Area Artists, Musicians to Present Programs on Hip Hop, Jazz, More

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Feb. 5, 2013 — Students, faculty, staff and area artists are joining together to celebrate the enormous contributions that black American’s make to the culture of our city and nation. The community is invited to visit the Donnelly campus and attend/participate in three events.

Thursday, February 7, 3 pm – 5 pm, DC Meeting Room HIP HOP Workshop (feat. REACH)

Workshop / Reach, (born Stacy D. Smith), is a Hip Hop artist from Kansas City, Mo., who began writing and reciting rhymes at age 13. He utilizes what he calls “blue-collar Rap,” a reality-based, personable brand of Hip Hop, to combat an industry saturated with negative imagery and stereotypes. Workshop participants will interact with a professional artist and have the opportunity to create original rhymes. Direct questions to Betsy Gran at

February 11 – March 27, DC Community Arts Space The Tradition Jams On: A Chronicle of Jazz with Kansas City’s Mutual Musicians Foundation

Gallery Exhibit / Kansas City is widely regarded as one of the original cradles of jazz and for nearly a century, the Mutual Musicians Foundation has served as an epicenter of musicians and entertainers who continue to keep Kansas City’s jazz legacy alive. Come hear their story. Direct questions to Andrew Julo at

Thursday, February 21 – 5:30 pm – 7 pm, DC Meeting Room Young Jazz Masters Performance

Performance / The newest wave of jazz performers to hit Kansas City will perform. The Young Jazz Masters is an early jazz preparatory program aimed at serving youth in Kansas City who wish to further their music education and research in the fundamentals of jazz studies. The audience will hear some jazz favorites performed by talented young musicians. Performers will talk about the fundamentals of the genre. A 30-minute video highlighting the development of Kansas City-based jazz will be shown. Refreshments will be served. Direct questions to Andrew Julo at

About Donnelly Donnelly College, located in Kansas City, Kansas, is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Donnelly was established in 1949 to make college accessible to urban immigrants and the working class. Today, the College continues that tradition by offering affordable access to higher education. Racially and ethnically diverse students learn in an exceptionally supportive environment and engage in a strong general education curriculum integrated with career-oriented majors. Bachelor’s and associate degrees as well as certificates are offered. Donnelly is the region’s only federally designated Minority Serving and Hispanic Serving Institution. To find out more, please visit


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