Arts, Culture and History

The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »

Rich Hill Film Shines

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If you didn’t make it out for the 2014 True/False Film Festival in Columbia last weekend, there was one film that you missed that seemed to shine with more heart-touching Missouri Pride than any other: Rich Hill. The film won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is described as, “An examination of ... Read More »

Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere

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1998: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone hits U.S. bookstores. Saving Private Ryan wows audiences at the movies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google, Inc. And no one has ever heard the word “blog.” How things have changed! As of February 1 in this year of 2014, the number of blogs worldwide on just the popular hosting site Tumblr.com was ... Read More »

Ready for True/False Film Festival 2014?

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Ok, Mid-Missourians, Columbia’s True/False Film Festival 2014 starts Thursday (Feb. 27, running through March 2), so I hope you have your passes ready and films picked out, because things are about to get pretty exciting. If you don’t know much about True/False, here’s the Readers Digest version: 2014 marks the festival’s 11th year Documentary films are the focus Over four days, ... Read More »

Missouri’s Lincoln Connections

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Many people are surprised to know that Missouri is one of only five states that observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. Most states only observe President’s Day, which falls on George Washington’s birthday and is five days after President Lincoln’s birthday. With Abraham Lincoln’s many ties to the Show-Me state, it makes sense we’d “show-him” special commemoration on his ... Read More »

Historic Black Kansas City: A Vibrant Community for the Ages

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A wide range of ethnic groups have made significant contributions to Kansas City’s cultural landscape for centuries. In the beginning there were the Wyandotte, Osage and Kansa Native American tribes, followed by Eastern Europeans, Irish, Italians, Germans and other immigrants. African-Americans, originally brought as slaves, date back to the early 1800s – an estimated 4,000 laboring here until Emancipation in ... Read More »

The Monuments Men

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In the weeks after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enemy bombing raids on the American mainland became a distinct possibility. Museums and private collectors began to consider how to keep their collections safe in case of invasion. In response to this growing concern, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art served as a repository for a number of the nation’s most ... Read More »

Meet the Artists Who’ve Made the Glass for the Missouri Arts Awards

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century, Staatliches Antikensammlung,
Munich – photo by Matthias Kabel

When the Missouri Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol the first Wednesday of every February, the honorees receive more than applause. As a tangible symbol of recognition for their contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state, an original work by a Missouri artist is given to the awardees for Arts Education, ... Read More »

Enjoy Missouri’s History on an Interstate 70 Road Trip

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A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state. The two-day road trip – a perfect remedy for cabin fever as cooler temperatures set in – began in St. ... Read More »

Keep Warm Watching Missouri-Made Movies

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Winter can get pretty brutal, as we all have seen this year. So why not cozy up, stay in and throw on some Missouri-made movies to get you laughing, crying and, all around, not thinking about how stinking cold it is outside. In no particular order, here is a list of five movies in which you’ll be sure to recognize ... Read More »