Twenty seven students in grades 5-12 will be honored at the Kansas City Dreamkeepers: Social Justice through the Arts Student Awards Ceremony and Exhibit on Friday, April 22, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center at 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130. Free and open to the public, this event will recognize Kansas City area students whose projects in the areas of literacy, visual, performing and cinematic arts, illustrate the theme of social justice. Reservations are required.
Opening the program are hosts, S. Marie McCarther, Ed.D., and Donna M. Davis, Ph.D., faculty at the UMKC School of Education. Welcome remarks will be provided by a representative of the City of Kansas City, and School of Education Interim Dean Chris Brown, Ph.D. Etta R. Hollins, Ph.D., Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the School of Education, will offer remarks on culturally relevant pedagogy, a presage of the Fall Educator Symposium to be held on the UMKC Volker campus later this year. And, a panel on how community leaders, educators and artists can empower young voices for social justice will be moderated by Dianne Smith, Ph.D., professor at the School of Education.
Judges for the student work were:
- Pat Jordan, KC Arts professional and co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Arts
- Dennis Jackson, retired corporate executive equity artist and actor
- J. Anthony (Tony) Snorgrass, Ph.D., associate professor and artist
Support for the 2015-16 Kansas City Dreamkeepers Project is graciously provided by the Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the UMKC School of Education.