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ArtBreak: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories

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

Originally published in 1893 and 1901, Simon Pokagon’s birch bark stories were printed on thinly peeled and elegantly bound birch bark. In Dr. Blaire Morseau’s 2023 book, As Sacred to Us: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories in Their Contexts, these rare booklets are reprinted with new essays that set the stories in cultural, linguistic, historical,…

Juneteenth Community Day

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

Join the KIA as we remember Juneteenth, which is a holiday that commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Free general admission on June 15, 2024.  11:00 am to 5:00 pm: Explore the Museum Use a gallery guide to learn more about African American artists in the KIA’s collection. 11:15 am: Art Detectives…

Art Detectives: Tar Beach

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

by Faith Ringgold As Art Detectives and their caregivers commemorate Juneteenth at the KIA, join us at 11:15am for a reading of Tar Beach by multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and activist Faith Ringgold. No registration needed.

ArtBreak: West Michigan Area Show Artist Highlight

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

Join us for an artist’s talk and live demonstration with Jeffrey Bohl, whose sculpture Ellie is featured in the 2024 West Michigan Area Show! Bohl has been creating bronze sculptures for over 16 years, exhibiting along the way in numerous regional competitions and in several individual shows. He pours most of his bronzes in his own…

Book Discussion: Poet Warrior

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

by Joy Harjo Joy Harjo, the first native american to be named the United States Poet Laureate, chronicles a sweeping view of ancestry, storytelling, and memory told through her signature lyrical poetry and prose. Harjo cites the teachers that forced her to fight battles throughout her life and surrounds them with compassion and understanding, sometimes…

ArtBreak: The Anniversary Show: Exploring Works from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection

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

Learn more about works featured in The Anniversary Show: Promised Gifts from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection with Dr. Mary-Louise Totton. This exhibition delves into the artistic heritage of China and Japan by exploring a variety of media, including ink paintings, calligraphy, and woodblock prints. Presented in collaboration with prominent local collectors Joy and…

ArtBridges Access for All

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

As part of the KIA's mission to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan, we are proud to be working with Art Bridges Foundation to increase access to museums and foster engagement with local audiences. Enjoy free general admission at the KIA every fourth Thursday of the month, featuring extended…

ArtBreak: West Michigan Area Show Artist Highlight

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

During this ArtBreak, meet local artists Vicki Nelson and Michael Pfleghaar, whose paintings are featured in the 2024 West Michigan Area Show! Vicki Nelson’s painting The Howards was selected for this year’s Art League Award. As an artist, Nelson is interested in how humans interact with their environments. In her work, she seeks to examine…

Art Detectives: While You’re Asleep

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

by Emmy Kastner Join us at 10:30am to kick off KIA Centennial Community Day with a special Art Detectives! Beloved local children’s book author Emmy Kastner will read her new book and guide participants in a drawing activity. Attendees will also create an animal mask and self-explore the galleries. Registration not needed.

KIA Centennial Community Day

The KIA turns 100 years old on July 2! Join us as we continue to celebrate the KIA’s centennial year. Free general admission on July 13, 2024. 11:00 am to 5:00pm: Explore the Museum Learn more about the KIA’s art collection with a self-guided gallery guide.  10:30 to 11:30 am: Art Detectives Read-aloud of While…

Silent Book Club

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

Join us for quiet reading time in the galleries. We will provide seating and space to kick back and read a book. Bring your own book or check something out from the Meader Fine Arts Library!

Book Discussion: Self-Portrait with Nothing

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

by Aimee Pokwatka Pepper Rafferty has a very straightforward life. She’s a forensic anthropologist, who is married to her historian husband, Ike and helps out at her moms’ veterinary clinic. Her daily life has a routine. When Pepper discovers she is connected to the famous reclusive artist Ula Frost whose paintings are rumored to transport…