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Make Art in the Park

If you are an artist, or your kids like to get artistic, then you should get some art supplies together, and #FindYourPark. Or maybe the art you like to make in the park is poetry, or prose in your journal. Or maybe you just like to admire other people’s art. Doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get out in a park and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and the fellowship of other art lovers. Below are some place to do just that.

September 4-6, 2015 — Kansas City Irish Fest, the Irish Fest is held annually in Washington Park, adjacent to Crown Center Square. Kansas City Irish Fest is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the culture, music, character and history of Ireland and of the Irish people who call Kansas City home. Around 100,000 people will eat, drink, listen to music, and shop for art in the park. Visit the site for ticket info.

September 25-27, 2015 — The 84th Annual Plaza Art Fair with live music, restaurant booths, and 240 artists, the fair encompasses nine city blocks in and around the Country Club Plaza. The art fair welcomes a crowd of over 250,000 for a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season. Held rain or shine. Free admission.

September 26, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — The Aaron Douglas Art Fair, in Topeka, is an annual one-day, classic art fair in Aaron Douglas Park, at the southwest corner of 12th and Lane, in the Tennessee Town neighborhood. The park is anchored by a mural which was organized, fund raised and painted by residents of Central Topeka in 2005. The first art fair was held in 2006.

Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction

The Celebration Mural recreates this mural: “Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction,” by Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas. It depicts black Africans as they were taken from their homeland and brought to America as slaves. Douglas was commissioned in 1934 to paint the mural for the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) at a Harlem branch of the New York Public Library.

The art fair showcases diverse and emerging artists, celebrates community, and continues the legacy of world-renowned Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas. Douglas (1899 – 1979) was born in Topeka, graduated from Topeka High school, and developed his painting skills. In the mid-1920s, while living in New York, this African American became a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Look for 30-50 artist booths, main-stage music, a second stage for acoustic music and other performing arts, a Kids Zone with a wide variety of art activities, an interactive art activity for all fairgoers, and a variety of food booths hosted by neighborhood groups. Admission to this event is free!


This entry was posted on August 28, 2015 by in 9 and 99.


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