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Tangled Roots

Wall of Respect

"The Big Reveal" | August 9 | 7 pm
Main Lobby of The J FREE to the Public

Two years in the making -- Wall of Respect Reveal
Multi-cultural food buffet (kosher selections)

7:00 pm | Welcome | Video
Talk back with Artists + Educators in the Social Hall
7:30 pm | Wall of Respect “experience”
Hands-on activities | Ethnic finger foods | Sale of Wall of Respect art

Project Direction: Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
Design and Execution: InterUrbanArtHouse + The Public

Thank you to our generous funders:

Wall of Respect Kansas City

What is the Wall of Respect?

About the artists

The Wall of Respect was an outdoor mural created in 1967 by a group of Chicago artists from the Organization of Black American Culture. Inspiring redevelopment and positive political activism, The Wall gave birth to a national Community Mural Movement.

We are marking the 50th anniversary of the Wall by honoring and expanding upon the spirit of its makers. Our outcome will not be a static painting, but rather a unique installation informed by stories from our community and created by selected artists overseeing the work of youth and adults from all over the metro area. The piece will acknowledge the commonalities between and celebrate the unique cultural contributions to Kansas City made by the Native American, Jewish, African American, Latino/Hispanic and Asian communities living among us. Learn more about this project >

View the March 2018 Wall of Respect Newsletter

Story Circles

During the month of June 2017, author and national arts advocate Arlene Goldbard led structured sessions during which members of each community, and then all the communities together, will share personal stories about how, when and why they are proud of their ethnic heritage. Notes from these sessions will tell our lead artists what to include on the murals. (Click any photo to view larger)


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A Work in Progress

During this journey of celebrating diversity through the arts, we have made new friends and new discoveries. Here is a photo catalog of how we got to this point of our journey. (Click any photo to view larger)


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