Kansas City, Kansas, kicks off its 2009 Follow the Dotte Art Walk series this evening with a bit of a twist. Usually, the galleries around Minnesota Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets open their doors on the second Friday of each month, but in March they're open the second Thursday night, too, in honor of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools' annual student art showcase, Beyond the Classroom. The show features more than 200 student works displayed at City Hall (701 North Seventh Street), the Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities Gallery (756 Armstrong), Imago Dei Arts Center (730 Armstrong) and the Town House Gallery (1021 North Seventh Street). On Thursday, student musicians will perform at City Hall, and student improv teams will perform in the YWCA's Black Box Theater (1017 North Sixth Street). The receptions run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Other area galleries will be open as well. Call 913-787-5568 for information.
Thu., March 12, 4-5:30 p.m.; Fri., March 13, 5-8 p.m., 2009