May 17, 2007    #120
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Professor Gee and nine students present Art on the Block UMKC film & media arts students complete ambitious documentary

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Communications Studies assistant professor of film and media arts, Daven Gee, and nine UMKC students have completed a documentary film, “Art on the Block.” The film is the result of a year-long partnership between the students, Gee, 10 regional artists and H&R Block. It showcases the human dimension of art as an agent of urban renewal.

“The Film and Media Arts emphasis engages students in rigorous production and study of all types of films and videos,“ said Gee. “’Art on the Block’ was created in an advanced documentary workshop similar to other Academic Service Learning projects and student internships in which our students are engaged. This project was one of the largest and most ambitious to date in terms of cost, commitment, scope and profile of our partners.”

“Art on the Block” documents the creation of site-specific art for the new H&R Block headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. The 20-minute documentary will premiere Monday, May 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Copaken Stage, One H&R Block Way. A reception follows. The event is free, but reservations are requested. For additional details, call (816) 854-5678; e-mail, or visit

The screening is co-sponsored by H&R Block, UMKC Communication Studies, Leopold Gallery and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The student creators include Abozar Ardavani; Andrew Cangelose; Jordan Kerfield; John Moroso; Cathy Woolsey; Jithendria Kumar Aravamudhan; Jovan Sage; and Jessica Campbell.

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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