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Hands-On Event at the Kirk Newman Art School

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

The biennial Hands-On Event is returning to the KIA!   The Kirk Newman Art School will feature hands-on projects in every classroom on March 4, 5-8pm. To reintroduce the Kirk Newman Art School to the community, we will feature hands-on projects in every classroom. This event is for all skill levels: current students interested in trying…

Art Detectives: The Dot

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

Let creativity swirl around you! Join the Art Detectives as we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and look at the vibrant art of Linling Liu: Musical Meditations. At this extra special Art Detectives, we'll be joined by Marisa Bianan from Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers and she will lead you through a dotty, swirling,…

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…

Book Discussion: The Best We Could Do

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

By Thi Bui Discussion Leader: TBA From the publisher: The Best We Could Do is a 2017 illustrated memoir written by Thi Bui. It chronicles Thi Bui's parents' life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees. From…

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 Richard. 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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…