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Tuesday, March 2 through Saturday, December 18, 2021

BECAUSE OF THIS is a year-long exhibition + performance series that celebrates contemporary Black artistic life through the healing and transformative works of Midwest artists of the African Diaspora. Because of This is an ambitious undertaking in community building, spearheaded by curator Mary Lawson (Omaha, NE) whose selection of over thirty virtual and outdoor programs include visual art, performances, audio archive, critique series, panel discussions, and community bike rides.

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When

Tuesday, March 2 through Saturday, December 18, 2021

Where

Virtually + In-Person (Charlotte Street Art Campus + Headquarters: 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO)

03/02/2021 12:00:00 03/02/2021 12:00:00 GMT+0000 Because of This

BECAUSE OF THIS is a year-long exhibition + performance series that celebrates contemporary Black artistic life through the healing and transformative works of Midwest artists of the African Diaspora. Because of This is an ambitious undertaking in community building, spearheaded by curator Mary Lawson (Omaha, NE) whose selection of over thirty virtual and outdoor programs include visual art, performances, audio archive, critique series, panel discussions, and community bike rides.

Virtually + In-Person (Charlotte Street Art Campus + Headquarters: 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO) Charlotte Street Foundation wes@5alldesign.com

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Performances and public programming for this series will be divided into four parts. For Quarters 1 + 2, public programming will be accessed virtually, and outdoor installations including a sculpture walk, light work, sound art, murals and window vinyl, will be visible to the passerby at Charlotte Street Foundation’s new art campus and headquarters (3333 Wyoming St., KCMO). For Quarters 3 + 4,  public programming and performances will take place in real space and be limited to small, outdoor gatherings. Virtual platforms will be used as a contingency plan for these series components.  

Participating artists: Michael Toombs, Dwight Edward Brown Jr., Tonina Saputo, Kat Wiese, Desiree Morales, Pamela Conyers-Hinson. 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Strange Fruit Femmes, a BIPOC femme community organization co-founded by curator Mary Lawson and multidisciplinary artist Glyneisha Johnson (Kansas City, MO), will be producing public programming including a podcast and crit series, titled : Here We Are. We Are Here. and Soulful Safespace Sunday’s. Strange Fruit Femmes is an artist collective that centers the works of Black, Brown, and Indigneous femmes living in the Midwest.

Urban Planner and Placemaker, Emmanuel Cook Jr. will promote local community engagement through a community bike ride series: Just Ride. He will be co-leading this effort with a KC Urban Planner/Developer in the latter half of the year. These rides are rooted in the ideas of community + mobility justice, meaning the right to live in and move through public space without the fear of violence, harm, or oppression. 

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