ARTSPEAK RADIO- Mendez, Fierro, Moreno, & Open Spaces

Wednesday October 3, 2018 Noon – 1PM CST

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with John Fierro Mattie Rhodes Center President/CEO, Jenny Mendez Director Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery, Office of Culture & Creative Services Consuelo Cruz, artist/musician Amado Espinoza, April Pugh owner of Ingrain Studio, artist Martin Cail, and interdisciplinary artist/writer Carmen Moreno.

John Fierro, President &CEO, Mattie Rhodes Center and Jenny Mendez, Director of Cultural Affairs, Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery discuss the progress of the Mattie Rhodes Capital Campaign and upcoming events.

For the last twenty years, Mattie Rhodes has been the heart of Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Kansas City. Festivities are held in the historic Westside neighborhood, home to many of Kansas City’s Latinx residents. It began in the classrooms of the Mattie Rhodes Art Center where children worked on Dia de los Muertos themed projects after school. Since then Mattie Rhodes Center has dedicated itself to this idea and hosts a variety of events during Dia de los Muertos, including an altar exhibition made for and by members of the community, cultural workshops and tours, and related celebrations in the streets of the Westside. Altogether, we hope to create an experience that honors the traditional celebration of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. We cherish the connections and collaborations we have made through this event with our community members as well as valued institutions around the city such as the Kansas City Museum in the Northeast, Stonelion Puppets Theater, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

October 5th, 2018 from 6-10 PM- First Friday opening reception altar & art exhibition
October 6th, 2018 from 1-10 PM- Annual Dia de los Muertos Street Festival
October 24th, 2018 from 6-10 PM- Ignite! Art Auction at Boulevard Brewing Company
November 2nd, 2018 from 6-10 PM- Closing Reception & Calaca Street Parade

Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery 915 & 919 W. 17th Street KCMO 64108
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Amado Espinoza’s interest for music awoke at the age of eight, participating in the military band of his elementary school, playing instruments of the Andean region, like the Sikus (or panflute). At the age of 16 he began formal studies in music at the Andrés Bello Institute, where he studied classical guitar. He continued his musical education at the Conservatory Milan in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while investigating ethnic instruments from various parts of the world. He studied under Professor Alberto Iporre Salinas, ex chairman of the Conservatory of Hungary.
In 2000 he established the Museum of Musical Instruments for the Foundation Luis Ernesto of the Andes, housing over 500 pieces from six continents, and producing four albums for Tribu Kona, a world music ensemble that he founded.
He was in-house composer for the Circus Theatre El Tapeque between 2011-2012, and composed the music to the award-winning stage play Mocambo, among various commercial and independent productions. Amado collaborated with many artists, most notably with one of Bolivia’s favorite rock bands, Oil.
Amado is well known in Bolivia and beyond for his skill in playing dozens of native instruments, as well as for his fine craftsmanship of custom-made native instruments. His instruments are being played by clients from France, England, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Mexico, and all over South America.
Since his arrival to Kansas City, MO in 2014, Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, Folk Alliance International, and has been featured with many local bands. He is the 2017 Charlotte St. Resident Performing Arts Fellow. He co-directed and composed We are the Landscape, a contemporary indigenous stage performance, which debuted in 2016. He is composing and co-directing UMKC’s Storytelling Project (debut: February, 2018) with his wife, theatre artist Karen Lisondra.
Amado is currently recording a new álbum in Kansas City with percussionist Andres Ramirez, violinist Tina Bilberry, and bassist Johnny Hamil.
Amado Espinoza is a musician and instrument maker. He not only performed in Open Spaces as part of Amado and Lisondra’s Junkyard Orchestra, he also helped with the fabrication of Resonator, a sculpture located at the American Jazz Museum that’s part of Open Spaces – The Exhibition.

April Pugh, Owner of Ingrain Studio-With nearly 30 years experience, Ingrain Studio is a full service art and commercial studio located in Kansas City. From welders to hand saws, the right tool for the right job is at our disposal. One of our favorite projects is taking wood felled on a homeowner’s property, then, once dried, work the material into its new form, letting it live-out a second life. If you anticipate losing a tree, or already have one down, contact the studio. We can help you preserve the material, design a custom project, and fabricate it into a finished product.
April fabricated Resonator, working with the artist, German-based artist Nevin Aladag and Amado.
Martin Cail is one of Open Spaces Exhibition artists and was also involved in the installation of 2 other Exhibition works and the fabrication of a table for another Open Spaces Exhibition. Cail is a Kansas City artist whose characteristic medium is abstract painting that employs ink and pigment washes mixed with various solvents to create luminous, swirling effects. Cail has custom crafted his own inks, techniques and tools to develop a body of work that blends his interests in stained glass, ceramic glazes and watercolor with aspects of science and spirituality. The fluidity of the materials, process and technique, provide for curves and spirituality.

Martin Cail

Consuelo Cruz, Office of Culture and Creative Services, Arts Marketing Coordinator, Cruz is responsible for the coordination of marketing strategies that promote the City’s dynamic arts and cultural activity. She also facilitates access to information and resources utilizing approaches that target residents, workers, visitors, artists and creative professionals.
Open Spaces website:

Carmen Moreno received her BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute in Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Writing with a certification in Community Arts and Service Learning. She is currently working as an independent artist in Kansas City, Mo and maintains a studio practice of experimentation and open-mindedness. In applying the sensibilities of science to art, Carmen attempts to create visual language that transforms her emotional-intuitive experiences into innovative installations, performances, and interactive design.

Kansas City Artist Carmen Moreno is gearing up for the first phase of her latest project focused on Latina culture, feminine identity, and family separation. Over the course of her childhood her father was deported several times, the final resulting in separation for 12 years. She sets out on a journey throughout Mexico to gather stories and conduct cultural research investigating visual imagery, narratives, and the current feminist movement in reaction to the crisis of family separation at the border.

To see full project outline and details of the Cultural Research Residency


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