Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30-8:00 PM

Sustaining an arts practice is hard but sustaining a community practice as BIPOC teaching artists during a pandemic is even harder. Join us for the next of our equity series curated by Diane Burkholder as we speak with area Teaching Artists to talk about their practice, their impact on community (and community’s impact on them), how they have navigated changes in their approach to community engagement and what the future looks like for this emerging field of artists. Diane’s guest facilitators include Anthony Marcos Rea, Daniel Garcia-Roman and Evelyn Neal.

Points of Discussion:

– What is community practice like in communities of color for people of color?

– How do we grow with our communities?

– How does our community transform us and/or our practice?

– How has a pandemic impacted practice?

– What is next for our communities?

– What is next for BIPOC teaching artists working in community?


Anthony Marcos Rea (he/him)

Anthony Marcos Rea is a Multi-disciplinary Community-engaged Teaching Artist and Photographer from Kansas City’s former Westside community. A participant in the city’s desegregating public school system – he graduated and began his studies at UMKC. Guided by Photographer (and his professor) Bill Gaskins, Anthony migrated to Chicago to continue his studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Studying Photography, Performance, Video & Visual Communication, he received his BFA in 2002 and began working with community-based arts organizations, institutions, and literacy programs. Anthony focused his efforts on arts-integrated programming, youth development, and community art projects centered on youth & community empowerment, identity, & race. After returning to Kansas City in 2015, Anthony filled the position of Youth Development Coordinator at the Mattie Rhodes Center. A founding member of Brown Voices/Brown Pulse in Kansas City. He has exhibited with Johnson County Libraries, H&R Block Art Space, Mattie Rhodes Center, Open Space KC, and is a 2016 Rocket Grant recipient from Charlotte Street Foundation. You can follow Anthony via Instagram at @anthonymarcosrea where you can slide into his DM’s for further conversations and cute pictures of his cat Cempasúchil.

Daniel Garcia-Roman (he/him)

As the son of two immigrants from Mexico, Daniel Garcia-Roman creates works that visualize or create dialogue on the cultural disruption and spiritual fracturing of people in the United States. Daniel is interested in a mixed approach of combining found objects with paintings to represent a state of hybridity that resides within himself and many Americans. Daniel is a recent graduate from UMKC with a BA in Studio Art with plans to pursue a MA in Education. He is a teaching artist at the Mattie Rhodes Center and actively volunteers with the Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance, a non-profit that helps advocate for immigrant rights in the greater Metro of Kansas City.


Evelyn Neal (she/her)

Evelyn Neal is a recent graduate from MCC Blue River with an Associate in Arts with plans to pursue a BA and MA in Social Work. She is a Youth Advocate and a Teaching Artist at Mattie Rhodes Center. Evelyn volunteers all over Kansas City and Independence, MO, teaching at-risk youth about art and connecting with the homeless community. She also volunteers at Revive church teaching preschoolers and elementary students different techniques and materials in art. Evelyn is also a strong ally and activist learning, teaching, and serving in the African American community. Evelyn hopes to one day travel to different countries that are in need, learn more about their culture, arts, and give back to those in need through missionary work and art.




Diane Burkholder- curator (she/her)

Diane Burkholder (she/her) is Black mixed-race, queer equity consultant and community organizer, who considers herself Half Midwesterner / Half Californian. She is the founder of The DB Approach, providing anti-oppression and social justice facilitation, coaching, and training to NPOs, universities, arts organizations, and healthcare facilities. Diane co-founded One-Struggle KC, a Movement for Black Lives affiliated organization, as well as the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition, which focuses on improving the state’s HIV-criminalization laws. When not chasing sunsets, she lives under the rule of her cat, Rosa (Parks). [email protected] @thedbapproach

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