Healing Arts Workshop: Defining Boundaries

By Thea VoutiritsasHealing-Arts_Defining-Boundaries

We’re just one week away from our first Healing Arts Workshop! Join us on Wednesday, January 27th for art-making activities designed to transform and empower you. We will be in the Miller Nichols Learning Center Lobby, 800 East 51st St. from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Asking

By Danielle Lyons

AmandaPalmer_liveAmanda Palmer got her start in the music industry in an indie band called, The Dresden Dolls. She has since been involved with many musical collaborations; her most successful endeavor being Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra. In her career, she is notorious for doing spontaneous performances that are completely free to the public. An integral part of her career has been being accessible and in close contact with her fans.

After leaving her record label, she started a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise money for a record, an art book and a tour. She made the conscious decision to give away her music for free. Instead of forcing them to pay, she asked them for their help in funding her current projects. Her ability to ask for help is what made this Kickstarter campaign a huge success. She raised 1.2 million dollars; the largest music crowd funding to date. She later delivered a speech at a TEDtalk event called, The Art of Asking. Later on she released a book by the same name, which since has reached The New York Times Best Sellers List.

Wiki Women Artists Edit-A-Thon at UMKC

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On Saturday, November 7th, come join us for our Wiki Women Artists Edit-A-Thon! The afternoon will be dedicated to adding more female artists to Wikipedia. No experience necessary. Light snacks will be provided. Free parking on Saturday. Please bring your own laptop. You can find us in the Miller Nichols Library iX theater from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information about the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon movement, check out Art+Feminism.

Please create your own Wikipedia account before attending the event! Wikipedia does not allow more than five users to create an account under the same IP address in the same day. After creating an account, you can register here:

Click “Edit.” Next to the asterisk (bullet) at the bottom of the list, type a tilde (~) 4 times to sign your name. Then, click “Save” at the bottom of the page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is co-sponsored by the UMKC Department of Art & Art History and UMKC Graduate Art History Association.

Upcoming event: Her Art Project Network Reception

By Thea Voutiristsas

Coming up on Thursday, October 8th from 4:30 – 6:00PM is the Her Art Project Networking Reception. It is co-sponsored by the Graduate Art History Association and the UMKC Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center. Join local artist and art lovers for networking and conversations about supporting women in the arts in Kansas City at The Drop Bar & Bistro, located at 409 E. 51st St. KCMO. Appetizers will be served. Cash Bar.

We hope to see you there!

For more information on this or other Women’s Center events, or more information on the Her Art Project please visit our website. You can like us on Facebook (UMKC Her Art Project, UMKC Women’s Center) and follow us on Twitter as well.

Plaza Art Fair

For more than eight decades, the Plaza Art Fair has provided a weekend for people to come together and celebrate the arts. This year the Plaza Art Fair will be held Friday, September 25, through Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Plaza Art Fair will encompass nine street blocks, feature 240 artists, have three live music stages, and over 23 featured restaurant booths. IMG_0929 - Copy

Are you thinking of checking out the Plaza Art Fair this year? If so, stop by the UMKC booth in the Experience ArtsKC area and find out about arts programs at UMKC, including the Her Art Project that supports women in the arts. The UMKC booth is sponsored by the UMKC Women’s Center, the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance – Community Music & Dance Academy, UMKC Department of Art and Art History, and ArtsKC Regional Arts Council. We hope to see you there!

Friday, 9/25:  5pm -10pm
Saturday, 9/26: 10am -10pm
Sunday. 9/27: 11am – 5pm

Busy Week at the Women’s Center!

080-cropBy Kacie Otto

It’s been an eventful week at the UMKC Women’s Center! This week, we wrapped Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Denim Day visual displays on the Quad and at the Hospital Hill Residence Hall. We also had a tabling even in the quad where students could decorate denim squares to illustrate their commitment to taking a stand against sexual violence.

We recognize Denim Day because an 18 year old woman was raped by her driving instructor in Italy. He was found to be innocent because the victim’s jeans were too tight for him to have taken them off without assistance. At the Women’s Center, we say this is wrong and that all victims of sexual assault should be listened to and believed. We stand in solidarity with this victim and others by wearing denim to work on April 29.

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Coming up tonight, the Her Art project will be at the Crossroads for First Friday. Stop by to create your own ‘Stepping Stone’ Art piece and learn more about empowering women in the Kansas City Art community.

Thank you for all of your support! We’re looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Maddie Ziegler

Image Sourced Via Creative Commons through Google Images

Image Sourced Via Creative Commons through Google Images

By Rocky Richards

I’m certain almost everyone had their eyes glued to the television last Sunday for the 2015 Grammys! I mean did you see Sia’s Chandelier performance? For so long many have drooled over the song and the video. I’m sure many have wondered who that captivating young dancer is. Everyone meet Maddie Ziegler.

Maddie Ziegler was born on September 30, 2002 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Many may know her from the Chandelier video, but Maddie started her career with the Abby Lee Dance Company which was made famous by the reality show Dance Moms. Even though Abby is constantly perfecting Maddie’s work we all can see how far she’s pushing her! Maddie not only trains in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz and aerial dance but she is also a model, actress, and fashion designer.

I think that it’s very important that we push our girls to go after their dreams at a young age, no matter what people would think about that. Maddie was two years old when she found herself dancing. Now, because of the support of her parents she has performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing with the Stars, Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Bowl and many more. We have to teach children the importance of arts at a young age and expose children to their dreams at a young age so that when they grow up there they won’t feel defeated by the box society tries to put them in. Here’s to Maddie for continuing to chase after her dreams at just 12 years old! Let’s support all girls chasing after their dreams!

Vagina Monologues to be Staged at UMKC!

2015-VDAY-posterBy Kacie Otto and Kemora Williams

Name of Event: The Vagina Monologues

Date and Time: February 10, 2015 at 7pm

Location: UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry Street

Admission charge: $10 for students, $20 for non-students in advance and $15 for students, $25 for non-students at the door.

Parking information: Parking will be available on the fifth floor of the Cherry St. Parking Garage

Coming up on February 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., the Women’s Center is sponsoring a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. Funds raised from the event will support the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and VDay’s 2015 spotlight campaign, One Billion Rising. The Vagina Monologues will be held at the UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry Street. However tickets are required for this event, which you can purchase online at or by calling 816-235-6222. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information, visit our VDay website. The Vagina Monologues is sure to be an empowering performance and we hope to see you there! What better way to support both the campus and community!

Shrink Your Stress!

Source: Google Images Through Creative Commons

Source: Google Images Through Creative Commons

By Jesse Bihlmeyer

Yikes! Thanksgiving break has come and gone – now, it’s almost finals week. I’ve been studying, cramming, and spending countless hours immersed in my books in order to come out of finals on top. The multitude of finals, essays, and projects swamp us students in stress – making this time incredibly difficult to manage social, personal, and interpersonal relationships.

But at the Women’s Center, we facilitated an art workshop as a way to help students balance the pressure of finals with the pressures of life. On the December 5, 2014 we created shrink art and self-care coupons and asked students to join. We made shrink art (Shrinky Dinks) for a relaxation session that people deserved. People had the opportunity to take all of their wonderful de-stress ideas and create them on shrink art to prepare themselves for the hectic end of the semester.

This was a chance to think about something happy, something relaxing, and was also something that students could give themselves – which they did not need to buy. In addition, people had the opportunity to design self-care coupons they can give to themselves (or others) during finals week to take a break from the stress- it may have been a break from studying, a bath, free T.V. time, a long chat with a friend, or quiet time! It’s important to remember that part of being a successful student means making time for yourself.

Still I Ask, What About Her Art?

picBy DeDe Jones

Towards the beginning of the semester, I wrote a blog entitled, “What about Her Art?” In my blog I expressed how women artists are underrepresented compared to men artists. 51% of visual artists today are women. Even though this is a bit over half, female representation in U.S. art galleries is just 13%! Yes, I am an artist, a young artist, but still a woman artist. So I can relate to this underrepresentation that continues to affect women artists. A lot of people are recognized for the great things they do, which is good, but why not do that for everyone, like women artists?

Well to make a change in this underrepresentation, as a Her Art Project intern at the Women’s Center, I decided to put on a showcase of women artists right here on campus! As I stated in my previous blog, there are fifteen people in my current painting class, two men and THIRTEEN women! So, we are clearly here, we’re just not being recognized and valued like we should. Well, on Wednesday December 3, 2014, that’s going to change. On that day from 11 am-1 pm on the Jazzman’s stage in the Student Union, there will be a showcase of artwork created by the women artists in the Art & Art History department. Support your campus and help these women feel valued and supported by checking out their work. There will also be opportunities to win some prizes for being quizzed on your knowledge of women in the arts. So, what about Her Art you ask? We can tell you at our showcase!

For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638.