Award-Winning Artist Kadir Nelson Discusses His Work

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For Immediate Release:
November 6, 2008
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
Award-Winning Artist Kadir Nelson Discusses His Work At The Kansas City Public Library And Dream Studio

One of America’s most renowned young artists, Kadir Nelson, discusses his work in Kansas City on Saturday, November 15.

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Nelson at 2 p.m. at the L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave. The artist visits Shane W. Evans’ Dream Studio, 711 E. 31th St., at 7:30 p.m.

Nelson, who works in a variety of styles, has made a name for himself in both the cinema and literary worlds. The Pratt Institute graduate was the lead conceptual artist for Steven Spielberg’s epic motion picture Amistad. Additionally, Nelson has collaborated with authors on picture books including Debbie Allen’s Dancing in the Wings, Ntozake Shange’s Coretta Scott King Award-winning Ellington Was Not a Street, Spike and Tonya Lee’s Please, Baby, Please, and Carol Boston Weatherford’s Moses: When Harriet Tubman Lead Her People to Freedom, a piece in which Nelson won NAACP Image and Coretta Scott King awards as well as a Caldecott Honor.

Recently, Nelson made his authorial debut with We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, a New York Times best-selling book that serves as a tribute to the storied league.

Original sketches from Nelson’s collection will be available for purchase at Dream Studio with proceeds, and other donations, going toward Africa Dream Project, a goodwill trip in which Shane W. Evans will teach art to children in Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS. Admission to the afternoon event is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. The evening event is also free and refreshments will be served. For further information, go to or go to

Admission to the afternoon event is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

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