Public Programs: Free Admission

UNFRAME*— FILMS @ NOON (*TO BREAKDOWN, TAKE APART, DISRUPT)

1st THURSDAYS, 12 PM
APRIL 6
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us for special film screenings curated by the Emmy-nominated Director and Coastline Children’s Film Festival Curator, Leslie Sullivan.  A brief introduction and discussion after each film will be facilitated by Leslie Sullivan, KAC Curator of Exhibitions Tami Miller, or a guest filmmaker.



APRIL 6: DEAF JAM 2011 (53 min) 
ASL poetry changes Aneta Brodski's life. Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics as Aneta finds herself in an unexpected collaboration. In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet - creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.
“Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics...Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing.” Barbara Pokras, A.C.E. - Woodstock Film Festival.

EXHIBITION RELATED EVENTS

APRIL 14 - JUNE 25
REFLECTIONS: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE FROM THE MYRNA COLLEY-LEE COLLECTION
IN THE ARTLAB: ZINE READING ROOM

       
"Untitled" (c. 1969) by Charles White                         Zines

OPENING PARTY
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 • 6 – 8 PM
Join Luz Magdaleno, organizer of Brown & Proud Press, at 6 PM in the KAC Library to learn about the DIY culture of zines and the important work they accomplish. A selection of Brown & Proud Press zines will be for sale during the event. Live music, small bites and a cash bar will provide a unique and elegant evening to celebrate the opening of "Reflections" and the Zine Reading Room.

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
MONDAY, APRIL 17 • 9 AM
Join KAC curator Tami Miller for an intimate tour in the galleries. Discover the narratives and historical significance of the artworks on view and information about the artists who made them.

SPECIAL SCREENING OF RUBY BRIDGES - BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
TUESDAY, APRIL 4 • 2 PM
Youth are invited to watch a special spring break screening of the movie Ruby Bridges at the Benton Harbor Public Library (1hr 30 min). Discussion and hands on art making activities led by a KAC faculty artist will follow.

LECTURE BY BELINDA TATE
TUESDAY, MAY 2 • 6 PM
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Executive Director Belinda Tate will speak about the significance of the Reflections exhibition. Tate served as Director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem University, one of the nation’s top African American art galleries, for 15 years.

FAMILY DAY: ART & STORIES
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 • 11 AM
Youth are invited to wear their favorite outfits. Fancy drinks and snacks served, The Story of Ruby Bridges will be read, and a hands-on art making activity will take place in the lobby.

GEORGE KRASL MEMORIAL CONCERT
TUESDAY, MAY 2 • 7 PM
Performer Ivan Akansiima, from Hope College Jazz Arts Collective, will explore African American music in a variety of styles. This concert is presented in memory of George Krasl. Donations appreciated.

FAMILY DAYS

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SATURDAYS, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Stop by the KAC art galleries for coffee, snacks, and art activities.  Fun for the whole family!

APRIL 15: ART & STORIES
Families are invited to an exhibition reception in the KAC galleries specially designed for youth.  Special snacks and beverages will be served.  The Story of Ruby Bridges will be read and connections between it and the art on view will be made.  A hands-on art activity for youth will be featured in the lobby.
 

COMMUNITY STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and the Krasl Art Center work together to present two amazing student art shows, one for elementary students and one for middle school and high school students. These art shows allow local students to exhibit their artwork in a professional venue and have it viewed by hundreds of people in our communities. 

Elementary Art Exhibition
Location: Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI
Reception with the Artists: Saturday, March 11, 12-2 pm
Art will be on view March 11-March 25

Middle and High School Exhibition
Location: Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI
Reception with the Artists: Tuesday, April 11, 6-8 pm
Art will be on view April 8-April 29

PECHAKUCHA

THURSDAY, MARCH 23
7 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM
THE LIVERY, 190 5th STREET, BENTON HARBOR
$3 SUGGESTED DONATION
If you want to be inspired by the talent, creativity and passion in our local community, PechaKucha is the event for you.  Japanese for “chit chat,” PechaKucha is a concise presentation format of 20 slides for 20 seconds each (total 6 min 40 sec), where community members share their experiences and creative projects.  You never know what to expect, but be prepared to laugh, cry and have fun.  For more information, like the PechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Facebook page.