What if one of the best books ever written about Kansas City had barely escaped total oblivion, and was only published twenty years after the death of its author, whose name even today is familiar to members of a self-selected but devoted cult? This salon will take the form of a shared reading from the two extraordinary published works of Kansas City author Vincent O. Carter (1924-1983) — Such Sweet Thunder (2004) and The Bern Book (1970) — followed by a panel discussion on his life and legacy. The all-star panel of Kansas City authors features Sheri Purpose Hall, Glenn North and Whitney Terrell, with Open Spaces Artistic Director Dan Cameron as panel moderator.
Event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT OPEN SPACES
Open Spaces 2018 is a collaboration between the City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services and a private arts initiative led by Kansas City philanthropist Scott Francis, to create an event that highlights Kansas City’s arts, culture and creativity, one of 10 goals included in the City’s Arts Convergence Plan, adopted by Mayor James and City Council in 2013.
The public-private partnership includes the City of Kansas City, Missouri, a Founders Circle of large donors and arts leaders. Fundraising efforts are well underway led by Francis. Years of discussion and planning among community art leaders, artists, civic leaders, private donors and foundations, along with the visionary dedication of Francis and Mayor James, are credited for bringing Open Spaces to life.