Hours

Gallery Hours

Wednesday/Thursday

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

 

Friday

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

 

Or call 816.645.1052 for appointment.

 

First Friday After Hours Jazz

To Be Announced

8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

$5.00 Donation

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Location

2033 Vine Street Kansas City, MO 64108
816.645.1052

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Contacting GCEC

Phone:  816.645.1052
Email: info@gemrocksart.org
Or complete online contact form.

History of the Gem Cultural and Educational Center

 

The Gem Theater Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Inc., d/b/a the Gem Cultural and Educational Center is a 21-year old arts not-for-profit corporation. The President of the organization is Pat Jordan who spearheaded the renovation of the Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Jordan started plans to renovate the Gem in 1989 and worked to convince preservationists of the vision to restore the façade and to build a new 21st century-ready interior. Today, the Gem has a record of hosting local, regional and national performance acts, and special events from weddings to corporate meetings and remains a key component in the fabric of the historic district.

Once the theater was opened, the Gem organization moved on to its second mission of supporting urban visual and performing artists. It moved its operation to the Crossroads District; then the Vine Street Lofts, just south of 18th& Vine (South Vine), where it anticipates opening a Cultural Arts Center in The Castle building, the City’s former jail house.

 

Moving Closer to Neighborhood Residents

The Gem organization recently moved its headquarters into the old Fire House No. 11 at 2033 Vine Street and expanded to another gallery, the Town House Gallery at 1021 N. 7th Street in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

 

Expanding and opening these gallery spaces has allowed us to:

  1. Expand our visual arts exhibition space; and
  2. Enhance our visual and performing arts-in-education programming

 

 

New Building Project

 

Cultural Arts Center Expansion Project

The Gem organization’s long range plan includes expanding its cultural exhibition and educational programming to the “Castle” building next door.   A new facility would provide the space for additional earned income and allow more space for educational classrooms and much-needed performance and workshop, lecture and group meeting areas.

 

Art Houses

 A unique prototype program that combines neighborhood stabilization with neighborhood arts programming involves taking an abandoned single family home in the Key Coalition Neighborhood and turning it into an “Art House”. The Gem organization will rehabilitate the house which is located on a block at its “tipping point;” place a permanent “artist-in-residence” in the home. Working with the neighborhood, the Gem organization and the artist will conduct on-going arts programming for neighborhood residents and children. This unique neighborhood stabilization program will assist the city in tackling one of our most tragic urban core issues: 12,000 vacant homes.

 

Staff Profiles

 

Pat Jordan – President

Pat Jordan, who spearheaded the renovation of the Gem Theater, now heads up the Gem Cultural and Educational Center. Jordan has served as a producer of numerous arts events including collaborations involving major arts organizations such as the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Repertory Theater, the Unicorn Theater, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the American Jazz Museum and the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She also serves as the curator of many visual arts exhibitions at the Vine Street Studio in Kansas City, Missouri and the Town House Gallery in Kansas City, Kansas, both art spaces run under the auspices of the Gem Cultural and Educational Center. Jordan has also produced performing arts shows; i.e., “18th & Vine: The Musical,” and “Follow Your Dreams,” the story of the first African American airplane pilot, which was videotaped at the Gem Theater and aired on public television stations around the country.

Ms. Jordan has served as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts; Chairman of The Light in the Other Room for Kansas City African American Artists; Member, Arts Committee for the Mayor’s Google Task Force; and President of Cross-Lines Towers, Inc. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Architectural, Urban Planning & Design Department of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She also was a recipient of the 2013 Missouri Arts Council Leadership Award.

 

Erlene Flowers – The Living Room Gallery Administrator

Erlene Flowers worked as an artist in Michigan, after technical training in art. She earned a degree in Art Education and taught for several years in high school during which time she continually created, designed and participated in exhibits and art shows. She studied advanced art and art history in Mexico and moved to Missouri several years ago, where she is establishing herself and her studio, Signature Creations, in Lee’s Summit, MO. She has traveled to African and European continents where her fascination with spirituality and religions in the world lead to inspiration in her paintings. Ms. Flowers has exhibited extensively and also now serves as the Administrator of the 2nd Floor “The Living Room Gallery” at the Vine Street Studio.

 

Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley serves as the Visual Arts Consultant for the Vine Street Studio. Mr. Kelley is currently the Director of the City Arts Project. He is a Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts. Sean started collecting contemporary art and working as an artist as curator, manager and producer of shows and performances. He is a past Director of the Morgan Gallery; Owner and Director of the Sean Kelley Gallery and Co-Founder and Director of Grand Arts. He now also serves as Curator for Artists and Artists’ Professional Manager and Mentor.

 

Board of Directors

 

Patricia A. Jordan – President

Robert E. Fitzgerald – Secretary

Karen Boyd – Board Member

Dr. Delia Gillis – Board Member

Jon Taylor – Board Member

 

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Contact

For further information about the Gem Cultural and Educational Center, our Art Galleries or Programs, please contact us by phone: 816.645.1052, email: info@gemrocksart.org or complete the online contact form.