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Race, History, Identity, Beauty: Community Conversations

Reserve FREE tickets per session
1–3 p.m. | Community Conversations
For tickets to the 10 a.m.–Noon LEARNING LAB

How do our personal experiences, as well as art, politics, and contemporary events contribute to our ideas of Race, History, Identity and Beauty?

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come together and build skills for discussing cultural and racial equity. Apply learning by sharing personal experiences, views, and stories while using key artworks and themes from the exhibition as catalysts for conversations.

Community advisor, social justice & racial equity trainer, Merrique Jenson, leads a morning, learning lab that builds a shared language to discuss individual identities and address racial equity. Participants will discuss common ways inequalities play out in daily life and identify action steps to reduce the impact of racism.

The afternoon’s conversation will focus on applying skills learned during the morning session. Breakout sessions facilitated by local educators, activists and museum voices will use art from 30 Americans to unpack and springboard in-depth discussions.

Learning Lab facilitated by:
• Merrique Jenson, Director & Founder, SocialScope Productions
Conversations facilitated by:
• Melissa Brown, Executive Director, Kansas City Anti Violence Project
• Suzetta Parks, Principal, Parks & Pennington
• Adrianne Russell, Writer, Entrepreneur
• Angel Tucker, Youth Services Manager, Johnson County Public Library

Nelson-Atkins Museum facilitators:
• Kreshaun McKinney, Manager, Audience Engagement
• Stephanie Fox Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Lens 2