Kansas City is home to many artists and artist collectives. Here are a few places around the city where you can engage with local artists, makers and craftspeople—most offer inclusive studio classes and workspaces for you to tap into your own creativity.
Kansas City Textile Arts Center
Kansas City Textile Arts Center is a grassroots, artist-run and inclusive space in the Strawberry Hill district that offers small classes and workshops in textile arts. You can find their schedule for upcoming classes at kctextileartscenter.com.
KC Clay Guild
KC Clay Guild promotes ceramic arts by offering studio classes and ceramic workshops in the Waldo neighborhood. They also provide gallery space and outreach programs to encourage participation from all members of the community. You can find details about their events online at kcclayguild.org.
Maker Village is a shared woodworking and metalworking shop in Midtown that offers workspace, memberships and classes. Saturdays are open-shop sessions at Maker Village, and anyone can utilize the equipment during that time. They have monthly intro classes and higher-level courses as well. See more at makervillagekc.org.
Cherry Pit Collective
Cherry Pit Collective is a studio space for women and non-binary artists, makers and creatives in Kansas City. They offer classes and events for skill sharing and collaboration. Learn more at cherrypitcollective.com.
The Strawberry Swing
The Strawberry Swing is a Midwest makers market and celebration of the handmade movement. The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair showcases high-quality vendors in an inclusive and accessible environment. You can shop The Strawberry Swing’s curated marketplace at shoplocalkc.com.