Kids & Families

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year. The objective of the Kemper Museum educational programs is to engage children and adults in a discussion about contemporary art and how it relates to their lives. 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.

ArtReach is now open for members of the Kemper, and for non-members it opens on January 11, 2017.

ArtReach: Winter/Spring 2017

ArtReach: Session One (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.
FREE | FULL Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org to enroll

As part of a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers free workshops for children with and without special needs each semester. The objective of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. Each hands-on workshop is designed for a particular age group and relates to specific works of art on view. Participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist’s work and his or her inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop.

Wearable Art

Art can be displayed anywhere: on walls, ceilings, floors, and even on people! After exploring the Kemper Museum’s current exhibitions, students will select an artwork and use this as inspiration to create a wearable piece of art. At the end of the session, they will show off their work in a fashion show!

ArtReach: Session Two (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 are full)

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., FULL Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Two-Digital Self-Portraits

Portraits can reveal more about a person than what is on the surface. After exploring the artwork in patterned works from the Permanent Collection and the artwork by Rashid Johnson, students will explore the art of contemporary portraiture. Like Johnson, participants will create works of art that break down the traditional concepts and norms of identity, race, and culture.

ArtReach: Session Three (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6-8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Three-Exploring Non-Traditional Art Making Materials

Art can be made out of anything! Rashid Johnson featured in the exhibition Hail We Now Sing Joy, uses shea butter, wax, and soap to create pieces that challenge traditional art making methods. In this ArtReach session, students will experiment with wax and other unusual materials to discover how contemporary artists push the boundaries of and rethink the artistic process.

ArtReach: Session Four (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m, Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Four: Family Box Art

Julie Blackmon, whose photographs are on view in the Permanent Exhibition Pattern Scheme, narrates the everyday life of her family and explores the concept of home. Using her work as inspiration for discussion and creation, students will analyze the contemporary theme of family and create a piece of box art that reflects their own family and home. Various artistic processes such as printmaking, sculpting, collage and photography will be explored.

ArtReach: Sesson Five (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Five-Art Terrariums

The exhibition, Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy juxtaposes symbolic objects with tropical plants in a large installation. After viewing and discussing this piece, students will create their own terrariums by combining clay plants and objects that are reflective of their own personal culture and identity.  At the end of the session, the students will place their terrariums together to create a temporary installation in the Kemper Museum.

ArtReach: Session Six (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Six-Sound Sculptures

How are art and music connected? This question will be explored while viewing and discussing artwork by Rashid Johnson, who has combined art and music by placing a piano inside of an installation. Students will then be challenged to create “sound sculptures” by combining and manipulating materials to create unique sensory experiences.

ArtReach: Session Seven (Ages 6–8 11:00-12:30 p.m. are full) (Ages 9–12 still open)

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
FULL Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

Session Seven-Weaving Project

Spiders aren’t always scary! Louise Bourgeois used the spider as a metaphor for an ability to nurture and protect. The web-spinning arachnid also symbolized a memory from her childhood; her mother restoring, repairing, and reweaving tapestries for the family business. Students will discuss Spider by Bourgeois and create a weaving using non-traditional materials and objects that honors someone in their life.

Programs in Conjunction with Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy

Spring Break Camp Kemper (Ages 7–12)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 to Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

The Kemper Museum is offering a fun three-day art camp with activities inspired by the exhibition Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy. Campers will explore Johnson’s work and will be challenged to create art using non-traditional materials based on themes such as culture, identity, and social justice. Come discover how art can confront, challenge, and help to change social beliefs and injustices while exploring how to incorporate unexpected materials in one’s artwork.

Early registration is available for Museum members through January 30 | Open registration begins February 1

The Traveling Storyteller: Brad Shaw

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Traveling Storyteller Brad Shaw takes his audience on adventures as he tells tales about morals, ethics, and values. Audience members are encouraged to participate as he weaves tales from all corners of the world!​

 

Music at the Museum: I Dig Jazz

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Explore the rich history of Jazz in Kansas City at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Vocalist Lisa Henry is coming to the Museum for a unique Kansas City Jazz performance that will take her audience on a memorable musical journey with her warm vocals and classic jazz interpretations.

Floral Sculptures

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | RSVP to reservations@kemperart.org; Space is limited to 30

In the exhibition Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy artist Rashid Johnson juxtaposes plants with unnatural objects to create a towering installation that challenges traditional notions of culture, race, and identity. Instructor Meghan Rowswell leads an intergenerational floral arranging workshop that challenges participants to combine found vessels and fresh flowers to create their own organic sculptures. At the end of the workshop, participants will combine their sculptures together to create one large temporary installation in the Kemper Museum.

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of the Kemper Museum. The objective of the Kemper Museum school tour program is to engage students in discussion about modern and contemporary art and how it relates to students’ education and lives. To learn more about tours and the Kemper Museum busing program, visit the TOURS page.

Download the Group Tour Registration Form.

Scavenger Saturday

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturday for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

Scavenger Saturday at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.

Third Saturdays
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

No registration required

Art(full) Bag

The Art(full) Bag is filled with objects to support and create educational connections to the Museum's main gallery exhibition, Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder. As you view works in the featured exhibition, you are encouraged to use the hands-on materials to gain a deeper understanding of the exhibition and the beauty, intention, and meaning of the works of art on view. Look for the Art(full) Bag, available every day, just inside the main exhibition gallery.

Gallery Conversations

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.

Saturdays
Kemper Museum
1:00–1:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages
No Registration Required

TOTs on Tuesday

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper museum educator and Kansas City librarian. A different work of art will be featured each month.

Third Tuesday of Each Month
Kemper Museum 
of Contemporary Art
10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE | Ages 3–5

No registration required

Fine Art Friday

Join a Kemper Museum educator and docent for interactive experiences in the Museum’s galleries that encourage students to explore art through observation, discussion, and activities. Fine Art Friday’s activities change monthly and are inspired by artwork in the Museum’s current exhibitions. This program is intended to supplement the Homeschooling curriculum.

Second Fridays
1:00–2:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–12
No registration required