KCKCC art gallery honors Black history month with exhibit

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery’s first exhibition in 2023 is an artistic exploration of Black Appalachian culture.

In celebration of the exhibition, there will be a virtual artist talk for “Holler If You See Me: Black Appalachia” from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 in the art gallery. The talk can also be seen on the art gallery’s Facebook page. Additionally, a closing reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 31.

The gallery is in the Jewell Center on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs until March 31.

The exhibition features 10 Black Appalachian artists’ efforts for inclusion, equality and negotiating self amidst systematic disenfranchisement, violence and loss. The artists’ quests for self-determination are aided in art as they reassert their presence, express dissent and acquire empowerment. The exhibit features artists Jonathan Adams, Akintayo Akintobi, Lynn Bachman, Tramel Fain, Pam Faw, Dexter Greenlee, Anissa Lewis, Mary Martin and Travis Prince.

The curators are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, director of Slocumb Galleries and Midsouth Sculpture Alliance board member and LGBTQ Lyn Govette, curatorial fellow. Slocumb Galleries explore the nuanced identities of the Black bodies from various Appalachian states through the lens of ‘Black Diaspora,’ displacement and trauma.

For more information on the exhibition or events, contact Shai Perry, coordinator of the KCKCC Art Gallery, at sperry@kckcc.edu.

  • From Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

KCK students receive art scholarships

More than a dozen talented high school students from the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools have earned an art scholarship.

The scholarships came from Kansas City Kansas Community College and were based on artwork portfolios submitted by each student, according to a district spokesman.

Students earned $1,500 and $500 scholarships.

The award winners included:

$1,500 award winners:
Sarah Thornson – Washington;
Silus Alegria – Wyandotte;
Zamayra Massey – Schlagle;
Dorcus Nyncirabonn – Schlagle.

$500 award winners:

Sharon Salvy – Schlagle;
Lee Lor – Sumner;
Mellisa Herrera – Wyandotte;
Julia Kruger – Sumner;
Violeta Reyes Ortega – Harmon;
Kaitlyn M. – Schlagle;
Isabel Ambriz-Fernandez – Harmon;
Olivia Coleman – Harmon;
Alejandro Castaneda – Wyandotte.

  • Information from Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools

Holiday carol sing-along to be Saturday at Alcott Arts

Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kansas, is planning a holiday carol sing-along from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Hot chocolate and refreshments will be shared, according to Chris Parker Green of the Alcott Center.

The music will get people in the holiday spirit, she said.

Everyone attending should dress warmly, since there is no heat in the building, she added.

Some gifts will be available to purchase from local artists and students for cash only.

The Alcott is not ADA accessible and the restrooms will not be available.

For more information, call 913-233-2787.