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folks create their own culture, CrossCurrents
has offered affordable entertainment in a rich community spirit for over
25 years, often preferring crude vigor to polished banality!
KANSAS CITY’S FOLK ARTS ALLIANCE
has changed its tagline! Our new tagline, designed to highlight the multi-faceted
nature of our not-for-profit organization, is:
“Kansas City’s Folk Arts Alliance”
You, our members, know about our various councils and about how many kinds
of folk arts activities we sponsor, but we’re not sure how far that
message reaches. We decided that the best way to make people understand
what we do is to include the message in our name, and since we are a folk
arts alliance, why not call ourselves what we are? Why not indeed!
What all does our folk alliance cover? Lots!
Monthly banjo jams sponsored by our Banjo Council, performance art sponsored
by our Big Bang Buffet council, grassroots theater sponsored by our CC
Theater Council, twice monthly barn dances sponsored by our Dance Council,
traditional folk music concerts sponsored by our KC Folk Music Council,
twice monthly opportunities for local songwriters to perform and share
songs sponsored by our Songwriters Circle Council, women’s music
concerts and comedian performances sponsored by our Willow Productions
Council, to name some of our current activities. Want us to do more? You
can be part of our activities, just show up with a folk arts idea, we
always welcome folks who are looking for a place to put on their own show.
So, you may ask, what do we mean by folk and what
have we done with our old taglines? Well, to paraphrase Utah Phillips,
you are the folk, this is your art, comprende? We’re still people
creating our own culture. And, in full recognition of the validity of
the tagline we put on our 30th anniversary tee-shirt, we’re still
people who engage in self-indulgence through the arts in the name of social
justice. Finally, as we have done for over 30 years starting with our
initial organization as The Foolkiller (which
in turn was started by Folk University), we adhere to Jack Conroy’s
directive to prefer crude vigor over polished banality. Remember, as one
becomes enlightened, one kills the fool within.
CrossCurrents, Kansas City’s Folk Arts Alliance, has been keeping
folk arts and folk culture alive in Kansas City for over 30 years.