Ongoing Exhibits, Attractions and Theatre

To see a list of special shows, events, concerts, and more please check out our detailed community events calendar here. For activities and attracts see the sidebar to the left. The following are "ongoing" or recurring exhibits, plays, and shows:

  • Through 5/14: Bach Festival Week. Venues around Kalamazoo. Bach Festival Week celebrates J.S. Bach and his influence in music over the years. 16 events over 10 days. 269-337-7407. Free and ticketed events.
  • Through June 4, 2017: High School Area Show and 6th Congressional Art Competition. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The High School Area Show is among the best example of the KIA's commitment to nurturing artists. They art gets better each year and so do the awards, with upwards of 300,000 in scholarships to be awarded on April 27th. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through June 4, 2017: And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations. Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Curated by artist, historian, and national lecturer Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features works of superb artistry that draw on the enduring American tradition of narrative storytelling through the textile art of quilting. The beautifully handcrafted quilts featured in And Still We Rise were created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network and narrate the history of the African American experience, capturing the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Frederick Douglass to Mae Jemison to the first African American President. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns, and symbols, these quilts can relate stories that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our history, furthering the conversation of racial reconciliation in America. As the founder of the nonprofit, 1,700-member Women of Color Quilters Network, Mazloomi is in a unique position to bring together quilts from more than 50 contemporary artists that reflect on moments in history that have contributed to transformations of social justice in America and across the globe. Comprising 67 unique story quilts, this is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that makes a spectacular collective visual impact and showcases the diversity, creativity, and power of a texture-rich, color-saturated folk art form. The quilts of And Still We Rise represent their artists’ mastery of a diverse range of fiber art techniques, among them free-motion quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, fiber collage, fusing, and hand beading. Reflecting each artist’s unique story, training, and style, the materials incorporated into the textile narratives include cotton, batik, organdy, metal, newsprint, beads, found objects, photo transfers, buttons, shell, wood, and vintage fabrics. The works of And Still We Rise engage visitors to reflect on and respond to significant national events from the 17th century into the 21st century. The exhibition’s resonant theme is the triumph of the human spirit within African American culture. By exploring and unpacking events of four centuries through a female-dominated art medium, the quilts of this exhibition bear witness to and relate perspectives that written history has often neglected. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. & holidays 1-5 pm. 269-373-7990. FREE.
  • Through June 30th, 2017: Great Wall of Bees. Kalamazoo Nature Center. Lad Hanka is a bee keeper and a local independent studio artist.  His exhibit in the Glen Vista Artist Gallery explores the world of bees.  Mr. Hanka draws etchings and inserts them into the hive for bees to add the next layer.  At times the bees join forces with him to co-create interesting and unique works for art. Include a visit to the Glen Vista Gallery when exploring the Kalamazoo Nature Center and view Lad Hanka's works of art. 269-381-1574. FREE.
  • Through July 2nd, 2017:   Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A historical survey of printmaking in the Western world, beginning with at 15th-century woodcut by Michael Wolgemut and continuing through to a 2012 silk screen by Shepard Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 campaign poster of Barack Obama. Highlighting the remarkable diversity and ingenuity of the medium, Pressed for Time includes works by Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jane Hammond, Yvonne Jacquette, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.
  • Through Aug 27th, 2017: Impressions: Printmaking in Japan. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints fascinated Western artist in the late 19th century. The sense of space, color, and pattern and the glimpse of a distant time and place shown in these prints continue to captivate audiences today. Works from the KIA collection demonstrate the shift from traditional processes and imagery through the developments leading to Japanese printmaking today. Tue. & Wed. 11 am-5 pm; Thu. & Fri. 11 am-8 pm; Sat. 11 am-5 pm; Sun. 12-5 pm. 269-349-7775. $.