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UMKC’s Weekly arts, sports and culture roundup

Every week, the University of Missouri-Kansas City offers an array of on-campus activities. It’s nothing new. UMKC has a long legacy of hosting countless culturally enriching events. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse. The influence of UMKC-based and UMKC-trained alumni extends well beyond the campus’ edge, so their activities are listed here as well.

Featured Event: “Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act:
A Living History of the Fight for Educational Equality”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and Michigan State School of Law are sponsoring a truly historic gathering at UMKC on April 10 and 11. “Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act” will bring together litigants, attorneys, and others who were involved in the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the passage of the 1964 Civil Right Act, and the ongoing struggle for diversity and equality in education spanning the 60 years since the Brown decision.

“Pursuing the Dreams” will provide the audience an unparalleled interaction with those who made history in the struggle for educational equality. Nationally known experts and community leaders will expand the perspective and add another dimension to those interactions. The symposium will also be an opportunity to look forward to the challenges that remain.

All symposium sessions, including The Joseph Cohen Lecture: Reflections on Brown, are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Please check the program link for session times and locations.

Friday, April 4 – Thursday, April 10

What: Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act:  A Living History of the Fight for Educational Equality.
Where:  E. E. Thompson Courtroom at the UMKC School of Law, 500 E. 52nd St.;  and Pierson Auditorium inside Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St.; Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11.
It’s free. Please check the program link for session times and locations.

What: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
Where: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 6.
Get more information on the Kansas City Repertory Theatre website.

What:  Forever Young Singers and the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Where:  UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, 4th floor.
When:  1 p.m. Monday, April 7.
It’s free. More information can be found at, or by calling (816)-235-2799.

What:  Design Speaks series, with Megan Stephens and Nicole Satterwhite of Willoughby Designs.
Where:  UMKC Fine Arts Building, Room 106, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When:  4 pm Monday, April 7.
It’s free.

What: Women’s softball. Come watch the Roos take on[MJ1]  the Jayhawks.  Tickets are $5.00, children three and under are free.
Where: Missouri 3&2 Complex, 9600 Blue River Road, Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 8.
Get more information at (816) 23-KCTIX.

What: Cockefair Chair lecture:  “Why Everything You Think You Know About the Great War is Wrong.”
Where: Pierson Auditorium, inside the Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St.; Kansas City, Mo.
When:   7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.
The event is free, but reservations are requested. Please call (816)-235-6222 or reserve online.

What: The New Theatre Restaurant presents, “Miracle on South Division Street,” a comedy by Tom Dudzick.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster, Overland Park, Kan.
When: April 9 through June 15.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented in 2012 with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences.
Get more information on the New Theatre website.

What:  Intramural Soccer Thursday Night LeagueClub-level play provides action at its finest.
Where: Swinney Recreation Center – Durwood Stadium.
When: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, April 10.
It’s free. More information is available here.

What: UMKC’s Gallery of Art is currently featuring Jorge García Almodóvar’s “en bloc.” Almodóvar’s work is driven by his belief in simplicity of expression.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, 204 Fine Arts Building, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through April 11.It’s free. Get more information through UMKC’s press release.

A list of First Fridays special events follows:

What:  Presence in Touch, MA thesis exhibition by UMKC Studio Art student Liz Black.
Where: Beco Gallery, 1922 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  April 4 through April 25.
It’s free.

What:  New World Currency, solo exhibition by UMKC Studio Art and Art History student Christel Highland.
Where:  MLB Designs, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
When:   April 4 through April 30.
It’s free.

What:  Two-person exhibition featuring Ron Anderson, UMKC Studio Art student.
The exhibit launches the opening of Farm to Market Breads new art space, and a raffle will be held to benefit Healthy Rivers Partnership and the Rose Brooks Center.
Where:  Hearth Gallery Art Space, 100 E. 20th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  April 4 through April 30.
It’s free.

What:  The Center is a Moving Target, exhibition of 12 artists, including Ricky Allman, UMKC Associate Professor of Studio Art and Painting, and Garry Noland, Art History BA alum.
Where:  Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 West 19th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  April 4 through August 1.
It’s free.

What:  Product launch for Ocean & Sea, an online art project of J. Brendan O’Shaughnessy and Amanda O’Shaughnessy, UMKC Studio Art alumni.
Where:  The West Side Storey,  1701 Summit, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Friday evening, April 4.
It’s free.

What:  Illuminated, a photography and multimedia exhibition of the work of Lacy Voight and international HALO youth, co-curated by Sara Camiscioni, UMKC Art History student.
Where:  OutPost Worldwide, 1919 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
When:  Friday, April 4 through May 1.
It’s free.

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