Active Centurions: LUC - Rethinking the Community Role of Art Museums to Broaden Inclusion

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Name: Active Centurions: LUC - Rethinking the Community Role of Art Museums to Broaden Inclusion
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CST
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Event Description:
This event is open to Centurions Actives Only.

Casey Claps – Manager, Strategy & Planning at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Saralyn Hardy – Director of Spencer Museum of Art

Saralyn Hardy, Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art on Kansas University’s campus, will moderate a conversation with Casey Claps, Manager of Strategy & Planning at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Casey has been the primary force and mind behind many of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s recent and brilliant initiatives: Art Mini-Golf, the purchase and preservation of the Tivoli Cinema, Thou Mayest Coffee (formerly Quay Coffee) in the Bloch Building. These efforts have reoriented the Nelson-Atkins’ relationship to the community. By broadening the ways in which the Nelson-Atkins interacts with the community, Casey has broadened the inclusion and community-ownership of the Nelson-Atkins. Casey’s continued work at the Nelson-Atkins is redefining the role we see for an art museum in our community.
Saralyn is highly regarded within the national arts community as a visionary among visionaries. As the founding director of the Salina Art Center, Saralyn developed strategic partnerships to bring innovative exhibits of international-quality to rural Kansas. Her accomplishments and growth brought her to the attention of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where she was appointed the Director of Museums and Visual Arts. Invested in 2015 as the first Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art, Saralyn led a major renovation of the museum, finished in October, 2016, and reshaped its role with the student body and surrounding community. She has commissioned new works of art to broaden the diversity of artists’ voices, established an international Artist-In Residence Program, and partnered to establish an interdisciplinary venture: The Commons, which is described as “a catalyst for unconventional thinking, interdisciplinary inquiry, and unexpected discoveries across the sciences, arts, and humanities.” Hardy is described as a role model for many art professionals and has made a concerted effort to mentor young women into leadership roles in art institutions.
Greenwood Social Hall is the home of event space of area artist, Peregrine Honig. A San Francisco native and Kansas City Art Institute graduate, Peregrine’s work is internationally recognized and included in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and 21c Museum Hotel. A former Baptist church, the Greenwood Social Hall has become a fixture in Kansas City’s creative scene, fostering creative experimentation in theater, jazz, and the visual arts.
Greenwood Social Hall
1750 Belleview Ave
Kansas City, MO
Date/Time Information:
Thursday Dec 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Reception w/ drinks
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Speaker
Contact Information:
Lindsay Jarquio
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