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Student Project Aims to Break Barriers for Minority Representation in KC

Limitless Artists KC is a student-run project that hopes to bring awareness to minority artists.
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Emily Wheeler
Works by Samantha Carr

  Limitless Artists KC aims to raise awareness and funding for underrepresented artists in the KC area.

  Princess Sarah Ehioguh started Limitless Artists KC after noticing a lack of representation among minorities in the art scene. 

  “The art of minorities is just as important as anyone else’s,” said Ehioguh. 

  Ehioguh said the goal is awareness and opportunity.

   “This project aims to clear a path for minorities and people of color who are often overlooked in the art world,” she said. 

  Researchers from the Public Library of Science published a study in 2019 that surveyed the diversity among artists in museums around the United States. Included in the research was the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (NAMA) in Kansas City.

  86.4% of the artists in the NAMA’s collection were reported as white. 0.4% African American and 1.3% Hispanic/Latino. 

  Junior art history major Samantha Carr believes the inclusion of minority artists is valuable.

  “It can show unity within a community, seeing all different perspectives come together in one place,” she said. 

  Carr believes museums should make an effort to promote diverse contemporary artists. 

  “It should reflect the diversity of a museum’s community. Promote the voices and art of minorities,” Carr said. 

  Ehioguh expressed that minority artists can have a harder time gaining an audience or access to supplies. 

  “Rent for an art studio is expensive. Supplies are expensive. This makes it hard for anyone economically disadvantaged to create art,” said Ehioguh. She hopes to plan an art supply donation event in the future. 

  To nominate an artist to be highlighted on their Instagram, students can DM @LimitlessArtistsKC on Instagram. 

  For more information on Limitless Artists KC email Princess- Sarah Ehioguh at [email protected]

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