A collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach is a program for kids with or without developmental disabilities. Drew Bolton checks in on a session.
On the sixth floor of the Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an empty office space, once occupied by AT&T, is the site of a new installation dance performance called "WE!" The audience moves in small groups through an environment created by dancers, musicians, composers, visual artists, lighting and fashion designers.
Of all the musicals written by Kansas City native John Kander and his late partner, Fred Ebb, perhaps none were more innovative than "Cabaret." Though it contained many hummable songs in the Broadway tradition, it was set in Berlin in 1931 on the cusp of the rise of the Nazi party, making the Broadway musical a safe place for risky material.
Ray Metzker has been described as a photographer's photographer, an artist's artist. Metzker's 55-year career has been one of seeing the world and translating it through the medium of photography.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – Ray Metzker has been described as a photographer's photographer, an artist's artist. Metzker's 55-year career has been one of seeing the world and translating it through the medium of photography.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jim Nunnelly is stepping down as the coordinator of the Generation Rap radio show, which airs every Saturday morning on Hot 103 Jamz--that's the urban contemporary station KPRS.
The show started in 1987, and soon after, Nunnelly took on the role of "Granddad." And for the last 12 years, he's supervised while a changing cast of high school students have taken on more and more responsibility for the show.
Two writers and a director whose resumes on both coasts include the New York Times, the Tonight Show and Seinfeld are about to unveil a new play making its world premiere this week in Kansas City, Kansas.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Recently, the Kansas City community came together to honor minister and long-time civil rights activist Reverend Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson. Since 1967, the Kansas City, Kan., native has been active in major human rights struggles for civil rights in the U.S. and abroad-- in South Africa, Nicaragua and Iran.
Lots of states are facing huge budget deficits this year, and many are considering drastic steps to address them. Kansas could be the only state, or at least the first, to completely eliminate the state agency that supports the arts.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo – Kansas could be the only state, or at least the first, to completely eliminate the state agency that supports the arts. KCUR's Laura Spencer gives us this update.
The Senate Federal and State Affairs committee has recommended rejecting Governor Sam Brownback's plan to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback has signed an executive order to replace the Arts Commission with a private, non-profit group.
By Stephen Koranda, KPR
Topeka, KS – Governor Brownback says his plan will save the state around 600 thousand dollars during a tough budget crunch. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more.
An actress many Kansas City area theatergoers know from musical theater performances has died. Karen Errington died early Tuesday, March 1, 2011, after her second bout with breast cancer.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – Karen Errington was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan where her father was a school superintendent. And, in a 2008 interview with KCUR, Errington said it was her father who cast her in her first role.
Kansas City, Mo. – Union Station today will announce a more than $1 million dollar grant from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation for long-awaited improvements at Science City.
This marks the largest investment in Science City since its opening in 1999. Burns & McDonnell Chairman, President and CEO Greg Graves says it's also the largest grant to date by the Kansas City-based engineering and architectural company's foundation.
A multimedia performance this weekend called "Angels & Demons at Play" takes its name from a song by Sun Ra, the avant-garde pianist and band leader - and combines live music with Balinese and masked dance, and electronic visual media.
The songs coming out of the protests in Egypt were made by musicians both new and revered.
By Elizabeth Blair/NPR Music
Musicians have not been silent in the movement that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Perhaps the most popular song of the Egyptian revolution is by Mohamed Mounir, a singer so revered, he's known as "The Voice of Egypt."
If you want your favorite musician to get the most out of your money, there's only one choice.
NPR Music –
Say your favorite band is putting out a new album and you've decided to buy it. You want to make sure that when you do, the band gets as much of your money as possible. Where do you shop? Best Buy? Your local record store? iTunes?
It used to be so simple. An album would come out, you'd pay a store some amount of money in exchange for it, and the band would get some of that money.
At the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in a traveling exhibition called "Pattern ID," fifteen artists from around the world express their cultural identities through pattern and dress.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – "Pattern ID" encourages viewers to consider their own "Pattern ID," that the clothes we wear, the things we surround ourselves with, are informed by our cultural heritage, and life experiences.
A behind-the-scenes effort to retain the Kansas Arts Commission is being led by a Republican lawmaker at the Statehouse.
Topeka, KS – A behind-the-scenes effort to retain the Kansas Arts Commission is being led by a Republican lawmaker at the Statehouse. State Senator Roger Reitz of Manhattan says Governor Sam Brownback's decision to privatize the Arts Commission is bad for the state and he says there is enough support to override the move.
The Kansas City Art Institute recently appointed Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., as the college's first African-American president in its 125-year history. Chanda's currently the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – A native of Detroit, Chanda talked to KCUR's Laura Spencer about returning to the United States and some of her early experiences with art.
The scars of World War II still hadn't completely healed when London's Theatre Workshop began to develop its musical "Oh What a Lovely War" in the late 1950s. Perhaps that's why the troupe instead chose to explore World War I and, though the show was a hit that transferred to Broadway, it's not produced that often in the United States.