Artspeak Radio 10th Anniversary with ArtsKC, Nelson Atkins Museum, & Mattie Rhodes

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, September 21, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd celebrates the 10th anniversary of Artspeak Radio for the entire month of September!! Founded in 2012 by writer Blair Schulman and artist/writer Maria Vasquez Boyd, Artspeak Radio began as a 30- minute program monthly then progressed to a full hour that now includes podcasts of each program. Local and international artists, performers, poets, writers, musicians, arts organizations, and more have graced the airwaves with their talent and information making Artspeak Radio the conduit for arts and creativity.

Through the generous guidance of our beloved Mark Manning who sparked our interest, Artspeak Radio would not exist, we love you and thank you dear friend.

Many thanks to KKFI staff, volunteers, friends, family, and listeners for supporting KKFI Kansas City Community Radio throughout the years and my heartfelt gratitude for your support of Artspeak Radio.

This week we welcome Sarah Hyde Schmeidler Manager, Multigenerational Learning and Engagement Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Jenny Mendez Director Mattie Rhodes Art & Cultural Center, and ArtsKC Program Manager of Grants Tara Kariam.

JENNY MENDEZ & SARAH HYDE SCHMEIDLER- Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!
Day of the Dead is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. It is unlike any holiday where mourning is exchanged for celebration.

Mattie Rhodes Art & Cultural Center Calendar:
First Friday, October 7, 2022 – Exhibit Opening & Celebration
First Friday, November 4, 2022 – Exhibit Closing & Calaca Night Parade

Nelson Atkins Dia de los Muertos Festival
October 30, 2022 10:00AM Día de los Muertos Festival
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | FREE All activities and performances are FREE
Celebrate the culture of Mexico at the annual Día de los Muertos Festival! Experience dance, music, artist demonstrations, and poetry readings throughout the day.
Altar Installation | Kirkwood Hall, Plaza Level
Welcome Table | Sculpture Hall, Plaza Level
Learn about traditional elements of Día de los Muertos altars thanks to the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.
PERFORMANCES | Atkins Auditorium, Lobby Level
Los Bailadores de Kansas City | 10:30–11:15 a.m.
See dance performances of selected states of Mexico and intricately handmade clothing celebrating Mexican heritage.
Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana | 12:30*–1:15 p.m.
Embrace Mexican culture through traditional styles of Mexican folkloric dance representing Mexico states of Michoacan and Nayarit, performed by students of all ages.
*Special welcoming remarks before 12:30 p.m. performance
El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco | 2–2:45 p.m. & 3:30–4:15 p.m.
Enjoy traditional Mexican dances representing various states in Mexico performed by dancers of all ages.

PERFORMANCES | Bloch Building, Lobby Level
Calacas Procession | 10:45 a.m.
Mariachi Azteca from Guadalupe High School | 11:15–11:45 a.m.
Guadalupe Center Middle School Mariachi | 12:30–1 p.m.
Performances by students from the Art as Mentorship program | 2–2:30 & 3–3:30 p.m.
Photo Op with Calacas | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Art Activitiy
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Rooms 1,2 & 3, Nelson-Atkins Building, Lobby Level
Decorate your own paper Día de los Muertos picture frame to take home.
Learn More
Noon–4 p.m. | Educator Resource Center, Nelson-Atkins Building, Lobby Level
View resources about printmaking, Mexican culture, and more.
Live Printing
10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Rockhill Room, Bloch Buildiing, Level 2
Pick up a free print by local artists led by Erick Felix fresh off the mobile printing press. While supplies last.
1–4 p.m. | Rockhill Room, Bloch Building, Level 2
Virginia Oropeza demonstrates traditional Mexican crafts.
Book Display and Paper Picture Frame Decorating
1–4 p.m. | Spencer Art Reference LIbrary, Bloch Building, Level 2
Enjoy a special book display and color a Día de los Muertos paper picture frame.
Preschool Storytime
10:30–11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.–Noon | Noguchi Court, Bloch Building
Hear stories about Mexico presented by the Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch.

1–1:30 p.m. & 2–2:30 p.m. | Noguchi Court, Bloch Building
Latino writers from Missouri and Kansas read specially selected poetry.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Prices vary.
Rozzelle Court Restaurant | Nelson-Atkins Building, Plaza Level
The Tamale Kitchen | Bloch Lobby, Lobby Level
Supports opportunities to the Hispanic community in the Northeast Kansas City area.
Panaderia de las Americas | Bloch Lobby, Plaza Level
Sugar skulls and special Día De Los Muertos bread. While supplies last.
Yoli Tortilleria | Nelson-Atkins Building, Rooms 4 & 5
Purchase fresh, quality, locally and seasonally sourced specialties reflecting the rich diversity in Mexican cuisine including mini burritos, esquites, chips and salsa, aguas frescas, and café de olla cold brew.
Thank You Support for the festival is provided by Bank of America, Husch Blackwell, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor Advised Fund.
FREE parking in garage for museum members; $12 parking for nonmembers. Additional parking and FREE shuttle to the museum available at Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Gardens, 4800-01 Rockhill Road.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
[email protected]

TARA KARIAM is the Program Manager of Grants at ArtsKC
Creative Initiatives Impact Funding – deadline 9/26
Creative Initiatives Impact Funding is for organizations or initiatives who support Jackson County or Kansas City, MO neighborhood and community development with arts and culture projects, activities, or programs. Creative Initiatives funding is meant to promote accessibility to the arts, arts education, as well as partnerships and collaborations in the arts.
Mission Support – deadline 10/27
Mission Support Grants support non-profit organizations with the arts as their primary purpose. Funding is unrestricted.
Project Support – deadline 2/28/2023
Project Support Grants are for non-profit organizations with arts projects, activities, or programs, especially if they are not year-round programs. ArtsKC funding is meant to support public-facing and publicly accessible programming.

Tara Kariam facilitates hundreds of applications for funding a year, convenes decision committees, administers approvals and denials, and provides critical feedback to applicants.She earned her BFA in Art History from the University of Kansas. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Tara is also a painter and an art history adjunct at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She is dedicated to strengthening her community through art and has volunteered in art-related capacities at nonprofits such as SafeHome, ReStart, and Johnson County Corrections.

ARTSKC Regional Arts Council
106 Southwest Blvd KCMO 64108


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