ArtsKC Encounters – Your Exclusive Arts Experience

Join ArtsKC on Thursday evenings before First Fridays for monthly arts “Encounters”, presented by Mazuma Credit Union. These fun, engaging events introduce you to new arts organizations, local artists, exclusive performance and exhibition experiences, and unique networking opportunities.  Check out the full season below and come on out! Each event also features free food and drinks from our stellar sponsors.

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2018/2019 ArtsKC Encounter Season Presented by Mazuma Credit Union

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. ArtsKC INSIDERS, use the discount code in your e-newsletter to reserve FREE tickets.

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Season End Celebration: With Miki P.
Thursday, May 2 | 6:00-7:45pm
As the 18/19 Encounter Season ends, we wanted to provide the option for our Encounter attendees to vote on new experiences for our next season. Tours of the Chiefs’ art collections? A visit to the Kansas City Artists Coalition? A performance by the KC Ballet at the ArtsKC gallery? Also, witness an incredible performance by Miki P!


Past Event: Yardbird in Color
Thursday, August 2 | 5:30-7:30pm
Featuring the visual artwork of designer and printer Zach Arlan and an exclusive performance from Kansas City Jazz ALIVE, commemorating the start of the 10-day Charlie Parker Celebration.

Past Event: Open Spaces
Thursday, September 6 | 5:30-7:30pm
Featuring the visual artwork of Martin Cail and a special presentation from the first multi-month, City-wide art and community event, Open Spaces.

Past Event: Handmade, Heartfelt
Thursday, November 1 | 5:30-7:30pm
Featuring an in-depth conversation and exhibition tour with quilting artist and hand-dyed textiles expert Kim Eichler-Messmer.  With performances by Carswell & Hope.

Past Event: NYC ’81, Joe Kelly
Thursday, January 31 | 5:30-7:30pm
Joe Kelly’s photographs from New York City in 1981 explore the juxtaposition of the dream-like space of Studio 54 against the realities of the streets of New York. Performance by Matt Hopper.

“Inspired by Dance” With David Parsons
Thursday, March 21 | 6:30pm-8:15pm
Visual artist Rita Blitt and choreographer David Parsons, founder of the New York-based Parsons Dance Company, will team up for an artist talk this spring at the ArtsKC Gallery to reprise one of their many talks about past collaborations over the span of 40 years.

Coterie Creates Beatles Music Experience
Thursday, April 4 | 5:30-7:30pm
Enjoy a special performance from actors from the Coterie as the audience competes in a Beatles trivia in between songs! Come and participate to win free tickets to the Coterie’s Beat Bugs production and other raffle prizes.