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Did you hear about our exhibitions?

We get so thrilled about our art exhibitions at many of our locations. But when one of those artists—especially one that is as interesting and talented as Sterling Witt—is coming for a Meet the Artist visit, we get downright elated! Listen to the latest episode of Did you hear? We talk exhibitions, Sterling, and ... Love? 

Meet the Artist: Sterling Witt
Wednesday, July 18
Lackman Library

We get so thrilled about our art exhibitions at many of our locations. But when one of those artists—especially one that is as interesting and talented as Sterling Witt—is coming for a Meet the Artist visit, we get downright elated! Listen to the latest episode of Did you hear? We talk exhibitions, Sterling, and ... Love? 

Meet the Artist: Sterling Witt
Wednesday, July 18
Lackman Library

Duncan Burnett

Did you catch Duncan Friday?Duncan Burnett

We were so happy to have Duncan perform this past Friday, July 13 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center! If you were not able to attend, we will be posting the live concert recording as an episode of our Did You hear? podcast.

To get the best sense of what Kansas City rapper, drummer and producer Duncan Burnett is about, watch his self-directed video for "Anthem" (embedded below), or any of his other videos for that matter. Burnett's skills as a vocalist, rapper, performer and video director are on full display, and it's captivating. His upcoming debut, EP, Black Boy Joy, features production and instrumental work by KC's Anthony Saunders and Dominique Sanders, AKA The Xtraordinairs. We are excited to share an interview with Burnett about this EP and other topics. Enjoy.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hey. My name is Duncan Burnett and I'm a rapper/artist, musician (drums) and producer. I hail from the great city of Olathe, KS. 913rd. Ya dig! Haha 

My music is clean, soulful, positive, passion filled, hip hop music. Drawing inspiration from rock, R&B, soul, funk, jazz and pop to create a familiar but unique sound that everyone can enjoy.

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The Library offers many community resources

Connecting Community and Resources

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and 613 adults located throughout the county.  

Programs and Services

  • Read to Succeed – short story and book discussion groups
  • Great Stories Club – book discussion group
  • Courtroom Assisted Reading Encouragement (C.A.R.E.) – provision of free books in the Juvenile and Child In Need of Care courtrooms
  • Read to Me – instruction in read-aloud techniques to strengthen the connections between parent and child
  • Changing Lives through Literature - small-group discussions about short stories, poems and novels
  • Adult Residential Center Office Hours – provision of remote library services and resource fairs

Librarian Perspective
During the last three years, Incarcerated Services team member Jenny Reeves has focused on teens. She shares that while these teens have made mistakes and have experienced traumatic situations they still yearn to be like other teens. In her role, Reeves sees first-hand how receiving a book or interacting with an author like Jason Reynolds in a workshop can make a positive difference.

“When the Library brought Jason Reynolds to speak, I witnessed these teens connect with Reynolds in a truly inspiring way,” Reeves said. “He spoke their language, knew from his own experience, their experience, and was able to reach out to them and let them feel seen. It’s those experiences, where we are able to connect with these teens and hopefully make lasting impressions on their lives, which inspires me. When the Library visits incarcerated individuals, we create moments that allow them to feel seen, heard and valued again. In this way we are fulfilling our Library values to the fullest.”

2018 Outreach
This year, Incarcerated Services include an adult book group and orientation workshops, providing services to individuals re-entering the community. Teens also receive additional writing and Maker opportunities through the Library's Explore Tinker Connect program.

The Incarcerated Services team supports individuals in the Juvenile Detention Center, Adolescent Center for Treatment, Johnson County Courthouse, Evening Reporting Center, Adult Residential Center and Therapeutic Community.

You  might think of the Library as a physical building but the Library also plays a critical outreach role in the community, connecting people with the right tools, resources and content. One example of this is our highly-successful Incarcerated Services programming. A dedicated team of Johnson County Librarians leads a series of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults who are serving an incarcerated sentence.

These connections feature author visits, a mobile MakerSpace, and a variety of writing, music-production and comics workshops. The group also works with Johnson County Corrections to share information about library services and resources. In 2017, the group connected with 1,055 kids and teens and... Continue »

Did you hear that storyteller Priscilla Howe is coming?

In this episode of Did you hear?, Youth Services Librarian Dennis Ross talks about his favorite storyteller, Priscilla Howe who will be visiting Wednesday, July 18 at two of our locations!

In this episode of Did you hear?, Youth Services Librarian Dennis Ross talks about his favorite storyteller, Priscilla Howe who will be visiting Wednesday, July 18 at two of our locations!

Duncan Burnett

Tonight at Johnson County Arts & HeritageLocal Music Live: Duncan Burnett

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

Local Music Live with Duncan Burnett!

Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett comes to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind his music. Local Music Live is a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

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Central Resource Library , Off-site
  • Evin Felix
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Now on Exhibit at Leawood: Evin FelixEvin Felix

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are laying down the paint in a way that I accurately depict a scene or translate an emotion to the viewer. Even this abstract series was painted from medical pathology slides, so it is based in reality to a degree. I take some artistic liberties with colors, textures, and composition; but technically, it’s still representational. I usually don’t have a deeper message to my art, in hopes that the viewer sees it and it moves them to feel their own emotions. I feel like it's a successful piece if the viewer can connect with it emotionally.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?
I feel like my role as an artist is to find beauty in the world, and depict it in my art so that others may experience it as well.

What influences your practice/works?
It is simple: my artwork is influenced by my observations. My practice of art was intensely influenced by my mentor and father Mark Schuler. He was an illustrator and painter, and taught me a lot about observing, techniques, etc. On a day to day basis, I think my peers at the InterUrban ArtHouse inspire me and challenge me to push harder.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?
I love so many artists. From classical painters to contemporary painters, and everything in between. I’m currently loving Mark English, Rich Bowman, Carla Bosch, and Carol Marine just to name a few. Of course, I also find inspiration from my mentors and teachers Mark Schuler and Amy Trachtenberg. With all of these talented artists, I find myself drawn to their use of color, their
brushstrokes and their interpretation of value.

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Learn more about Evin Felix's work here: http://www.evinschuleroils.com/

 

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are... Continue »

Table Top Games

Today: Table Top GamesTable Top Games

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

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Corinth Library

Did you hear Dreamgirl1?

Did you hear about our partnership with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center? We're hosting some pretty amazing local live music for you this summer! Check out our calendar chock-full of great acts! Did you miss our first featured artist Dreamgirl1? No worries! You can listen to the full performance in this podcast episode. And, don't miss our second performance in the series: Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday! But, if you can't make it for some reason, we've got your back. We'll post an audio recording on Did you hear?    

Did you hear about our partnership with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center? We're hosting some pretty amazing local live music for you this summer! Check out our calendar chock-full of great acts! Did you miss our first featured artist Dreamgirl1? No worries! You can listen to the full performance in this podcast episode. And, don't miss our second performance in the series: Olathe-based hip-... Continue »

Did you hear about our live performance series?

Did you hear? is our new podcast. In this episode, Arts Librarian Bryan Voell talks about our partnership with the Arts & Heritage Center and our live local music performance series. 

Be sure to catch Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday!

Did you hear? is our new podcast. In this episode, Arts Librarian Bryan Voell talks about our partnership with the Arts & Heritage Center and our live local music performance series. 

Be sure to catch Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday!

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