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In honor of Black History Month, the Kansas City Crossroads gallery, Kultured Chameleon Street Art Gallery, is presenting “Art & Soul, It’s My Thing”. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by Kansas City artists that have been commissioned to celebrate and interpret the history, development, and essence of Kansas City’s Soul music. “Art and Soul, It’s My Thing” features artwork by Alexander Austin, Luke and Pat Rocha Sr., Aaron Sutton, J.T. Daniels, SIKE, Danny Staton, ERRA, Duncan Burnett, Ociel Ramos, and Will Willmott. The artists’ works are displayed in the exhibit alongside local music collectors’ Kansas City Soul ephemera. Kansas City Soul ephemera includes promotional black and white photographs, posters, and album covers featuring Kansas City’s hottest musicians and groups from back in the day, and an audio listening station featuring the sounds of the legendary Kansas City record label, FORTE.
Throughout the month of February, the “Art & Soul, It’s My Thing” exhibit will serve as a platform to celebrate, educate, and discuss the musical heritage of Kansas City’s Soul music with a variety of programs throughout the metro. Programming includes a “Your History” children’s art workshop, a FORTE Records soul music listening party, a panel discussion with local music historians and musicians, and a Spoken Word/Poetry night. Program sponsors include the Kultured Chameleon Street Art Gallery, KC Hip Hop Academy, Kansas City Kansas Public Library, Zebedee’s RMP, and UMKC’s LaBudde Special Collections/Allan Bell Collection.
Art & Soul programs: FRI Feb 7th 6-11pm 1st Friday opening w/ DJ Joc Max (8-10pm) SAT Feb 8th 2pm panel w/ Chuck Haddix, Allan Bell, Sherrie Whitney, Eugene Smiley. sponsored by UMKC & Zebedees RPM SAT Feb 15th 1-4pm KCK Library main branch KC Soul/Funk listening party w/ DJs Fat Sal, Brian Danker, Ryan McBee and others sponsored by KCK Public Library & Zebedees RPM SAT Feb 22nd 12-3pm children’s workshop- “Create Your Thang!” Mingering Mike inspired record label art. sponsored by KC Hip Hop Academy and Zebedees RPM FRI Feb 28th 7pm “My Thing” SPOKEN WORD hosted by TBlaze sponsored by KC Hip Hop Academy
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