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​.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: 30 in 30

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–8 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | No Registration Required

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble presents a series of 30 performances at venues around the city celebrating their 30 year anniversary! On three evenings this fall, soak in the modern sounds from KC's leading, cutting-edge musicians and composers as you explore the galleries at Kemper Museum.

NewEar is a professional chamber music ensemble featuring the music of living composers. Programming a wide range of musicians, instrumentations and styles, newEar often blurs the boundaries of classical art music, rock, jazz, world music, and the avant garde, creating eclectic musical interpretations.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Performance Dates: 

  • Thursday, Sep. 1, 6–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sep. 24, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 5–7 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Kemper Museum Trivia Night: The Midwest

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6–8:30 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | Registration Required

Join us for a lively trivia night focusing on the Midwest in conjunction with the special exhibition, The Regional. Trivia will include five rounds of questions with themes including art and architecture, history, music, pop culture, and a special mystery round to test your skills! Special guest Glenn North will be our quizmaster, and complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

Register your team of 3–6 participants by emailing visitorservices@kemperart.org with your team name and number of participants. Space is limited.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Silent Concert celebrating The Regional

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2–4 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Be immersed! 2 The Maxxe, Kemper Museum, and Silent KC present a special live performance celebrating closing day of The Regional. This uniquely orchestrated silent concert features a multilayered ensemble of KC musicians. Grab a pair of headphones to enjoy the full production as you explore the galleries. 

Featured Musicians: 

Paula Saunders, vocalist
Jermaine Ballew, percussionist
Donnell Phillips, bassist
Lester Estelle, Sr., guitarist
Robert Tribitt, keyboardist
DJ Cynsere, turntablist

Hosted and engineered by Joe Straws III
 

 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Kemper Teen Arts Council Movie Night + Plant Sale

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13–19 | Registration Encouraged

Kick off the school year with the Kemper Teen Arts Council! Join us for an outdoor movie screening, and buy a plant from Lorena Molina's Reconcilation Garden installation from The Regional exhibition at Kemper Museum. All plant sales will be donated directly to the Coffee Farmers Reconciliation Fund to benefit coffee growers in El Salvador.

Popcorn and movie snacks provided!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

TOTs on Tuesday

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

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and Kansas City librarian.

Ages 3–5.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Studio Night: A Time in Place

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

Join Women to Watch artist, Melanie Johnson, for an evening of guided life drawing where you will explore how figures relate to the environmental settings they occupy. Throughout the session, learn about Johnson's process firsthand as you continue to develop your own! Materials provided. Drawing sessions take place at Kemper Museum. All levels of experience are welcome. Email eclosen@kemperart.org to register.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: 30 in 30

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | No Registration Required

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble presents a series of 30 performances at venues around the city celebrating their 30 year anniversary! On three evenings this fall, soak in the modern sounds from KC's leading, cutting-edge musicians and composers as you explore the galleries at Kemper Museum.

NewEar is a professional chamber music ensemble featuring the music of living composers. Programming a wide range of musicians, instrumentations and styles, newEar often blurs the boundaries of classical art music, rock, jazz, world music, and the avant garde, creating eclectic musical interpretations.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Performance Dates: 

  • Thursday, Sep. 1, 6–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sep. 24, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 5–7 p.m.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Exhibition Opening "Five Years and Counting"

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

Celebrate the opening of Five Years and Counting: Expanding the Permanent Collection. The exhibition features more than 35 artworks recently added to the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. The exhibition invites visitors to engage with brand new acquisitions and revisit favorite works they may have encountered at Kemper Museum in recent years.