Join us for the Juneteenth KC workshop series. It is a hybrid experience (online and in-person) that features experts in Black history, entrepreneurship, housing, health, arts, and more. The workshops will feature dynamic speakers and conversations, and phenomenal artistic performances.
We are now accepting proposals from experts and artists.
Follow the links below to submit a proposal to be included in the lineup!
2022 Special 3-Part Feature
Red Lined: The History & Impact of housing discrimination in Kansas City
Photo: Redlining Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin 12"x12" Textile 2022
Location: Driving Tour Begins at Shawnee Mission East High School
Date: Ongoing- Available online for a self-guided tour.
Journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through.
Nathaniel Bozarth, ethnographer and host of the “Wide Ruled” podcast, narrates this 90-minute drive, bringing in interviews from several area students and notable city figures Sid Willens, Bill Tammeus, Mamie Hughes, and Margaret May.
“Dividing Lines” was created as a part of the Johnson County Library’s “Race Project KC.” The Library’s Civic Engagement Committee and Tanner Colby’s book “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America” inspired much of the ongoing work of Race Project KC. This tour was made possible by support from Johnson County Library and the Kansas Humanities Council. It was produced by Brainroot Light & Sound. Written by Nathaniel Bozarth and Christopher Cook. The tour features music from Hermon Mehari and KC Jazz LP.
The content of this tour may contain controversial material; such statements are not an expression of library policy.
Banner Photo: David Wilson
Location: Johnson County Museum
REDLINED: CITIES, SUBURBS, SEGREGATION takes visitors on a deep dive into the history of redlining and how it both shaped and was shaped by Johnson County and the region. Visitors will learn about the 19th and 20th-century foundations of redlining, how the private practice became federal policy during the Great Depression, the expansion of the practice during postwar suburbanization, attempts to dismantle the system during the Civil Rights Era, and how the legacies of redlining continue to impact communities around the nation today.
The exhibit also features a micro-art exhibit featuring works related to the history and legacies of redlining from the African American Artists Collective. Art has the remarkable ability to communicate where words sometimes fail. It also allows us to process our feelings, experiences, and connect us through our common humanity. Artists with AAAC created pieces in response to the topic of redlining. Their works provide moments to reflect on the historical content provided in the exhibit.
Special Exhibit - Bel-Air The Exhibition
Location: Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
Date: Saturday, June 18th
Bel-Air The Exhibition will open Wednesday, June 1, 2022 and runs through Friday, July 1, 2022 in the large studio exhibition space upstairs at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.
Developed in collaboration with JuneteenthKC, the presentation rejoices the multifaceted work of artists whose vibrant visual, material, and conceptual concerns are important to the Kansas City to celebrate. The exhibition showcases the artwork of Kansas City artists whose works are featured in the new Peacock drama series “Bel-Air” produced and director by Kansas Citian Morgan Cooper. More than 30 major works will be on view in different mediums, including works on paper, canvas, and jewelry. exhibition will be accompanied by marketing and website publications.
The exhibition will be curated and installed by Jason Piggie.
Artist: Jason Wilcox
Title: Fresh (Will Smith)
Medium: Acrylic (on Canvas)
Dimensions: 22 x 32 inch