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Gordon Parks Celebration

Ellis Fine Arts Center - October 5, 2023 - October 7, 2023

  • Recognition of “Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons” Award recipients: Tommy Dodson, Mario E. Sprouse, Deborah Willis
  • Gordon Parks and Muhammad Ali – Professor John Edwin Mason, Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Department of History will explore the special friendship. Parks photographed the heavy weight champion in two photo-essays for LIFE Magazine and formed a great bond.
  • Merl Humphrey Photography photo contest.
  • Photo exhibit in the Gordon Parks Museum and Lobby of the Ellis Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
  • Chamber of Commerce Coffee at the Gordon Parks Museum.
  • Showing of the Gordon Parks film “The Learning Tree,” Ellis Fine Arts Center. FREE.
  • The Super Fly Trilogy,” fifty years after the premier of this soul Cinema masterpiece, Virginia State University Professor of Theater and Speech, L. Roi Boyd, presents his book and shares the backstory behind the film that was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr.
  • Showing of the Gordon Parks film “Leadbelly,” Ellis Fine Arts Center Auditorium. FREE.
  • Guided Trolley Tour of Gordon Parks The Learning Tree Film Scene Locations. Fee: $7.
  • Showing of “Moments Without Names” in the Ellis Fine Arts Auditorium.
  • “Learning from Gordon Parks” with Ann Dean, Freelance Photographer and Artist. Discussion about Gordon Parks’ documentation of American life and culture.
  • Open Mic Poetry
  • History of the Hawkins/Plaza School and All-School Reunion at Ellis Fine Arts Center.
  • “Back to Fort Scott, Plaza School Classmates and Descendants” at the Ellis Fine Arts Center.
  • Back to Fort Scott, Now” and “I Needed Paris” update with Professor Michael Cheers, Associate Professor, Photojournalism, School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State, Shreepad Jogekar, Department of Art and Associate Professor at Kansas State University, and Jason Miccolo Johnson, former professor, Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.
  • “Gordon Parks – Choice of Weapons” Award Recipients Tribute Dinner. Fee $35.
  • Entertainment / Live Music with “Celebration Dance Party” featuring the Kansas City All-Stars, KC’s premier dance party band. At The River Room, 3 N. National. $25 advance or $30 at door. See www.GordonParksCenter.org/events for information.