Arts & More

Sharon Hoogstraten

Chicago photographer and Potawatomi member Sharon Hoogstraten has been photographing Potawatomi people in their regalia for the past eight years. She’ll give a talk at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on Tuesday, September 19th at noon.


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The first Women’s Rights Convention was held in New York in 1848, but women wouldn’t win the right to vote until 70 years later.

“Many people think that this began sometime in the 1900s and oh maybe after 10 or 15 years they got it done. That wasn’t the case," says Lin Cote, vice president of the Ladies Library Association in Kalamazoo.


The Kalamazoo State Theatre is turning 90 this year. To celebrate, the theatre will offer a host of events for Art Hop on September 8th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


AP Images/Andrew Savulich

A house ball or Harlem ball is where drag queens, transgender, and gender nonconforming people dress up and dance or walk the floor. It's named after the Harlem neighborhood in New York.


Musician Brian Laliberte busks during the downtown Kalamazoo Art Hop
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Three years ago, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo decided to expand the monthly art hops outside of downtown.

“I think there was a desire to showcase the artists in their neighborhood but I think overall it was a desire to showcase the artists that are in Kalamazoo. I think they knew Art Hop was an economic driver. They saw the crowds they wanted to be part of it," says Beth McCann, deputy director of the Arts Council. 


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