Songs From the Soul Exhibit Gala and Reception  Debember 2, 2017
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Songs From the Soul Exhibit Gala and Reception Debember 2, 2017

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The SONGS FROM THE SOUL exhibit explores African-American ICONS in Jazz,           Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Soul and Rock & Roll while examining the relationship between music, history, and culture.

The featured artists in this exhibit include Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin Diana Ross and Whitney Houston, to mention a few.

Enjoy entertainment from local artists Troy Lee Sanders, Lee Langston and Paula Saunders as they sing selections from the African-American Icons featured in the Songs from the Soul Exhibit,

Don't miss a special Meet and Greet with the Center Director, Chiluba Musonda from               6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

*Free Admission         * Beverages and Hors d'oeuvre       * Business Casual Attire

Please confirm you attendance by calling (816) 513-0700 no later than November 21, 2017.

 

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2017 Holidazzle
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

2017 Holidazzle

Holidazzle is a Holiday Children's Festival featuring a Christmas movie, arts & crafts,            gift bag giveaway, refreshments and picture with Santa.

Santa arrives at 2:00 PM

For more information call (816) 513-0700

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7th Annual 'Tis the Season Gala
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

7th Annual 'Tis the Season Gala

'Tis the Season is our annual educational fundraiser that welcomes in the holiday season by showcasing local, national, and international African-American music, dance and talent.

'Tis the Season funds are used to reach our youth by working with school districts across the Greater Kansas City area.

The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum enhances student and community knowledge and understanding as we foster educational and cultural programs regarding the past, present and contemporary contributions of African-Americans who served to shape our city and state's history and culture.

Support this educational fund raiser and experience a taste of African-American music and community!

Thank you, from the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum                       Board of Directors.

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6th Annual 'Tis The Season Gala
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

6th Annual 'Tis The Season Gala

           

‘Tis the Season Gala is our annual educational fund raiser that welcomes the holiday season by showcasing local national and international African-American music, dance and talent.

Music brings people together and encourages a sense of community. African-American music expresses times of exasperation to tribulation; from happiness to suffering; from slavery to freedom; from defeat to victory and from discouragement to hope.

Music and song is an essential part of African-American history and culture; ranging from Negro spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, rock & roll, funk, disco and hip hop.

Support this educational fund raiser and experience a taste of African-American music and community!

'Tis the Season funding is used to reach our youth by working with school districts across the Greater Kansas City area.  The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum will enhance student and community knowledge and understanding as we foster educational and cultural programs regarding the past, present, and contemporary contributions of African-Americans who served to shape the city and state’s history and culture.

 Examples of programs include exhibits, classes, dramatic presentations, poetry readings and storytelling.  We also sponsor statewide youth projects and other cultural and educational activities.

 

 

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Holidazzle
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Holidazzle

Holidazzle is a program designed to help our inner city youth and their families experience the joy and excitement of the Christmas Season.  The program includes ; Storytelling, Hands-on Creative Arts, Visit from Santa,  Holiday movie & refreshments, and more!

This event is free and open to the public.
 

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Giving Tuesday KC
Nov
29
5:30 AM05:30

Giving Tuesday KC

  • Are you a part of #GivingTuesdayKC? It’s a global day of giving, happening right here in Kansas City! Donate to the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum. The mission of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center is to commemorate and interpret the African-American diaspora particularly in the State of Missouri, the City of Kansas City, MO, and its surrounding areas through fostering educational and cultural programs regarding the past, present and contemporary contributions of African Americans. Donate at http://www.brucewatkinscenter.com/ .
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2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

In keeping with its mission, the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center recognizes African-American pioneers who made significant impact on the development of Kansas City, MO through their exceptional and courageous lives.

Nominations are solicited from the community. Nominees selected as pioneers are inducted into the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center's Hall of Fame during a special ceremony.  

Their personal histories are among the articles found in the Center's Gertrude H. Keith Resource Library.

This event is free and open to the public.

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A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter "Rising From the Rails" Documentary
Mar
11
to Mar 24

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter "Rising From the Rails" Documentary

The Friends of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum invites you to attend the viewing of the educational and enlightening documentary "Rising From the Rails" about the Pullman Porter legacy in America.  The documentary running time is 47 minutes.  Call the office at (816) 531-0700 to select the date and time for you, your group, your family and friends to attend.  You will be glad that you did.

The documentary will be shown on Fridays, March 11, March 18, and March 25.  You can select the 9:30 viewing or the 11:00 viewing.

This event if free and open to the public.

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5th Annual Tis The Season Gala
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

5th Annual Tis The Season Gala

‘Tis The Season Gala’ is our annual educational fund raiser that welcomes the holiday season by showcasing local national and international African-American music, dance and talent.

Featuring Darcus : Versatility coupled with a unique musical style and natural vocal talent reflects the heritage and experience of Darcus. The warm chemistry that flows between her and the audience is indescribable.  She has style, class, and grace!

Featuring The Kansas City Boys Choir : Choir participants come from diverse backgrounds from all regions of the Greater Kansas City area.  This organization was built on the inspiration and vision of Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director, Mr. Ah’Lee Robinson, Kansas City’s own national recording gospel artist.

Music brings people together and encourages a sense of community. African-American music expresses times of exasperation to tribulation; from happiness to suffering; from slavery to freedom; from defeat to victory and from discouragement to hope.

Music and song is an essential part of African-American history and culture; ranging from Negro spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, rock & roll, funk, disco and hip hop.

Support this educational fund raiser and experience a taste of African-American music and community!

Order tickets today at   

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Tis The Season Gala

 

 

 

 

 

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Champions of Change 25th Anniversary Membership Drive & Celebration
Oct
17
4:00 PM16:00

Champions of Change 25th Anniversary Membership Drive & Celebration

This is your opportunity to be a part of a great historical event.

We invite you to join in the continuance of the dream by becoming a Friend of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.  Your contribution will enable the center to promote local artists, acquire great art and major exhibits, expand educational programs and involve our community in outreach programs. 

With your help, the center will achieve its mission in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

You can put a leaf on our Donors Tree of Life.  Your inscribed leaf will shine brightly among others in this exceptional category of philanthropist.

Join us at our Membership Drive Kick-Off Reception and meet our 2015 Champions of Change.

Saturday October 17,  2015  4:00-6:00pm  at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO64130

 

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Art Show featuring the artwork of  7 year old Savanna Williams
Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

Art Show featuring the artwork of 7 year old Savanna Williams

Savanna Williams is a gifted child artist who has a desire to give back to the world.  She creates various sized abstract artwork and uses her talents to share with others.                                                                              Contributions from the purchase of her artwork will be given to the West African school aged children in need.

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Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Forum: The Evolution of Music from the 20th Century: From Charlie Parker to Jay Z

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
12:00 p.m.

 

A panel discussion focusing on the change of Music through the decades.                      The discussion will help youth to understand how music of the past influences contemporary music and the future.


Free and Open to the Public!
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum
3700 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
Call 816-513-0700 for more Information
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A Jazzy Affair at Watkins Cultural Center
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

A Jazzy Affair at Watkins Cultural Center

Only $10.00 per person

Valentine's Day Eve Jazzy Cultural Affair - Friday, February 13, 2015   6-9 pm

Enjoy our Charlie "Bird" Parker: Jazz Saxophonist, The Man, the Legend & his Music Exhibition- in collaboration with Paul Mesner Puppets.

Dress to reflect the music.  Dress in 'retro' 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's!

Live music and refreshments

RSVP at (816) 513-0700

 

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Tis the Season Gala
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Tis the Season Gala

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Lonnie and Ronald McFadden have traveled all over the world performing and representing Kansas City Jazz at major jazz festivals and shows around the world. Including The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Nice Jazz Festival in Nice, France. 

The McFadden Brothers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in show business; Wayne Newton, as opening act and featured performers in his show, as well as Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight and The Count Basie Orchestra to name a few.

They have played all types of venues from casino show rooms to arenas and coliseums including, MGM Grand and Hilton casinos in Las Vegas, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Nimes Coliseum, Nimes, France, Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Lincoln Center, New York, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA.

They have performed for all types of audiences including most recently a USO tour to Kuwait and Iraq for our troops.

These multi-talented performers sing, tap dance and play trumpet and saxophone. It has been said that The McFadden Brothers are the Legitimate Link between the generation of Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

 

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Holidazzle
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Holidazzle

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Saturday, December 6
Noon - 4 p.m., Free
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
3700 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130
Holidazzle is a fun Holiday Children’s Festival featuring a Christmas movie,
arts & crafts, gift bag giveaway, refreshments and picture with Santa.
Santa arrives at 3 p.m. For more information call 816-513-0700.

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Sep
13
9:00 AM09:00

Spirit of Freedom Family Festival

Join us at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain, 4700 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.

Celebrate 25 years of serving the greater Kansas City community through education, exhibits, performances and presentations of African-American history and culture.

Bring the family to have fun, food, and frolic. 

There will be activities for the young and the young at heart.

Purchase special gifts from vendors.

Enjoy the music.

Enjoy the shows.

Buy some good food.

Celebrate!

 

 

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