Geo Mystery Tour – See it to BeLeaf it!

This is Geocaching with a twist! Hunt for adventure in the Portage Parks System. A different mystery is revealed every other month and it’s up to you to uncover the answers. Join the story at any time, but all adventures must be completed by the last day of the month. To register, visit mypark.portagemi.gov and click on the purple "Recreation Activities & Facility Rentals" button.

2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival

2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival — A festival celebrating diversity of the piano repertoire and featuring world-class musicians, April 8–May 15, various area locations, 342-1166; see thegilmore.org for full schedule.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show — Works by youth from Kalamazoo County schools and works by high school students from Southwest Michigan, April 9–May 22.

Memoir

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Ste 103A, Kalamazoo

Memoir — Exhibition of two book-art projects by Mary Proenza: Truth Comes Slowly and her memoir in progress, through May 27, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 103A, 373-4938, kalbookarts.org.

Poetry On The Trail

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 2685 East C Avenue, Augusta, MI

During the month of April, we are celebrating National Poetry Month by placing poems along the paths. Be inspired by both nature and the art of poetry as you walk the trail. Stop into the Resource Center to get a poetry prompt and create your own nature-inspired poem about your visit.  

Toys: The Inside Story

Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Explore the inner workings of toys and create your own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits, through May 1.

If your parents never let you break open your Etch A Sketch to find out how it works, or if you’ve been wondering how to stop your toddler’s push toy from making such an infernal racket, you’ll love Toys: The Inside Story.

The Forgotten Fights of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy

Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Traces the history of the academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences, Feb. 5–Sept. 18.

Broken into 12 “rounds” in tribute to the structure of a boxing match, the exhibit will trace the history of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences there. Details about the gym and the communal living space at the house will be uncovered, along with stories about the fighting techniques and philosophies of the trainers that made the gym in Kalamazoo unique and successful.

Colors! Shapes! Patterns!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

The Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery is awash in vivid colors, fun shapes, and interesting patterns – some of the fundamental building blocks of art. Let’s explore how artists have used these elements in different and unique ways. Do any of these shapes surprise you? Can simple colors make a realistic picture? Can a pattern evoke a feeling? Consider these elements and then see if you can identify them in our other galleries or even outside of the KIA!

Linling Lu: Musical Meditations

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

Linling Lu: Musical Meditations is an exhibition of recent and new works that continues the artist’s investigations and responses to sound and color. Inspired by various musical genres, such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites and Japanese Taiko master Eitetsu Hayashi’s drum piece, Fertility of the Sea, Lu channels these musical encounters, creating circular compositions that become physical manifestations of the music playing in her studio.

Unveiling American Genius

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about our culture, art, and history.

Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.

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