women of Color with Jerome and Delma Washington

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

Jerome and Delma Washington are the minds behind the art project Hidden Women of Color. This project is a series of portraits of African American women who lived between 1744-1996 who deserve to be seen for their achievements. These women, who include artist Edmonia Lewis and explorer Merze Tate, stepped out of their assigned roles…

ARTbreak: The Dance of Social Justice

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

Helanius Wilkins has devoted himself to using the lenses of Black masculinity and cutting-edge choreography to rethink race, class, identity, human diversity and tragic turns of inhumanity…”— Clarence E. Page, Pulitzer Prize Journalist, Chicago Tribune. Helanius Wilkins, an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, innovator, and educator based in Boulder, Colorado, will present a lecture-demonstration titled “The…

ARTbreak: Centering Diverse and Authentic Cultural Voices in a Museum Gallery

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

Museums are colonial institutions that traditionally prioritized academic knowledge and devalued traditional knowledge and lived experience. They have historically marginalized communities by hoarding their cultural objects while holding themselves up as the arbiters of cultural greatness.  Current calls to action to address internal structures of racism in museums have inspired an uptick in hiring BIPOC staff for senior leadership positions, exhibiting…

ARTbreak: Handmade Bone Folder Tools with Rachel Stickney

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

Have you ever wondered about the tools you use to make art? Who made them? How were they made? Are they real or synthetic materials? Could you perhaps make one yourself? These are the questions Rachel Stickney will answer as she discusses her recent trip to the Penland School of Craft in Bakersville, North Carolina. Rachel Stickney is…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 1

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. 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 guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 2

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. 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 guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 3

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. 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 guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…