Kansas City Art Scene Power Rankings!!!
Let's give post-election drama a rest for the late night and finish this day of blogging with a brief consideration of the most socially active among our Kansas City creative community.
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CHECK TONIGHT'S KANSAS CITY ART SCENE POWER RANKINGS AND GUIDE TO THE LOCAL CREATIVE CLASS!!!
There are a lot of worthwhile artists in Kansas City but these folks we've identified take their inventive game to the next level and have earned acclaim for both their creativity and social commentary.
Kansas City's Greatest Living Novelist
Assistant Professor in creative writing at UMKC, Whitney Terrell took the literary world by storm this year with a girl power opus documenting the hard knock life of ladies in combat. He has earned the praise of media across the globe for this latest novel that skews slightly politically correct given the military subject matter but certainly found a receptive audience among critics. Moreover, his work is so impressive that he actually manged to get a few words in edgewise when talking with Crosby Kemper III in a recent interview.
Hail The Queen Of Kansas City Arts!!!
Peregrine Honig is undoubtedly the most successful artist in Kansas City and her reign continued this year with a bit of bathroom creativity aimed at challenging media rage over toilet etiquette. Look for this lady and the arch nemesis of TKC to continue her work during the Trump years.
Kansas City's Rap Music Revolutionary
Les Izmore is the conscience of Kansas City's rap community. His lyrics are powerful, hard-hitting and unflinchingly brutal when it comes to attacking the status quo. Follow him on social media and be prepared to witness a bold and provocative analysis of current events. While the heyday of socially conscious might be in the past, if there is any hope of using music to uplift and inform the urban community; Lez Izmore is at the forefront of the next epoch of hip-hop.
The KC Comic Artist Of Record
Retorts Illustrated is a MUST SEE for any Kansas City newsreader. Creator Bryan Stalder leans centre-right with his political ideology and he was a Trump supporter but he skewers both sides with his art that is consistently insightful and important to the local discourse. Better yet, "El Bryan" doesn't just provide commentary, he offered a bit of competition in the 4th District City Council At-Large race and regularly questions local political wisdom online.
New Local Latino Voice
Chico Sierra is a visual and performing artist living in Kansas City, MO. This year he just released his first collection of poetry and his readings, concerts and activism have inspired quite a few people around Midtown.
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Given the divisive discourse that has become the "new normal" of the political scene, look to these local artists to give voice and inspire the next generation of Kansas City residents searching for meaning beyond all of the partisan rhetoric.
As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.