“Rise and Dream” Film Screening


Coming up on Wednesday, September 18, the Women’s Center is sponsoring a “Rise and Dream” Film Screening at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the screening starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join UMKC alumnus Barclay Martin for a screening of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) documentary film “Rise and Dream,” featuring Martin’s music and the story of 13 teenagers living in the Philippines. The teens accept a challenge to learn their own cultural instruments to perform on the biggest stage of their lives. The screening will be preceded by live music and followed by a question and answer session.

To RSVP to the event online, please click here.

This event is co-sponsored by CFCA and the Kansas City Public Library.

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Tickets! Get Your UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala Tickets Now!

By Courtney Neaveill

A buzz is in the air as the UMKC Women’s Center is preparing for its biggest event yet! TOMORROW at 7PM we will kick off our 40th Anniversary Gala Event! After days, weeks, months, and dare I say years of planning the members of the UMKC student body, staff, and faculty will come together with the Kansas City community to celebrate a momentous occasion. Over the past forty years, the UMKC Women’s Center has advocated, educated, and provided support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. Tomorrow’s gala gives the Women’s Center a chance to thank the hundreds of community members who have been active in our events and services throughout the years. Likewise, it will also give everyone who has been involved with the Women’s Center a chance to come together for an evening of music, fun, and, celebration!

For the event tomorrow, the UMKC Women’s Center commissioned a song in honor of the 40th Anniversary. Written by local singer/songwriter Barclay Martin, the Barclay Martin Ensemble will perform the premiere of “So Beautiful.”

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In addition to performances by the Barclay Martin Ensemble tomorrow evening, you can also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and have fun in the photobooth.

YOU will not want to miss this event! YOU still have the chance to register for tickets online until 5PM this evening. Tickets are $65 and STUDENTS TICKETS ARE $20! Click HERE to purchase tickets!

We understand that never everyone will be able to purchase tickets by 5PM this evening and therefore we will be accepting walk-in registrations at the door tomorrow, Friday April 20th!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

All proceeds benefit the UMKC Women’s Center’s programs and services. For more information or with questions, contact us at 816.235.1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center! http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

“So Beautiful” Preview

As regular readers of this blog go by now, the UMKC Women’s Center commissioned a song in honor of our 40th Anniversary. Written by local singer/songwriter Barclay Martin and recorded by the Barclay Martin Ensemble, the full song will be premiered at our Gala on April 20. In the meantime, please enjoy this sneak preview.

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Help us Celebrate our 40th Anniversary!

By Brenda Bethman

As regular readers of this blog know by now, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. We’ve held four events between October 2011 and March 2012, but we’ve saved the best for last — the UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala, coming up on April 20, 2012, 7 p.m. at the River Market Event Place. You won’t want to miss this, as Barclay Martin explains in this video:


Hope to see you in April!

Water, Women, a Concert, and Ongoing Projects

Regular readers of the Women’s Center calendar might have noticed a recent community event posted and wondered what it was doing there. Our calendar postings traditionally focus on women’s-centered events so the listing for the upcoming CD Release Concert by the Barclay Martin Ensemble may have seemed out of place. What does a concert put on by an all-male band have to do with the Women’s Center?

The connection comes through Barclay Martin Ensemble’s newly-formed partnership with the Kansas City-based organization water.org. A portion of proceeds from their new album, Pools That Swell With the Rain, and merchandise, along with designated donations from sponsors, will help fund new wells, sanitation infrastructure and health education in the Kyuso District of Kenya. That project will benefit women as they are the ones who shoulder most of the burden of getting clean water, as noted in an article on Alternet:

“The daily task of carrying water over distances is back-breaking work for women. In rural Africa, women commonly walk 10 kilometers a day to a water source and back — and twice that distance in the dry season. Often, women carry loads of up to 50 lbs on the head, hip, or back. Over time, the strain can deform the spine and pelvis, causing extreme pain and disability. A more immediate worry for many women and girls is the threat of sexual attack as they venture far from home in search of water.”

In other words, water rights are women’s rights and that is naturally something the Women’s Center can and should support. The CD Release Concert will be held on September 24 at the Folly Theater — your ticket will help bring clean water to the women (and men) of Kenya. Additionally, we are working with water.org and the Barclay Martin Ensemble on ways that UMKC students, staff, and faculty will be able to get involved and continue to support this project, so please watch this space for details.

[Photo from water.org Flickr]