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    Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep) proudly presents the world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. FastHorse is dedicated to showcasing other Native American artists in conjunction with presentations of her work. Prior to the show on Saturday, May 27th, Maura Garcia will present a specially remounted version of “Ahwi sgv sgo’i ” at 7:30pm, in the Copaken Stage lobby, 1 H&R Block Way Kansas City, MO 64105.

    Originally from North Carolina, Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer/choreographer who uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and the rhythms of the natural world. Ahwisgvsgo’i means, “she is always planting” in the Cherokee language and explores southeastern growing traditions and our relationship with the powerful elements that make the growing cycle possible. The May 27th pre-show performance of Ahwisgvsgo’i takes place by an indoor waterfall and features newly constructed installations.

    Directed by Sam Pinkleton, “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” is the tale of twin siblings, the last members of their tribe, who have just lost their grandfather when the KKK comes knocking with hopes of forming an alliance. A chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. “This play fights against what I call ‘eracism’, or the attempt to erase the humanity of Native peoples. I am thrilled to present my choreography before such an important and compelling work. It is quite an honor,” says Garcia.

    The pre-show dance performance is free and open to the public. Marissa Wolf, KCRep Director of New Works/Associate Artist describes Maura Garcia’s work as “layered, muscular, and surprising. In particular, her open, raw, emotional presence inside the movement is breathtaking…She offers a vivid and lively connection to Indigenous cultures within a contemporary lens.”

    For further information about Maura Garcia, please visit her website at www.mauragarciadance.com or email her at mauragarciadance@gmail.com.

    For more information about What Would Cr azy Horse Do? and to purchase tickets for the play, please visit http://kcrep.org/show/what-would-crazy-horse-do# or contact the box office at 816-235-2700.

     

    The Cherry Pit Collective is pleased to announce available studio spaces. Cherry Pit Collective is a communal studio space for artists, makers and creatives in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.


    Where: 604 E 31 ST, KCMO. Located at 31st and Cherry, near Filling Station, Maker Village, Oddities Prints and Two Tone Press.


    Who:  The building houses 8 – 12 members, who work together to support and promote each other through shared equipment, skill sharing, classes and collaborative works. The collective is diverse, and includes artists and makers working in painting, quilting, hand papermaking, graphic design, fabric dyeing, printmaking and ceramics.

    Studio Details:

    • Studios start at $200/month and increase depending on the amount of space desired

    • 3 month minimum commitments.

    • Membership fees include utilities, Wi-Fi, security and basic insurance

    • Members have unlimited 24/7 access to the space

    • Exposed brick warehouse building with 30ft ceilings

    • Skylight and solar panels on the roof, with huge glass facade

    • HVAC for comfortable working conditions year round

    • Shared double bathroom, lounge and kitchenette

    • Shared large table space for collaboration, meetings, consultations, and teaching

    • Open studio events, classes and other special events

    How to Apply: Apply by May 31, 2017. An application form is available, as well as full details about the space at http://www.cherrypitcollective.com/become-a-member

    The Scarritt Renaissance Creative Concourse Committee is seeking Kansas City-based artists to assist and collaborate in an innovative creative placemaking project for The Concourse Park located in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood of the Historic Northeast community in Kansas City, Missouri. This effort is made possible in part by a grant from LISC and the Kresge Foundation to support the integration of arts and culture into community development . The submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

    To find out more information on the project click here.

    ArtsKC is seeking to commission a Kansas City artist to create 6 works of art to present to metro-area businesses and individuals in recognition of their leadership in the arts. The event is attended by over 1,000 leaders in the arts business and civic community.
    Awards Commission:
    $6,000 for 6 works of art
    Centerpiece Commission:
    $4,000 for 100 table centerpieces in the spirit of the award design. Collaborations and edition pieces are welcome. Objects should be approximately 14″ in height with a base of no more than 12″.
    Submission Instructions:
    Artwork may be 2- or 3-dimensional in nature and must be appropriate for the business setting. Because the awards will be exhibited together at the Luncheon, the 6 works of art should be similar in nature (i.e., part of the same series), but not necessarily identical.
    To be considered for review, each artist must upload the following information atArtsKC.org/Awards:
    1. Professional resume
    2. Brief description of the work
    3. Digital images of previous work
    4. Digital images of sketches or maquettes of proposed awards commission
    5. Digital images of sketches or maquettes of proposed centerpiece commission
    Questions:
    If you have questions please contact Erinn Faulconer at Faulconer@ArtsKC.org. Additional information can be found at ArtsKC.org/Awards.