Striving to share our love of art with the community, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts regularly organizes a number of exciting events. Whether you’re interested in joining one of our art classes, you’d like to explore the world of portrait photography, or any number of other topics, be sure to view our calendar below to learn about the events that we have planned.

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ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

“What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?” These three questions form the backbone of Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking practice that provides a foundation for lifelong learning and communication skills. Guests will actively participate in an unique and exciting ARTbreak…

Free

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Chinese Art at the Crow Museum of Asian Art

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Inaugural Joy Light Annual Lecture in East Asian Art featuring Dr. Jacqueline Chao   Originating in China, "rock paper scissors" is a hand game used to fairly settle disputes or make decisions. Referencing the game of “rock paper scissors” as a playful metaphor,  Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Museum…

Free

ARTbreak: Chinese Decorated Letter Papers

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Yifan Li is a Ph.D. student specializing in modern Chinese art and visual culture at The Ohio State University. Li’s current research centers on materiality and transnationality, the artistic exchange between China and the U.S., and art and politics in Mao-era China. His lecture will examine an early twentieth-century collection of Chinese decorated letter papers.…

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Parable of the Sower (Novel and/or Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler From the publisher -  When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren…

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