Poetry Workshop for Teens
Ages 12-18
Saturday, October 22
Cost is $15. Museum members receive 20% discount.

Glenn North will lead a poetry workshop inspired by the exhibition. Students will be invited to present their work during Thanksgiving weekend.

Printmaking Demonstration

Improvise and Impress
6–8 p.m., Friday, November 4
Classroom 6

Drop in as master printmaker and Bearden collaborator Kathy Caraccio leads an exciting demonstration of printmaking techniques, highlighting Bearden’s preferred methods and materials.

Artists’ Panel Discussion
Pressing the Point
1–2 p.m., Saturday, November 5
Atkins Auditorium

Kathy Caraccio is joined by local printmakers Hugh Merrill of the Kansas City Art Institute and Craig Subler of UMKC in this engaging conversation about the joys and challenges of printmaking, moderated by curator Leesa Fanning.

DJ Spooky’s “An Acoustic Portrait”
Friday, November 11, 7–8 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium
Members FREE, $8 non-member

Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) will premiere an original performance highlighting Bearden's work through the prism of modern digital media techniques and DJ culture’s “cut-and-paste” sonic palette. He’ll connect Bearden's visual collages, the contemporary aesthetics of record collecting—what hip-hop calls "diggin' in the crates"—and the Museum's exhibition of Bearden’s prints.

Photo by: Mike Figgis
Glenn North and the Groove 101 Jazz Trio
5–6 & 7–8 p.m.
Friday, November 25
Atkins Auditorium

Glenn North, poet in residence and education specialist at the American Jazz Museum, will lead a family-friendly music program followed by a poetry slam presented by North, Natasha Ria El-Scari and selected student poets.

Family Fun Activity
1–4 p.m., November 26 & 27
Bloch Lobby | No Reservations

Enjoy informal looking and hands-on activities in the galleries. No need to sign up! Join poet Glenn North for a poetry slam inspired by the exhibition.

Artist’s Gallery Walk
Prints and Patterns—African-American Cloth Traditions
11 a.m.–Noon, Saturday, December 3

Kansas City textile artist Sonié Ruffin leads an in-gallery exploration of Bearden’s prints, highlighting their visual and technical connections to African and African American cloth traditions.

Member Weekend Events
November 11–13

This year’s Member Appreciation Weekend celebrates the art of Romare Bearden. The following programs are for Museum members unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 11
Young Friends of Art Happy Hour 
Member Weekend Kick-off and Dance Party
6–9 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

Following DJ Spooky’s performance, join Young Friends of Art for a dance party in Bloch Lobby.

Saturday, November 12
DJ Spooky’s “Acoustic Portrait” Presentation
1 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Free; Members Only

Enjoy an encore performance by DJ Spooky as he showcases his iPad application demonstrating the art of sampling and the connection between art, music composition and digital media in the audio and visual world.

Printmaking Demonstration
1–4 p.m. | Lens 2 Mezzanine
Free; Members Only

Join us for a demonstration of the unique process of printmaking with local artist Michelle Dreyer. Experience the creation and originality of impressions created through the use of a printing press.

Docent Drop-In Stations
1–4 p.m. | Gallery L13
Members Only

Drop by Gallery L13 to listen to Museum docents share valuable insight into the world of celebrated artist, Romare Beaden. No reservations needed.

  Sunday, November 13
Private Tour and Brunch with Leesa Fanning
Open to Sponsor Level ($500) members and above
11 a.m. | Info Desk, Gallery L13
Free; Members Only

Before the Museum opens to the public, join Leesa Fanning, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, for a special tour of the exhibition Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden.

Lisa Henry Jazz Performance
1 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Free; Members Only

Members of all ages welcome! Celebrate the history of jazz and the artworks of Romare Bearden during an interactive journey with performance artist, Lisa Henry. Her sincere vocal delivery, classic interpretations and unique improvisations will be sure to delight the entire family.

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