Off the Easel: An Exploration of Diversity in the Arts in Kansas City

“The starship Enterprise was a metaphor for starship Earth, and the vision was that the strength of this starship lay in its diversity.”

— George Takei

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” 
— Maya Angelou

Two prominent authors from diverse cultures, sharing their thoughts on the importance of diversity as the strength of our communities.  

We are delighted to introduce our blog series on diversity in Kansas City’s vibrant arts scene.  In this series, we will explore the many cultures, ethnicities, genders, and religions that influence art in our local neighborhoods. However, we all know that visual art is not created in a vacuum, but in a world that also includes food, music, clothing, literature, and traditions.  Let’s explore the power of all these elements to transcend boundaries and connect people from all walks of life. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a curious soul, or simply seeking inspiration in all these areas, this series is for you.

We are excited to share with you the names and faces of our Kansas City neighbors who have created the sights, sounds, textures, aromas, and stories that make our city the “rich tapestry” that is our home. In upcoming installments, you can expect to meet Amado Espinoza, a Bolivian composer, performer, and maker of exquisite instruments.  You’ll hear the story of Bassim Sabawi’s journey from Baghdad to Kansas City. We’ll learn how Remy Abigail developed her line of RAW Art Acrylic Paint. So many stories! 

By embracing the multitude of cultures, ethnicities, genders, and religions represented in the arts of Kansas City, we can foster a more inclusive and harmonious society. So, let’s open our hearts and minds to the beauty of diversity and embark on this enlightening adventure together.