Arts and Culture

Looking to enjoy some local art? See our Exhibitions.

This popular meet-up includes a potluck dinner and group discussion about cookbooks, cooking and, of course, food. Each month features a specific nationality or type of cuisine, with discussion led by special guest speakers who are food professionals. You can share new or favorite dishes, test others’ creations, learn about new expert techniques and discuss food with other foodies.

January: Roasted with Maps Coffee
February: Shopping in bulk with Bulk It
March: New York-style foods with The Antler Room
April: Animal themed food puns with Three Dog Bakery

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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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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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