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Postponed: A Woman’s Voice: Then and Now?

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

Join us for an insightful evening discussion with Chief Curator Rehema Barber and three exceptional professors from Western Michigan University, Dr. Mariam Konaté, Professor Monique Haley, and Dr. Jennifer Richardson. A Woman’s Voice: Then and Now? will discuss the roles of women within the African diaspora as it relates to each participant's individual discipline and…

$5

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…

2022 High School Area Show Virtual Awards Ceremony

Virtual Event via Zoom

The High School Area Show highlights young artists from our local education systems. High school students residing in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties were welcome to participate with this year's juror 2021 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year Le Tran. Celebrate their creativity with us! Hear from…

Art Detectives: Opposites Abstract

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

Arty Mouse is learning about abstract art with a new book by beloved children's author Mo Willems. Join us as we ask questions while reading the book and then use our detecting skills to find abstract work in the galleries. We'll be inspired by the artwork we see to create our own masterpiece.   Reserve…

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…

Book Discussion: Concentric Circles

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

By Yang Lian Discussion Leader: TBA From the publisher: Before and since his enforced exile, Yang Lian has been one of the most innovative and influential poets in China. Widely hailed in America and Europe as a highly individual voice in world literature, he has been translated into many languages. Yang Lian has written that…

UnReeled – Wellspring Through the Years

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

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers have been bringing dance to Kalamazoo and beyond for over 40 years. To honor the 40th anniversary season, which began in 2020, a series of documentary films were created exploring iconic works from the Wellspring repertory through the eyes of current company member and filmmaker, Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers. Featuring in-depth interviews…

$5

The Future Starts With You Symposium (College Students)

Virtual Event

Are you a student interested in working in museums? The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) has partnered to host a one-day virtual symposium aimed to assist university students who may be seeking careers in arts institutions. During this unique event from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,…

Free

Unveiling American Genius Symposium

Virtual Event

Learn more about the day's activities at kiarts.org/unveiling-american-genius-symposium/ 11:30-12:00pm: Welcome and Setting the Stage for the Day 12:00-1:00pm: A Woman's Voice: Then and Now? 1:15-2:00pm: The Resonance Music Project: Connecting Music and Art in Unveiling American Genius 2:15-3:30pm: Panel: The Future of American Art   Tickets are only $10 to virtually attend the symposium.  Reserve…

$10

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…

Gilmore Festival Fellows Lecture

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

The Long Road Home: A Pianist’s American Journey  Lara Downes guides us through her professional trajectory as a classical American pianist. Learn how she defines her career, chooses her repertoire, and keeps her work mission-focused. Ms Downes is a trailblazing performer, Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, and sought-after producer, curator, activist, and arts advocate. She is…