Encore September 2019

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‘A Mirror of Our Common Humanity’

When the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts landed the only Midwest stop of the exhibit Black

Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a national traveling exhibition that spans 200 years of American art history, it was understandably a big deal. But the KIA saw Black Refractions as a catalyst for a much deeper dive into the works and contributions of African-American and black artists in this community and beyond. The result is a communitywide, collaborative celebration with multiple exhibitions and events spanning three months that will use art, literature, music, history and performance to create dialogue about class, diversity, access and social justice.