Alcott plans Second Saturday art event

The Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will sponsor its Second Saturday art event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Bishop Ward High School students will display art exhibits in the Mashburn and Harrison galleries at the Alcott Arts Center, said Chris Green, Alcott executive director.

The theme of the show is “Breaking Traditions,” and it will join science, visual and performing arts.

Besides art and photography exhibits, there will be Day of the Dead altars created by the Honors Spanish 3 students at the high school, she said.

A Ceramics 1 class at Bishop Ward made animals and animal totems that will be on display.

Even the microbiology and honors biology classes contributed works of what cells look like under the microscope.

“They also did a painting, where they had to calculate the viscosity of the paint before they poured it out,” Green said. She added she was impressed with the controlled pour painting.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. for the student artists, she added. The event is open to the public.

During the event, the Bishop Ward pep band will be performing outdoors, weather-permitting, she said. A solo monologue also is planned.

Green said the Alcott Arts Center also is preparing for its annual Halloween event at the Alcott from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The theme this year is the “Wizard of Oz.”

The Alcott parking lot on Oct. 31 will be decorated with scenes from the “Wizard of Oz,” she said, and volunteers will be in costume there. Visitors will walk through the gates, follow a yellow brick road and see the scenes, she said.

Artist Darryl Woods will be there and will have posters for children to select, she said. Also, Sheryl Nance-Durst will volunteer her time to do face-painting.

The Unified Government’s lead paint program will be staffing a booth portraying the house that fell on the witch, she said. Information will be handed out about the lead paint program.

Children will receive a bag of candy at the event, she said.

“We are still seeking sponsors, partners and donors for Halloween, and we still need candy,” Green said. Candy can be donated, and monetary donations to the event also will be accepted. Volunteers also are needed, and people may call 913-233-2787 or email for more information.

The Alcott Arts Center is not yet ADA accessible. For more information, visit or call 913-233-2787.

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