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David Ford / Freedom School

Coming from a long line of what he calls “prairie people”artist David Ford is the quintessence of politically incorrect and this is exemplified through his works. On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we learn about his journey to West Africa for National VooDoo Day.

You can learn more about his solo-exhibit at the Dolphin Gallery in this great report from KCUR Arts Reporter Laura Spencer.

And in the second half of the hour, learn how the Kansas City Freedom School Initiative is trying to reach students left behind with additional literacy and health training, with guests Rev. Darren Faulkner, Interim Executive Director, and Dr. Philip Hickman, Board Member of the National Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools, and Co-Founder of Legacy Educational and Development Inc.

David Ford's solo exhibition, I Like African Chicken, runs April 27- June 23, 2012 at the Dolphin Gallery, in the Stockyard District of the West Bottoms, 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, Mo. 816-842-4415. Also on display, a solo exhibition by Anthony Hawley, and new works by Matthew Kluber and Miles Niedinger.

On May 11th, Kansas City native David Ford, who spans the realms of painting, sculpture, installation and performance, lends his eye for provocation and juxtaposition to the museums's collection. Tours begin at 6pm or 7pm, but are unfortunately sold out.

The Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, will host a luncheon featuring Harlem Children’s Zone President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Canada on Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. The event, “Saving Kansas City’s Sixth Child: A Recommitment to Reaching and Teaching the Children Left Behind” is based on Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman’s mantra that “in America, one in six, 13 million children are left behind in poverty, in ignorance, in broken families destined to lives of failure and lack of fulfillment."