Feb First Friday: Away from Home


Traveling exhibition opens in Kansas City for First Friday February

M-AAA is pleased to present Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories February 7 and March 6 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Away from Home, a traveling exhibition from M-AAA’s NEH on the Road program, will feature a selection of works and artifacts in our downstairs Convening Space. To visit the exhibition outside of First Friday, please schedule an appointment by emailing beth (at) maaa.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Away from Home contains stories of resilience and revitalization, agency and honor. Please be aware that it also contains descriptions of human indignities and hardships and terms that reflect historically racist perspectives and language from past eras. In speaking the truth about acts of seemingly unfathomable violence and suffering in the lives of Native peoples, this exhibition is advised for more mature audience members, grades eight to adult.

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of “Indianness,” even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Up until the 1930s, students were trained for domestic work and trade in a highly regimented environment. Many children went years without familial contact, and these events had a lasting, generational impact. This exhibition explores off-reservation boarding schools in its kaleidoscope of voices. Visitors will explore compelling photographs, artwork, interviews, interactive timelines, and immersive environments, including classroom and dormitory settings.

First Friday at Mid-America Arts Alliance is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.