Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art with Hip Hop Groove

Who:       Kansas City Art Institute and DeLaSalle students

What:     Painting to hip-hop and bluegrass music (live music by Gerald Trimble)

When:    3:20 p.m. May 5

Where:  Arts Incubator, 113 W. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Contact:  Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 (office) or 816-210-8204 (cell) or Theo Bunch, 816-457-2143 (cell)

There will be sounds of hip-hop fused with bluegrass, a huge tarp and college and high school students painting to the music, using big paintbrushes and multi-colored paints. This art “happening” begins at 3:20 p.m. May 5 (Thursday) at the Arts Incubator, 113 W. 18th St.  Leading the activity will be Theo Bunch, a senior majoring in sculpture and creative writing at KCAI, and Shaun Teamer, a junior majoring in animation at KCAI, who are collaborating with KCAI’s Black Artists’ Culture and Community group and students from DeLaSalle Education Center. The event is part of ArtPlay, an activity within KCAI’s Community Arts and Service Learning program. The May 5 event is also part of America Now and Here, a national traveling art experience that is set to open May 6 in Kansas City. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/arts/design/eric-fischls-america-now-and-here-project.html)  The artwork the students create on May 5 will be available for a public-participation event after 5:30 p.m. May 6, during First Friday in the Crossroads Arts District. Gallerygoers can go to the Arts Incubator, where they will be invited to pick up a brush and paint any remaining blank areas of the tarp.

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