Art Together

2021 Events

Art Together, Mark Arts’ outreach program, cultivates creative communities through hands-on visual arts projects. The following events are free and open to the public.

Explore Black Art: Saturday, February 20, 1- 5 p.m. Virtual Event

Explore Asia: Saturday, May 15, 1 – 4 p.m. Virtual Event

Explore Mark Arts: Saturday, October 16, 1 – 4 p.m.

ART TOGETHER: EXPLORE ASIA

On May  15, 2021 celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an afternoon of free virtual events offered by Mark Arts.

12 p.m. | Facebook Live Cultural Dance Performances 
Lily Wu will host the following performances: Miss Wichita Asian Festival solo dance, Indian Children’s Dance Performance with Kalakrit School of Art, Miss Vietnam Wichita group dance performance,  Miss Asian Cultural Ambassador Khyati Mahavadia solo dance, Wichita East High School Lion Dance Club

1 p.m. | Facebook Live Artist Talk
Turn in live with featured artist Chiaw-Weai Loo
(Her works Storm Prelude and An Encounter appear above)

2 p.m. | Zoom Chinese Brush Painting for Youth Workshop 
Hosted by Chiaw-Weai Loo. Supply kits provided – Register Here 

3 p.m. | Zoom Vietnamese Spring Rolls Culinary Demonstration
Hosted by Miss Wichita Asian Festival Deanna Nguyen – Register Here

4 p.m. | Zoom Indian Lippan Art Workshop for Adults
Hosted by Madhu Jagadeesh. Supply kits provided – Register Here

Explore Asia is presented in conjunction with:

Presenting Sponsor:

 

Champion Sponsors:

Pallete Partners:

Aloft

Dara and Ray Geoffroy

Doug Brantner

J. P. Weigand & Sons Inc.

Cargill

The Trust Company of Kansas

Cox

Underwriters:

6 Meridian

Commerce Trust Company

 

Chris and Susan Addington

IMA

Alloy Architecture

INTRUST Bank

BKD

Morgan Stanley

ART TOGETHER: EXPLORE BLACK ART

On February 20, 2021 Mark Arts held a virtual walkthrough of featured works by Black artists curated by Art That Touches the Heart. The works will be on display and for sale in a pop-up shop the entire month of February. We also presented a live poetry reading by Rob Simon and Matthew Thompson.

EXPLORE BLACK ART COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

Our community art project for this event was accessible for both youth and adults and still is! Create a self-portrait inspired by Kehinde Wiley, President Barack Obama’s official portrait artist. This project reflects the importance of representation and self-expression in art.


Kehinde Wiley’s art is strongly influenced by his experiences as a young black man growing up in the United States. His unique style of painting blends the tradition of oil painted portraits with a contemporary message, confronting histories of empire, colonialism, and slavery. Wiley noted that portraits found in museums were created to indicate the power of the sitter, and there is a start lack of black portraits in Western Art. In response, Wiley chooses people he meets in the streets to be his models. By appropriating traditional formats, he reclaims the dignity, authority, and power associated with portrait painting for his contemporary sitters.

Limited kits are available for interested youth or adult artists to pick-up and add to our growing community art project. Call 316.932.1798 for more information or do it yourself with the links provided below.

Self Portraiture Project Instructions | Kehinde Wiley Project Background 

Explore Black Art is presented in conjunction with:

COMMUNITY ARTWORK