Mar 29 Wednesday
The NEA Big Read: Wichita will next read Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by cartoonist Roz Chast, beginning March 2023.
A finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award, the memoir tells the story of Chast’s parents’ final years through cartoons, family photos, found documents, and narrative prose. “So many have faced (or will face) the situation that the author details, but no one could render it like she does” (Kirkus).
Mar 31 Friday
The 7th Annual Know Your Worth conference returns Friday, March 31, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m! The theme of this year's conference is Born to Unite and our keynote speaker will be Cheryl Harrison-Lee, KS Board of Regents. This women's conference features training on workplace, civic and personal leadership. Check out our website for more information on this year's speakers!
Our conference will be offered in person and online. When you register you will be asked to select how you would like to attend. Registrants that wish to attend online will receive a link to join the live conference before the event. Everyone who registers for the conference will receive a link to a recording of the conference that they can watch anytime.
Tickets are $59 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Apr 01 Saturday
The 2nd Annual Ainsley's Angels Rolling on the Prairie 5K in Wichita, KS is an amazing 5K race with lots of cheers along the way. The event is family friendly and welcomes all members of the community to run, walk and ROLL with us. Every participant receives and a medal!
Apr 19 Wednesday
KMUW's monthly book club features selections made by KMUW staff. For April we're reading Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson.
Learn more about Jenny Jackson and the novel Pineapple Street on this episode of Marginalia.
We'll meet at KMUW for a group discussion over dinner and drinks from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Dinner is provided by Public.
ShowerUp: Mobile Showers And Personal Care
ShowerUp serves those experiencing homelessness and anyone in need by providing mobile showers, hygiene resources, and personal care. It’s our goal to Shower Grace, Hope, and Love with everyone.
Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting or other needlecraft and share your love of needlecrafts. Learn from others and advise those who are just beginning.
A native of Wichita, painter Keith Jacobshagen spent childhood afternoons in his father’s airplane flying over the Kansas prairie. Jacobshagen says his lifelong fascination with the sky surely “goes back to early humans and having some sense that the sky is what allowed us to live, it brought rain, it brought warm sun.” The Expansive Sky serves as an intimate retrospective of Jacobshagen’s career, featuring recently-acquired works dating from the 1970s through 2021.
Image: Keith Jacobshagen, "Blue Sunday," 2020. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting, or other needlecraft and share your love of needlecrafts. Learn from others and advise those who are just beginning.
Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave creates breathtaking paper recreations of historical costumes. The life-size sculptures celebrate the artist’s love of vibrant color, textiles, and the artistic effect trompe l’oeil (French for “fools the eye”). From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, de Borchgrave’s work is meticulously crafted and astonishingly beautiful. This exhibition explores 300 years of fashion history, featuring dresses from Queen Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel. De Borchgrave’s paper costumes have been featured in major exhibitions around the world from Venice to San Francisco—and now to Wichita.
Image: Isabelle de Borchgrave, “Maria Maddalena d’Austria,” 2007. Mixed media, acrylic, ink, metallic powder, adhesive on paper, 74 x 47 ½ x 48 inches. Collection of the artist. Based on a 1622 portrait with her son Ferdinand II by Justus Sustermans in the collection of Flint Institute of Arts, Flint. Michigan
Experience GOLDEN REPAIR at the Envision Arts Gallery featuring Ciara McCaughy, Laridda Murphy, and Brandon Murphy.
To honor Black History Month, this group of artists has taken the Japanese art of Kintsugi which is a technique known as, “golden repair” used in repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer as a philosophy to treat the breakage and expose its damage as opposed to disguising it to be something it is not. Metaphorically, this technique is a way for these artists who are Black and Disabled as a way for them to examine the many parts that make them who they are and to honor each part as not being “broken” by life’s experiences, trauma, and heartache, but pieced together by each account and desire that makes each life uniquely whole, worthy, deserving…beautiful.
Poems and written word statements accompany this body of ceramic artwork and examine the raw emotions of what it means to be Black and Disabled in today’s society.
On display in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery until March 31.
The Envision Arts Gallery is the premier destination for artists and audiences that are blind, visually impaired, and have other disabilities. We're open Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 PM). Open Second Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Children 3-6 will develop literacy skills through active listening, singing, movement, and sharing a love of stories in a group setting.
Children ages 3-6 will develop literacy skills through active listening, singing, movement, and sharing a love of stories in a group setting.
A gathering for food, faith, and friendship. Enjoy upbeat music, a light meal, neighborly conversation, an encouraging word, and some fun! Experience where you belong. Come as you are – all ages. A trusted, safe place to gather weekly as we break the bonds of isolation. Come as strangers, leave as friends. In the Family Life Center, west side, enter door D. See you there!
Traditional funeral options are infamous for their devastating impact on the environment including degradation of the soil due to the use of hazardous chemicals and the use of non-biodegradable materials. Even the ever-increasing popularity of cremation has a negative impact on the environment. As people are becoming more aware of their environmental impact, many are turning to natural burials, a more eco-conscious alternative. Sarah Crews, Director of Heart Land Prairie Cemetery in Central Kansas, a natural burial ground dedicated to ecological practices, will talk about the practice of natural burials, alternative death care options such as home-based funeral care and other environmentally sustainable choices one can make regarding end-of-life planning.
Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, but never quite had the time? Join us for our Learning Circle that will teach you the ASL alphabet, how to introduce yourself, ways to chat with friends, and much more. You can learn the basics in just 6 weekly sessions. Call 316-261-8500 or visit p2pu.org/wichita to sign up.
The ostomy support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Child Advocacy Center on Lincoln between Emporia and Topeka in the Education Center. We welcome ostomates and their support people to a time of learning, networking and support at 6:30 p.m. monthly. For more information call Valerie at 316-799-9456.
Mar 30 Thursday