For Adults

Free hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum strives to represent artists and visitors of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media, and ethnicity. Admission is always free and the Museum is fully accessible in order to warmly welcome visitors with special needs. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

Programs in Conjunction with Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder

Lecture: Paul Losensky

Friday, November 11, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | No registration required

Friday, November 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. lecture

Paul Losensky, associate professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, deepens the discussion on the poetic representations of the Ḩasanābād (now Khaju) Bridge in the city of Esfahān, Iran, giving perspective on the significance of the bridge in Persian culture.

Workshop: Persian Calligraphy

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | RSVP to, Subject: Calligraphy; Space is limited to 25.

Instructors Habib and Sameneh Arjmand lead a dynamic workshop on the art and poetry of Persian calligraphy. 

Curator-led Tour with Erin Dziedzic

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4:00–5:00 p.m.
FREE | No registration required

Visit the exhibition Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder with curator Erin Dziedzic for a lively and informative discussion of Kansas City’s influence on the artist’s bridges and highlights of Armajani’s more-than five decades of bridge making.

Music at the Museum: Cubanisms

Friday, December 16, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00 p.m–7:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | No registration required

Friday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. cash bar and performance

Michael McClintock’s Cubanisms is the only authentic Cuban septet in Kansas City. Showcasing the native Cuban tres, a guitar-like instrument, Cubanisms joins together some of the best musicians in the Midwest to bring the culture, dance, and festive music of Cuba to life. 

Discussion at Kemper Museum: Art Collections & Estate Plans

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–7:00 p.m.
FREE | Please RSVP by Monday, October 17, 2016 | 816-457-6102 or

JOIN US for an evening with appraisal expert JAMES CORCORAN

Why do you and your advisors need to determine the value of your art collection in your estate planning process?

What is the role of the professional personal property Appraiser in this planning process? What is an “IRS Qualified Appraiser”?

Please join us and visiting appraisal expert, James Corcoran JD AAA to discuss the interplay of appraisals, estate planning, and charitable donations as they affect your art collection. A question and answer period will follow Mr. Corcoran’s presentation.


  • Charitable Donations
  • Estate Planning and Your Art Collection
  • IRS Rules and Regulations Governing Charitable Donations and Federal Estate Tax Returns
  • A quick look at IRS Form 8283, the form required to be filed with your income tax return to document a tax deduction.

Thursday, October 20, 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 17 at 816-457-6102 or

Wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by Café Sebastienne.

Programs in Conjunction with 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award

Performances: J. Ashley Miller (Jametatone) and Eddie Moore (Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle)

Friday, October 28, 2016
Kemper at the Crossroads
7:00 p.m.
FREE | No registration required

​Friday, October 28, 2016, beginning 7:00 p.m.

Kemper Museum at the Crossroads presents an evening of music with 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows J. Ashley Miller (Jametatone) who uses frenetic guitar playing to create improvisational works of manic and delightful lyricism, and pianist Eddie Moore (Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle), playing material from his new piece “Kings & Queens,” which blends American music and Afro influences. 


Audio Tours

To hear insight from the artists themselves, an exhibition audio tour is available inside The Kemper app. Download the app via iTunes or the Android marketplace to hear the artists speak about selected works.

Tour: Gallery Conversations

Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

The Gallery Conversations tour is offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.​

Talks and Conversations

Featured artists and exhibition curators often speak at the Kemper Museum’s opening receptions for its special exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions' works and artists' working method. Visit the Museum's Talks page for more information.


Hands-on workshops for adults have included watercolor painting, acrylic portrait painting, monotype printing, wire sculpture, collage, mixed media, and creative writing. Led by area artists, these workshops provide creative opportunities that expand on themes and media present in Kemper Museum exhibiting artists' works. Learn to express yourself, work with new materials, and consider new processes and ideas.