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Exhibit Acknowledges Influence Of Kansas City's Black Artists

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Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Testimony: African American Artists Collective, on view June 5, 2021 - March 27, 2022 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Nelson-Atkins is featuring work by members of the African American Artists Collective.

"Testimony: African American Artists Collective" currently at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art includes works by painters, sculptors, poets, designers and fiber artists.

Thirty-five of the more than 150 members of the collective have their art on display which the museum says "embodies the reciprocal powers of authentically speaking one’s truth."

One of the featured artists, Michelle Beasley, remarked on what it means to have Black female artists like her in the Nelson-Atkins. "When I was little, I wish that it would've been more visibility of the amazing talent that was already there, that's already been there. So yeah, I think it's very impactful and I think it's very inspiring for young Black, brown women to see women like me doing something so amazing."

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