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April 6, 2022

Reminder: Beach Museum of Art, McCain Auditorium offer free public conversation today, concert tomorrow

Submitted by Jui Mhatre

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and McCain Auditorium are offering two events on April 6 and 7 to celebrate the legacy of Gordon Parks. The events feature an inspiring fusion of visual and musical art forms.

Gordon Parks has influenced countless artists to help us understand ourselves and our society in new, empowering ways. Three artists who revere Parks will hold a public conversation, "Art Matters Now: Three Artists Reflect," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in McCain Auditorium. The event is free and no ticket is required.

The conversation includes six-time Grammy-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard, University of Texas Dallas multimedia artist Andrew F. Scott, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Kevin Willmott. Each has a vision for how the arts can function as a tool for making our society more just and equitable.

To join the program through Zoom, please register at ksu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SfXonZZlSGeehcrtyf7ErQ.

The performance "Presence of Absence: Gordon Parks Through an Empathic Lens" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. The performance will include Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective in concert, with staging by K-State students under the direction of Andrew F. Scott and Mathew Gaynor.

The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the McCain ticket office, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or by phone at 785-532-6428 during the same hours. Tickets are not available online.

For more information about both events, visit beach.k-state.edu/calendar.

Both events are related to the exhibition "Gordon Parks: Homeward to the Prairie I Come," which is open through May 28 at the Beach Museum of Art. View the virtual exhibition at beach.k-state.edu/explore.