Discovery Speaker Series: Sydney Hamilton

Air Zoo 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI

Boeing structural design engineer discusses her story and passion for sharing experiences with youth from groups underrepresented in the STEM, 6–9 p.m. Sept. 29.

Portage Community Art Award Exhibition

Portage City Hall 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ West Michigan Area Show, this exhibition presents works from this year’s winning Portage artist whose work best represents the theme "A Natural Place to Move," 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Sept. 16–Oct. 28, Portage City Hall Atrium, portagemi.gov/calendar.

Books and Crafts

Richland Community Library 8951 Park St., Richland, MI

Embroidery projects inspired by Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5; registration required.

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.

KPL Mobile Library: Family Literacy Day

Kalamazoo Literacy Council 420 E. Alcott St., Kalamazoo, MI

Focusing on fire safety, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Kalamazoo Literacy Council, 420 E. Alcott St.

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra

The Dock at Bayview 12504 East D Ave., Richland, MI

7 p.m. Oct. 5, The Dock at Bayview, 12504 East D Ave., Richland; call 731-4911 for reservations.

Portage Community Art Award Exhibition

Portage City Hall 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ West Michigan Area Show, this exhibition presents works from this year’s winning Portage artist whose work best represents the theme "A Natural Place to Move," 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Sept. 16–Oct. 28, Portage City Hall Atrium, portagemi.gov/calendar.

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.

Men and Their Environments

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

Artist Richard Lou, sculptor Brent Harris and moderator Michael Stone-Richards examine the role the land plays in their work, 6–8 p.m. Oct. 6.

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