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 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 baseball league.
Admission to the afternoon event is free. Click here  or call 816.701.3407 to reserve a seat.