Last year was the inaugural year for Kingman Center for the Arts’ “6×6 on Route 66” fundraiser. Pat Evans, volunteer gallery manager, says, “I have been looking forward to the 6×6 all year. Last year we had over 400 pieces of amazing art on the walls. It was a real celebration of the artists in our community.” The 2017 show earned almost $5,000 to help defray the costs of operating The Gallery. This fundraiser is sponsored in partnership with the City of Kingman Tourism Department and Blick Art Materials. The art show, which will run this year from Sept 28 through Oct 27, 2018, will feature donated artworks created on 6”x6” canvases. Most will be available for a $20 donation with a select few on silent or live auction.

Official 6×6 canvases are available for a $5.00 donation at The Gallery at 208 E. Beale St or at The Powerhouse Visitors’ Center. Any family-friendly artwork using the 6×6 canvas is welcome and may include paintings, mosaic, fabric, collage, sculpture, your favorite recipe, a poem, or a packet of seeds from your garden . . . your imagination and 6×6 are the limits. Donated artwork is due to The Gallery by Sept 8 at 3pm.

In spring of 2016, KCA, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, formed around a dedicated group of volunteers with the purpose of creating programs in the visual and performing arts. A large part of that plan is the renovation of the historic Beale Street Theater to be used as a permanent home for the Beale Street Theater troupe and other performing arts.

Two-plus years later, the KCA ranks have swollen to nearly 300 volunteers. The theater troupe produces and performs 2 to 4 full-length plays a year as well as providing shorter performances for entertainment at art shows, the county fair, and other venues. Another important component of KCA’s community presence is The Gallery at KCA. The monthly art shows include the broadest possible representation of visual art genres, ethnic and cultural diversity, and levels of artistic ability from emerging artists to seasoned professionals. The Gallery hosts many events, including art lessons, musical performances and ballroom dancing. KCA also participates in the First Friday festivities on Beale Street.

Gallery hours (unless closed to change shows): Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday 9am-3pm and Friday noon-8pm. For more information on art or theater opportunities or to make a donation, contact: [email protected] or call Kristina Michelson, Executive Director at 385-319-5238.

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