Event Calendar

Join us for artist talks, performances, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs for all ages.

Watch recordings of past public programs here. 

Programming is generously supported by the Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Program​.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Summer Camp Kemper: Landscape and Home

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Daily
FREE | Ages 6–12 | Registration Required

Save your spot for this three-day outdoor art camp, taking place from Wednesday, August 3–Friday, August 5. Inspired by the exhibition The Regional, activities will explore themes of landscape and home. Registration is free and all art materials will be provided at no cost. To register, email eclosen@kemperart.org.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Beyond the Cover: Finding Art in the Words with Young Friends of the Library

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–8 p.m.
FREE | Recommended for 18+ | Registration Required

Celebrate the Kansas City Library’s summer reading program, Art Starts at Your Library, and get inspired by special exhibition The Regional at Kemper Museum. Kansas City-based artist Craig Deppen Auge will facilitate this creative evening weaving together art and literature. Using a variety of mixed media materials and collage techniques, we will make our own mini-books and alter upcycled books that you can take home and continue working on. Create art with others, and talk about your favorite books you read this summer!

This program is in collaboration with the Young Friends of the Library, a networking group of young professionals who support the Kansas City Public Library.

Recommended for ages 18+

All materials provided. Space limited, please register in advance!

Image credit: Installation view, The Regional, June 2–September 11, 2022, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: E. G. Schempf, 2022.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

TOTs on Tuesday

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.
FREE | Ages 3–5 | Registration Required

TOTs on Tuesday is back at the museum for the summer! Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and Kansas City librarian. Each TOTs on Tuesday session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Pepe Mar Artist Talk and Atrium Project "Rising Sun" Opening

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5 p.m. Bar Opens | 6 p.m. Artist Talk | 7 p.m. Reception
FREE | All Ages | Registration Encouraged

Join us for an artist talk with Miami-based artist Pepe Mar (born Reynosa, Mexico, 1977) in conjunction with the opening of his solo commissioned Atrium Project, Rising Sun. Mar will present and speak about the installation's connection to Kemper Museum's Permanent Collection as well as his new iteration of the "Paprikas": characters, or alter egos, that recur throughout his work. The Paprika's bodies are made from objects culled from antique and thrift shops that ultimately reflect the artist's Queer, Latinx experience.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Kemper Museum Block Party

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–10:30 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | Registration Encouraged

Kemper Museum Block Party is back! Join us for an after-hours celebration of art, food, film, and fun on the museum grounds, celebrating the opening of the newest Atrium Project installation, Pepe Mar: Rising Sun.

6–8:30 p.m. Art making, food and drinks, and music with DJ Joe The Mad Scientist & DJ Ice Kole

8:30 p.m. Family-friendly movie screening. Title to be announced.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Studio Night: Objects & Meaning through Mixed Media Collage – AT CAPACITY

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–8 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

Invited by The Regional exhibition artist, Rashawn Griffin, local artist, glyneisha, leads a mixed media collage workshop inspired by Griffin’s work while highlighting connections to her own. We invite you to bring one object with unique characteristics (texture, shape, color, and/or form) that brings you a sense of comfort or safety.  We will spend the session creating a series of mixed media collage assemblages that will translate our memories through material exploration. Participants will lean into the cut and paste nature of collage - to reflect on and explore their own identities, culture, and personal narratives in a way that promotes a sense of mending and healing through visual imagery. Collage and drawing materials provided. Drawing sessions take place at Kemper Museum. All levels of experience are welcome. Email eclosen@kemperart.org to register.