Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Launches Creative Action Initiative

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Launches Creative Action Initiative

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art welcomes fifteen community leaders as the inaugural members of Creative Action Initiative, a new annual project to design a collaborative response to community needs and desires using contemporary art, with Kemper Museum as its platform. 

This program convenes local thinkers, leaders, and change-makers from a diverse range of backgrounds to meet throughout 2020 in order to collectively plan a community-based project for implementation. Working together to think about how we might call on the arts to increase and enhance civic participation, Creative Action Initiative participants have been invited to begin this process by responding to the quote by Gertrude Stein, “Art is the pulse of a nation.”

Participants include:

  • Majid Amirahmadi, International Architects Atelier
  • Jessica Blubaugh, Women’s Intersport Network
  • Semra Fetahovic, Cultivate KC
  • Terri Goddard, The Whole Person
  • Chris Goode, Ruby Jean’s Juicery
  • Jessica Manco, art educator
  • Susan Mong, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
  • Edgar J. Palacios, Latinx Education Collaborative
  • Oz Qureshi, MINDDRIVE
  • Jahna Riley, KC Girls Preparatory Academy
  • James SugEasy Singleton, Breakfree Kansas City
  • Lindsay Smith, The Merry Outlaw
  • Angelique Staggs, musician
  • Suzanne Wheeler, Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Williams, KC MeltingPot Theatre

“Public institutions must serve today’s community needs,” says Kemper Museum Executive Director, Sean O’Harrow. “Since it was founded in 1994, Kemper Museum has been at the forefront of reflecting our diverse community, and this new initiative partners with public leaders to envision an exciting, relevant program that will address what people are interested in today.”
 

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About Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City’s renowned FREE contemporary art museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in October 1994 and boasts a rapidly growing Permanent Collection that uniquely bridges modern and contemporary works of art featuring artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keeffe, Keltie Ferris, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Richard Mosse, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Special exhibitions, installations, lectures, and workshops, as well as youth, teen, and family programs are regularly hosted at the Museum.

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