THE GATHERING: Women of the Arts in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO- Legendary Blues and Jazz artists are coming together to celebrate "Sisterhood" and close out Women's History Month by helping homeless women in Kansas City. The event will be held Sunday, March 30th from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St, in the historic Jazz District. The event will benefit the True Light Family Resource Center-Emancipation Station Women's Day Shelter for Homeless Women and Children & Freedom House Facility, located at 31ST & Charlotte. Community Activist and singer Mary Moore called on her colleagues and they said YES. Never before have so many notable and celebrated women in Jazz, Blues, R & B, Classical, Gospel, Dance and Spoken Word performed in a single event on 18th & Vine. That is what inspired Ms. Mary Moore to dub this event "The Gathering".
The Performers include: Ida McBeth, Lisa Henry, Kelley Hunt, Pamela BaskinWatson, Mary Moore, Toni Oliver (Oliver School of Music) and Living Legend & Elder Statesman Luqman Hamza. The accompanying band will be Jazz Masters: Eddie Moore, Tyrone Clark, Mike Warren and Christopher Clark. Additional performers include: Rogina Harden (Gospel), Alexandria Johnson (Classical), Sheri Hall (Poet) and Cheryl Barksdale (Dance). "Everyone is donating their time and some are even donating jewelry, CD's and memorabilia from their personal collections for the auction. I couldn't be more humble and proud of our generous artists in Kansas City," says Ms. Moore.
Ms Mary Moore has been the volunteer outreach activist for True Light, bringing food, clothing and personal care items, and conducting writing workshops over the last three years. During that time, she has watched the numbers of homeless women and children steadily increase. Those who live in the shelter have to leave every morning, and survive on the streets during the day and can only return at bedtime. The Emancipation Station Day Shelter is a place to come for a meal, to come inside protected from extreme weather conditions, to get a fresh change of clothes and receive a wide array of needs including diapers, bus tokens, assistance for housing and prayer.
BLUE ROOM (View)
1616 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108