Browsing the booths at this year’s UNplaza Art Fair, it’s clear that the event is more than just a response to the large-scale, high-priced art fair taking place a block away.
This art fair is also a benefit event for PeaceWorks Kansas City, an organization dedicated to ending violence in any form. It’s a way to provide Kansas Citians with access to more affordable artwork while supporting a local artist and local charity with each purchase.
“This is our big fundraising event for the year,” said PeaceWorks volunteer and board member Joseph Wun. “It funds all of our programs.”
Artwork offered at the fair included ceramics, used books, paintings and jewelry among other items. Every purchase made for an artist’s work included a donation to the organization.
PeaceWorks Kansas City is an organization working towards the end of violence and ban of nuclear weapons. Its mission includes “imagining and advocating for a world without war and its weapons at the level of personal conversion, to a larger scale of societal systemic change,” according to Wun.
This year’s UNplaza Art Fair took place at Southmoreland Park, adjacent to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and a block away from the Plaza Art Fair.
“I like that it’s more affordable, supports local artists, and benefits a charity,” said ceramic artist Laura Tyler. Fair attendees were able to browse different types of artwork with food trucks nearby.
Kansas City artist Sara Sellitto expressed enthusiasm for the fair as well, saying, “It’s a great local fair for local artists” and that she was “happy to support” PeaceWorks with her sales.
A PeaceWorks Kansas City tent was also featured at the fair to give attendees a chance to learn more about the organization, and offer a chance to get involved.