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African-inspired Fabric Art at the Culture House Gallery

Bega kwa Bega or Shoulder to Shoulder is a group exhibit of fabric artists featuring Nedra Bonds, Sherry Whetstone McCall and Charlotte Hill O'Neal. It'll be on display until January 26 at the African American History and Culture House at UMKC. By Sylvia Maria Gross and Alex Smith

Kansas City, MO – An exhibit of African and African-inspired fabric art just opened at the gallery at UMKC's African American History and Culture House. Several Kansas City artists are participating - Sherry Whetstone McCall and Nedra Bonds, as well as Charlotte Hill O'Neal, a Kansas City woman who now lives in Tanzania. O'Neal and her husband, who founded the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panthers, fled the US for Africa in 1970. They now run the United African Alliance Community Center in Tanzania, which provides education, arts, and cultural exchange programs in the local community.

Community members from both Kansas City and Tanzania will display their work alongside the artists. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited the gallery last week as program coordinator Arzie Umali was hanging the show.

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