Arts and Culture

Looking to enjoy some local art? See our Exhibitions.

Sometimes, the only way out is through. Overcome a creative block by sharing your craft in a safe environment. Bring your song, story, drawing or idea to share with participants who are also overcoming the vulnerability required in artistic expression. This interactive workshop will provide coaching tools and encouraging feedback from the instructor and group. Led by esteemed KC musician, performer and composer Laurel Morgan Parks.

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Many people have the urge to reflect back on their life and record their memories. But if you don’t want to tackle writing a book yourself, you do what the Bockelmans did: hire a personal historian. They worked with Amy Woods Butler, a professional life-story writer to publish their joint memoirs in a single volume illustrated with family photos. Join them for a discussion on why we record our life stories, and what it looks like to work with a writer to help get your voice – and your memories – onto the page.

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Johnson County Genealogical Society helps you discover many research resources. Society meetings cover business items and training sessions. Learn about the workings of the JCGS as well as specific genealogy research topics.

January: How to Date Old Photographs, Midwest Genealogy Center
February: “Broke but not out of luck” – Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy, Jennifer Audsley-Moore, National Archives Kansas City
April: Heraldry and Genealogy: The Truth Behind Your “Family” Coat of Arms, Angela Fields

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elementia honoree Rudy Francisco will lead a workshop for aspiring poets and spoken word artists. Whether you’re looking to turn poetry and performance into a profession or refine the work you create just for yourself, you will build confidence in your work and learn how writing, poetry and oral storytelling can empower and connect you to yourself and others.

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As an artist, Rudy Francisco combines activism and poetry to enlighten the minds of those who witness his performance. Enjoy a rare performance by one of the most recognizable names in spoken word poetry. Local poet Jen Harris will interview Francisco before the performance. Light refreshments will be served.

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