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Kemper Museum Sweet Summer Block Party
Saturday, August 30
7:00pm - 10:00pm
FREE for All Ages!

Join us Saturday, August 30, for the Kemper Museum Sweet Summer Block Party.

Visit the Kemper Museum’s current exhibitions, Conversations: Marking 20 Years and Kanas City artist Jarrett Mellenbruch’s Float on the grounds of the Museum, sweet and salty treats, and an outdoor screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

At the Kansas City Art Institute’s Stern Building, ceramics department faculty and students provide special viewings of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, and student demonstrations of ceramic working methods will be ongoing from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parking will be available one block north of the Museum at the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and E 44th Street.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with outdoor music provided by 90.9 The Bridge

• Kemper Museum galleries remain open late, with docent-led tours of the Conversations: Marking 20 Years exhibition at 7:15 p.m and 7:45 p.m.
• Sweet summer treats like gourmet popcorn and cotton candy
• Cash bar serving beer, wine, soda, and water
• Face painting with images inspired by works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection
• Children’s activity
• The Stern Building next door at the Kansas City Art Institute open for viewings and demos

8:30 p.m.

• Outdoor screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) on the grounds of the Kemper Museum

Free lectures, films, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum hosts cinema series and various performances of contemporary, classical, and jazz music in addition to dance and theatre programs.


Spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary music, past performances include regional groups such as Dark Matter, NewEar, Terrestrial Consort, BCR, Mariah Wind Trio, Doug Talley Quartet, Dangerous Kitchen, Hearts of Darkness, the Ragin’ Cajuns, Panapolli Trio, Fontana, the Kansas City Guitar Society, the Kansas City String Quartet, and Aeolian Effect.

Kemper Block Party: Sweet Summer
Saturday, August 30, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic Cakes & Pies, the Kemper Museum hosts a sweet summer block party with sugary treats, an outdoor film, and more.

Tri-Percussion: Music Around the World
Sunday, September 7, 2:00–2:45 p.m.
Musical styles and instruments from across the world: Gahu drumming from Ghana, West Africa, performed on Ghanian barrel drums; Brazilian samba, performed parade style; Calypso steel drumming from the Caribbean Islands, and more.



Local performance companies such as Reach, a movement collective; aha! dance theatre; the Coterie Theatre; and Ron Megee's Late Nite Theatre have performed dance and theatre acts inspired by the Museum’s exhibition programming and works in the permanent collection.

Consult the calendar for other upcoming events.