Maria talks with Art Director Jenny Mendez with the Mattie Rhodes Art Center, Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler-Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs & Events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Suzanne Gladney founder of the Migrant Farmworkers Project with Luke Trinka, and musician/artist/performer Pablo Sanhueza.
The Nelson Atkins Museum presents the annual 2016 Annual Dia de los Muertos, Sunday November 6 from 10 am to 4pm at the Nelson-Atkins Museum located at 4525 Oak St. KCMO. The event is free, no tickets required.
DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR INSTALLATION
Kirkwood Hall October 26-November 6
Experience a towering centerpiece in Kirkwood Hall featuring over one hundred paper maché skulls decorated in collaboration with the Mattie Rhodes Center, local artists, area students and the museum community. You are invited to add your own special remembrance. Artists demonstrations, live music, performance, and poetry readings are scheduled for this beautiful celebration!
Nelson Atkins-Museum 4525 Oak St. KCMO
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund (MFAF) is based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1984, MFAF’s services were organized originally as part of Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP), a project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri. MFAF was established as a separate non-profit in 1998, and was accorded 501c3 IRS status in 2003. MFAF serves and empowers Missouri’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers. MFAF’s staff meet with migrant farmworkers when they first arrive at the orchards in late summer to determine their eligibility for public benefits, for medical and dental services, and to complete school enrollment forms. From then until workers migrate elsewhere, MFAF seeks to meet critical needs and assist with a variety of health and other issues. For those families that settle in the area, ongoing assistance is provided.
Pablo Sanhueza is a Chilean born and raised latin percussionist and bandleader. Since his arrival to Kansas City in 2003 He has distinguished himself as one of the foremost young exponents of Latin American and Caribbean music across the midwest. Since 2005, Pablo has led Makuza, a Kansas City based eight piece contemporary salsa ensemble, his latin jazz quintet as well as freelancing for many projects. Most recently Pablo is co-leading The Kansas City Latin Side All Stars, a project in collaboration with The American Jazz Museum.
Although primarily self taught, Pablo has enjoyed the guidance of Jazz saxophonist and composer Bobby Watson, with whom he toured Europe in 2006, appearing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Red Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Pablo also has studied with Afro-Cuban legends Jesus Alfonso, Sandy Perez, ( Muñequitos de matanzas) & Felipe Villamil ( Master artist at National Endowment for the Arts, Congolese masters Titos Sompa & Mabiba Boegne, Brazilian mestre Carlos Barrao ( Axe Capoeira), Senegalese drummer choreographer Fara Tolno and Zimbabwean choreographer, percussionist Rujeko Masango (Tony award winning first dancer and director of Broadway’s Fela Kuti the musical)
In recent years Pablo has found himself performing alongside some of the Latin Jazz legends and African drumming masters who had inspired him in his early years. Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson are among the international artists Pablo has had the honor to play with.
Blue Room 1600 E. 18th St. KCMO
Thursday October 27 Time: 7:00 pm