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ARTbreak: Local Sustainability

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

Have you wanted to learn more about how you can lessen your environmental impact? Chris Dilley and Ben Brown from Kalamazoo’s People's Food Co-op have some tips for everyday ways to tread more lightly on the planet. Topics will range from transportation and homemaking to, of course, food! This ARTbreak is in connection with Ginny…

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Book Discussion

Virtual Event

The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk about It  by: Alice Procter If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again. Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries?…

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Transforming Art with Digital Technology

Virtual Event

Ginny Ruffner is pursuing the challenge of making a new beauty through the process of personal reflection and asking questions. She will show her pursuit of this challenge through projects where digital technology helped enable both beauty and reflective thought. In this unforgettable virtual experience, Ruffner will show some of her projects explaining both the…

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ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

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

“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…

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

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

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…

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ARTbreak: Chinese Decorated Letter Papers

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

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.…

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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…

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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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Kalamazoo Art League: Philip Allen – The Work of Jon Imber

Virtual Event

Jon Imber (1950-2014) was an American artist who experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all of his life, from figurative painting to landscapes and abstraction. Join Jill Hoy, his wife, as she introduces us to Jon's passion for art-making and its ability to create transformative experiences - his lasting legacy. The last two…

Drinking from the River of Light

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

“Meaningful art, enduring art, and the transformative process it awakens keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo, a poet and philosopher who is nationally recognized and a local presence. Nepo will read from his book Drinking from the River of Light, which invites you to explore how art and authentic expression can help us explore our…

Kalamazoo Art League: Artist as Curator-Taking Your Show on the Road

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

Known for her curation of thought-provoking traveling exhibitions, Reni Gower will take us behind the scenes and show us how she brings exhibitions to life. Gower is a visual artist, curator, and educator, whose award-winning work in painting and multimedia has been represented in many prestigious collections both nationally and internationally.   Supported by the…

Kalamazoo Art League: Black Ash Basketry, Past and Present

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

Kelly Church's nationally recognized role as an Ottawa and Pottawatomi Culture Bearer involves much more than her exquisite artistry. According to the artist, her work as a black ash basket maker connects ancient tradition with "issues that affect us all ... especially those who come after us if we do not act today." RSVP to…