"I am an invisible man...I am a man of substance, of flesh
and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I
am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
-Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
KC Black Arts Network is an advocate of local artists of color. It supports the local black artist community by:
- Identifying Local Artists through its Online Artist Directory
- Promoting Artists' Work with Social Media & Advocacy
- Cultivating Relationships through Sponsored Events "experiences" that engage artists and art enthusiasts i.e. studio visits, art talks, exhibitions ect...
The KC area has a long list of luminaries of color that have made wonderful contributions to the greater metropolitan area and beyond, notables such as:
visual artist Gordon Parks, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, band leader and pianist Jay McShan, pianist Marylou Williams, musician Coleman Hawkins, band leader Count Basie, master sculpture Ed Dwight, tenor saxophonist Lester Young and poet/activist Langston Hughes etc...
jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, band leader Marcus Miller, soprano Roberta Gumbel, vocalist Janelle Monae, vocalists Oleta Adams and Darcus Gates, textile artists Nedra Bonds and Sonie Joi Thompson-Ruffin, musicians Norman Brown, Hermon Mehari, Eddie Moore, Isaac Cates, 18th Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North, entertainers The McFadden Brothers, rapper Tech N9ine, chefs Shanita Bryant(Magnolia's On the Move), John Smith(EJ's Urban Eatery) and Anita Moore(Soiree New Orleans Bistro) ect...
Kansas City is oozing with talented black artists in EVERY discipline. Creating the KC Black Arts Network is one way to support this community.
- Ramona E. Davis, Founder