“For All The World To See” Dear White People

International jazz vocalist Lisa Henry, accompanied by live musicians, will offer a compelling presentation on racism in America. This forum will provide a safe space for attendees to examine racism’s effects on the Black psyche, the community, and how to start the very necessary dialog in our homes and communities. A Q&A moderated by Danielle…

“For All The World To See” Poetry Workshop

Recently appointed the first “18th & Vine Historic Jazz District Poet Laureate” in Kansas  City, poet Glenn North will Lead a poetry worship inspired by the visual and the social justice themes in the “For All The World To See” exhibition. A spoken word performance will follow the workshop where participants will read their newly…

“For All The World To See” Lecture & Reception

Opening comments and introduction by Senator David Haley. Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Miller-Davis Assistant  Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Miller-Davis will speak about the media, race, and the Emmet Till murder case. She sites the Emmett Till case as the reason why she is a civil rights historian. Miller-Davis has…

About Rita Blitt

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”  -Vincent Van Gogh Rita Blitt  was born in Kansas City, Missouri  in 1931. She attended the University of Illinois and graduated from the…

Rita Blitt Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden

“When I think of art, I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye, it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.” -Agnes Martin, “Beauty is the Mystery of Life” In 2016, the Mulvane Art Museum received approximately 2500 works (paintings, drawings, sculptures,…

For All the World to See – “Julia”

As part of the exhibition programming in conjunction with All the World to See, we are exploring media and pop culture.  The television sitcom “Julia” premiered September 17, 1968 and ran for 85 episodes. The show’s main character, played by Diahann Carroll, was about an African American widowed single mother named Julia and her young…

Mulvane Art Fair

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mulvane Art Fair, a juried event that features fantastic artists, wonderful food, a beer garden, live music, and kids activities all on Washburn’s beautiful campus. The fair will highlight over 90 artists from all over the country. This years Art Fair will take place on June 3…

2017 Student Exhibit

View the winning works of art selected for the 2017 Student Art Exhibition. This year’s competition juror was the talented photographer,  Daniel Colburn. Anita Young, Charcoal, “Contemplation”

For All the World to See- “Show Boat” 1936

From April 7th- May 25th we have the honor of featuring the powerful traveling exhibition For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.  The following clip provides a glimpse of one particular film that is discussed in the online version of this exhibit. “Ol’ man river, Dat ol’ man…

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

“…we have averted our eyes for far to long, turning away from the ugly reality facing us as a nation. Let the world see what I’ve seen.” -Mamie Till Bradley In September 1955, shortly after fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was murdered by white supremacists in Mississippi, his grieving mother, Mamie Till Bradley, distributed to newspapers and…