"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
- Supporting/Promoting Artists' Work with Social Media Updates and an eNewsletter
- Cultivating/Building Relationships through Sponsored Events "experiences" that engage artists and art enthusiasts i.e. studio visits, art talks, exhibitions ect...
KC has a long list of luminaries of color that have made wonderful contributions to the city, notables such as:
artist Gordon Parks, jazz musicians Charlie Parker, musician Jay McShan, musician Marylou Williams, musician Coleman Hawkins, musician Count Basie, master sculpture Ed Dwight, and poet Langston Hughes
jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, soprano Roberta Gumbel, vocalists Janelle Monae, vocalists Oleta Adams and Darcus Gates, textile artists Nedra Bonds and Sonie Joi Thompson-Ruffin, musician Isaac Cates, poets Glenn North and Nastasha El Scari, entertainers The McFadden Brothers, chefs Shanita Bryant and John Smith
the list goes on...
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