Group of Midwestern artists of color creates safe spaces and takes on cultural appropriation

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Art is inextricably tied to culture.

Whether it’s the imagery of visual artists or the narrative themes of writers, race and culture influence the artists and the art.

Members of a two-year-old Kansas City group called the Artists of Color Alliance understand this.

“I think the benefit of our group is that we can create safe spaces, but not just safe spaces but brave spaces for an under-represented community here in the Midwest ” says local artist Rodolfo Marron III, one of the group’s organizers.

The group has approximately 150 members who meet in person, and connect through a Facebook group and a newsletter. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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