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Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways is one of the country’s early alternative arts spaces. Real Art Ways presents and produces new and innovative work by emerging and established artists, and serves as a crucial connection for audiences and artists regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization has sustained itself through committed support for new ideas and disciplines, and has steadily built a diverse and unique audience that crosses lines of color, sexual orientation, economics and age.

Under the leadership of executive director Will K. Wilkins, Real Art Ways moved to Parkville in 1995. Wilkins commissioned a series of vigorous public art projects, which have been placed in sites throughout the city. At the same time, Real Art Ways has been very involved in the Parkville neighborhood, and has participated in planning processes for a redesign of the central commercial district, and for neighborhood gateways. The Real Art Ways Cinema opened in the fall of 1996, showing first-run, independent films seven nights a week. The galleries were renovated and re-opened in June of 1999. The Real Room and Loading Dock Lounge were renovated and opened in November of 2002.

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