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Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
269-349-1035 blackartskalamazoo.org

October 2018

October Art Hop

Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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The Black Arts & Cultural Center will feature abstract works from local artists Anthony Fitzpatrick, Jimoh Bibilomo, Najawon Wilson and Larry Reed. Come check out the exhibit this Friday October 5th during #ArtHop

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Preserving Our History

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Preserving our History with Sabrina Pritchett-Evans

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January 2019

January Art Hop

Friday, January 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Immeasurable Numbness explores responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, the existence of other social issues alongside police brutality, and oppressive silencing. The purpose of this art project was to create an interactive atmosphere for people to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement. Protests often repel people and I hoped artwork could draw people into the discussion who normally avoid topics of race, oppression, and privilege. You may watch how the day unfolded in this video.  

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MLK Documentary Viewing

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Please join us at the Gail Sydnor Gallery to view Martin Luther King Jr Documentaries.

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February 2019

February Art Hop

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Explore Black Love & Relationships

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Black History Game Night

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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$5.00

Game on! We are kicking off a family friendly game night with a Family Feud like head to head battle of wits that tests your knowledge of black history, black media, black art, black culture, and the black experience. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Members have free admission, please bring card or get tickets in your members area.

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Black History Brown Bag: Sammy Davis Jr

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Sammy Davis Jr. was born in 1925 in New York City. His father was a black man and his mother was a Puerto Rican dancer. Stepping foot on stage at the age of three, Sammy Davis Jr. became known as the greatest entertainer in the world. What made him stand out among the rest was his ability to please audiences. His electrifying stage performances endeared people to him. They absolutely loved being around Sammy because he made them feel good.…

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2019 New Year Celebration

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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We look forward to showing you innovative and exciting new developments our organization is rolling out this year on Tuesday February 12th at 5:00 pm. We will have light refreshments, a small performance from Face Off Theatre Company and engaged conversation with our community. Thank you for your support of our work in the community. We look forward to discussing opportunities to continue the support and engagement this year.

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Black History Brown Bag: Colored Frames

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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A look back at the last fifty years in African American art, Colored Frames is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it is a naked and truthful look at often ignored artists and their progenies.

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Paint Party Fundraiser

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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This event is a fundraiser for the Black Arts & Cultural Center. 50% of sales are donated. Enjoy a paint party with bold colors and great music. Advanced purchase required. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Guests must be at least 21 to consume alcohol in the studio. You may also bring in your own food and non alcoholic beverage. Wine & Beer tasting will be provided. We reserve the right to ask for ID. Cancellation request must…

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Black History Brown Bag: The Black Panthers

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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The story of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

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Black History Brown Bag: Black Wall Street

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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The Tulsa race riot was a large-scale, racially motivated pogrom on May 31 and June 1, 1921, in which a group of whites attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Greenwood District, the wealthiest black community in the United States (now commonly referred to as "the Black Wall Street"), was burned to the ground. Over the course of 16 hours, more than 800 people were admitted to local white hospitals with injuries, the two black hospitals were burned down,…

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March 2019

March Art Hop

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Art for Change is a moving art exhibition produced by PRICEarts in collaboration with the Black Arts & Cultural Center geared towards the current generations Black Arts Movement. Past the point of picket signs and too expressive for hash tags, join us in creating an evening of truth historical to present.

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OBEY

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Nineteen-year-old Leon grew up without much attention from his alcoholic mother. Now old enough to be on his own, he rails against the injustice of his life until he meets a beautiful girl named Twiggy. His love for her lifts the weight of his past, but eventually, the hedonistic Twiggy no longer wants him in her life, and Leon's pain from the rejection leads to terrible consequences.

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April 2019

Food Vendor Informational

Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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PLEASE RSVP FOR NUMBER OF BUSINESSES NOT BY PERSONS Informational Agenda Check-in and Welcome 30 minute-Vending Technical Requirements presented by County Official 30 minutes-Food Vending techniques presented by Lucy Dilley (Will review some ideas around marketing/booth set up/packaging). 45 minutes-Vendor Round table & Best Practices. (Will be a Q & A session with experienced vendors) 15 minutes-Wrap up/Food Licence Applications and Vendor Application Informational Conditions: Informational is free Attendees agree to participate as a food vendor for BAF--must complete application…

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May 2019

Members Mingle

Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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May Art Hop join members in the Board Room for light snacks and drinks. Art for sale/bid will be available during the mingle. Art is also on exhibit in the Gail Sydnor Gallery. Members can enter $5 raffle to win tickets to see The Spring Quartet featuring Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Genovese on May 4th at 7:30pm in Kalamazoo.

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June 2019

Brown Bag: Best of Nipsey

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Enjoy Black Music Appreciation Month with the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles, California

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Brown Bag: The History of Funk Music

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Enjoy Black Music Appreciation Month with the Black Arts & Cultural Center. During the 1970s this fun, futuristic and freaky music changed the streets of America with its outrageous fashion, space-age vision and streetwise slang. But more than that, funk was a celebration of being black, providing a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle that was able to unite young black Americans into taking pride in who they were. Today, like blues and jazz, it is looked…

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Brown Bag: Prince

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Enjoy Black Music Appreciation Month with the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range.

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Brown Bag: The Truth About Women and Hip-Hop

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Enjoy Black Music Appreciation Month with the Black Arts & Cultural Center. A documentary exploring the issues and art of women hip hop artists, from the 1980s through 2010. Southern hip-hop is traditionally a male-dominated space — but that doesn't stop women like La Chat, Gangsta Boo and bbymutha, three rappers who unapologetically own their feminine identities in their lives and music to blaze a new trail. They represent the past, present and future of hip-hop, and empower a new wave…

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July 2019

New Play Series

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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$8 – $20.00

"Dreamin'" by Dr. Michelle Johnson: A comedic look at the lives of three women as they navigate careers, relationships and unexplored visions "A Ligature for Black Bodies" by Denise Miller: An attempt to confront the nation’s historical apathy through an elegiac chronicle of the indifferent, haphazard yet legal murder of Black people by the American values education taught not only to the criminal justice system, but to all of us "You're Gonna Learn Today" by Earlene McMichael: A journey of a teen girl whose "Black card" is…

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August 2019

August Art Hop

Friday, August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Date: August 2, 2019 Time: 5pm - 8pm Location: Gail Sydnor Gallery (359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 202, Kalamazoo, MI 49007) Cost: Free Description:  Art Hop is a free-of-charge, fun-filled evening of art exhibits and events in and around Kalamazoo. It takes place the first Friday of every month. This month the Gail Sydnor Gallery at the Black Arts & Cultural Center will be exhibiting Gregory King art works.  

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Western Michigan University Theatre August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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The first installment of Wilson's decade-by-decade, ten-play chronicle,The Pittsburgh Cycle,dramatizing the African-American experience in twentieth century.

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Chocolate Milk

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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CHOCOLATE MILK: THE DOCUMENTARY is an exploration of the racial divide in breastfeeding. Told through the narratives of three African American women: a new mother, a midwife and a WIC lactation educator, the film seeks to answer the longstanding question of why more African American women are not breastfeeding. By creating an engaging narrative centered around the challenges of breastfeeding, Chocolate Milk will spark public discussion on how communities can better support black mothers. Childcare provided Panel discussion facilitated by…

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September 2019

Western Michigan University Richmond Center for the Arts Exhibition: SPIRAL Up & Out

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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In 1963, the arts alliance Spiral was formed by Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, Norman Lewis and Charles Alston to investigate their attitudes and commitments during the nationwide fight for civil rights. The group evolved and more artist joined, Emma Amos, Reginald Gammon, Richard Mayhew and Merton D. Simpson. Opening reception for Friend of the Richmond Center,sept 4,5-7 pm. Join at the door! Free parking in the Miller ramp. For more information, see wmich.edu/art/exhibition  

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Center for New Media Arus Gallery Ahead of the Curve : Sculptures from the KIA

Friday, September 6, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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An Exhibition featuring sculptures from the Kalamazoo Institutes of Arts,1995-present,featuring Kalamazoo sculptors Al La Vergne. Enjoy an Art Hop reception September 6.  

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September Art Hop

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Free Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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To Describe a Life: Notes from the Intersection of Art & Race Terror by Darby English. The author examines the use of art (and love) as a resource amid the wave of shootings by U.S. police of innocent black women and men. Powerful, challenging and timely, the book invites us to rethink what life in ongoing crisis is and can be and discover how art can help. With Stacey Ladbetter & Harvey Myers.  

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Kalamazoo Public Library branches Artist in Action

Monday, September 23, 2019 - Friday, November 22, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Watch local artist at work in celebration of Where We Stand: Black Artist in Southwest Michigan at the KIA. The KPL will feature a local artist at each library location,to create a new artwork on-site throughout the week. All of the artwork will be featured at Decembers Art Hop. Patrons will have the opportunity to interact with the artist, create art in the style of the artist, and participate in a special program facilitated by each artist. See kpl.gov for…

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Darien Burrgess Alma Powell Branch

Monday, September 23, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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M,W,TH,F from 3-5pm  Special program Tuesday September 24th at 5pm

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October 2019

Rock Out with Robotics

Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Hosted by the Black Arts Cultural Center, teens will have hands-on activities designing and playing with robots. Kids will bowl with robots and take them on an obstacle course. Please register here. 

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James Palmore Eastwood Branch

Monday, October 7, 2019 - Friday, October 11, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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T,W,TH,F 3-5 pm Special program Monday Oct. 7th 5 pm

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Kalamazoo Valley Museum Filling in the Gaps: The Art of Murphy Darden

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Sunday, April 5, 2020
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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The Kalamazoo artist and cultural historian explores black cowboys, his personal experiences in Mississippi, civil rights heroes, and the African American community in Kalamazoo.

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Tanisha Pyron Washington Square

Monday, October 28, 2019 - Friday, November 1, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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M,T,TH,F from 3-5 pm Special program Wednesday Oct 30 at 5pm

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November 2019

2019 Quilt Exhibit

Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Black Arts & Cultural Center will exhibit locally crafted quilts showcasing the history of African American quilting

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Black Refractions Symposium

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Dive into the scholarship behind the evolving discussion around Black arts and artists

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Al Harris Oshtemo Branch

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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T,W,TH,F 3-5 pm special Program Nov 11th at 5pm

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Kalamazoo Institute of Art 5:30 reception,6:30 film

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Reception and premiere of a documentary focused on art and artists in the KIA exhibition Where We Stand: Black Artists in Southwest Michigan. Reception Organized by The Black Arts and Cultural Center.  

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WMU University Center for the Humanities FREEDOM Speaker Series

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Inram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author of The Campus Movement, Stamped from the beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and How to Be An Antiracist.

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eLLe by Shawntai Brown

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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$8 – $20

eLLe by Shawntai Brown in collaboration with Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

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eLLe by Shawntai Brown

Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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$8 – $20

eLLe by Shawntai Brown in collaboration with Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

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Audrey Mills Central Library

Monday, November 18, 2019 - Friday, November 22, 2019
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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M, T, W, F 3-5 pm Special program Thursday Nov 20th at 5pm

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December 2019

Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Enjoy the Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar featuring food, vendors, music, live performances, activities and a screening of the Kwanzaa documentary “The Black Candle” for the entire community.

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January 2020

Art Vibez ft. Jamari Taylor

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Art Vibez is a monthly event featuring art works from stellar creatives of color and sounds from upcoming artist & DJ's. It's a bomb art & listening party free for the community. Jamari Taylor is a portrait artist from Battle Creek, Michigan. Using charcoal and oils she creates images with character, power, and strength. Through her illustrations, she lovingly seeks to portray a sitter's strength and self-confidence. Each person interviewed by Jamari and asked the same questions, what are some…

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February 2020

Black History Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Wednesday @ noon this month for black history documentaries!    

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Open Exhibit

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 27, 2020

Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Thursday between 10 am and 5 pm this month for an interactive experience! Call or Email to schedule your group at 269-349-1035 or info@blackartskalamazoo.org  

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Black History Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Wednesday @ noon this month for black history documentaries!    

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Open Exhibit

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 27, 2020

Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Thursday between 10 am and 5 pm this month for an interactive experience! Call or Email to schedule your group at 269-349-1035 or info@blackartskalamazoo.org  

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Black History Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Wednesday @ noon this month for black history documentaries! RSVP Below!    

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Open Exhibit

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 27, 2020

Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 202
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Join us every Thursday between 10 am and 5 pm this month for an interactive experience! Call or Email to schedule your group at 269-349-1035 or info@blackartskalamazoo.org  

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