common ground

Back in August, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts brought in "Common Ground," a joint exhibit from art museums in Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Flint featuring centuries of African-American art. On February 4th -- almost six months later -- the KIA is putting on a new event, called “Common Threads," where activists, musicians and poets will gather together to perform a kind of “call and response” to the “Common Ground” exhibit and explore how its themes still resonate today. 


James Marcellus Watkins, Victims, ca. 1986, oil on board. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts;  Director's Choice Purchase Award, 1991 Kalamazoo Area Artist Show.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Common Ground is a multi-city exhibit that shows African American art through the ages, stretching all the way back to the 19th century. Kalamazoo is the exhibit’s last stop in the state after showing in Flint and Muskegon.  The opening reception is August 21st at 5:30 p.m.


Community gardens grow in Kalamazoo

Aug 1, 2013
The Roots of Knowledge Community Garden at Woodward Elementary School
Maggie Kane

The city of Kalamazoo has become a hotbed for community gardens, with over 35 on record. Neighbors look to gardening for outdoor entertainment and relationship building – and as a way to get everyone eating their veggies.