UMKC supports “Her Art Project”

Events raise awareness of women’s unique contributions to the arts

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Women’s Center is sponsoring “Her Art Project,” a campus and community-wide effort that supports the accomplishments of local women artists.

The Project is in collaboration with numerous UMKC campus and community supporters, and the goal is to support Kansas City women artists in all disciplines and promote equity by raising awareness of their challenges.

“Through advocacy, education and support, our programs and services address issues relevant to women,” said Arzie Umali, Assistant Director, UMKC Women’s Center. “We take action to ensure that women are valued, recognized and celebrated for their artistic contributions.”

Three events highlighting the artists’ works are below:

Quilting Workshops with Nedra Bonds

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 5 & April 9

University Center, Room 106, 5000 Holmes St.

Fee: $35 for one workshop; $60 for both

Bonds received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant to conduct the workshops. At each, participants will keep one of the two 12X12″ quilt squares they make, and Bonds will include the other in a quilt commemorating the UMKC Women’s Center 40th anniversary. The fee includes fabric and supplies, and registration is required. Contact the Women’s Center or 816-253-1638 for more information. Workshops are co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City and the ArtsKC Fund.

“Who Does She Think She Is? – A Group Art Exhibit”

6-9 p.m., April 1 – May 13

First Fridays Openings: April 1 and May 6

Event Space at JavaPort, 208 W. 19th St.

This group art exhibit features the works of local artists, who share the challenge of their creative existence while being pulled in different directions to meet the demands of artistic fulfillment, relationships, motherhood and economic survival. Co-sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Co., Charlotte Street Foundation, Event Space at JavaPort, Mattie Rhodes Center, Moxie Catering, OfficePort KC, Pistol Threads, Spaces Magazine, STUFF, UMKC Conservatory of Dance and Music and UMKC Women’s and Gender Studies.

Artist Salon: The State of Women in the Arts in Kansas City

6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. discussion, Wednesday, April 27

UMKC Chancellor’s Residence, 5106 Cherry St.

Join the discussion or listen as local women artists, musicians, performers, arts educators and arts professionals discuss the current state of women in the arts in Kansas City. Hosted by artist Sonie Ruffin. Discussion moderated by Renee Blanche, host of Night Tides on KCUR, 89.3 FM.

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit Her Art: Kansas City Women in the Arts. For additional information, contact the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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