Artspeak Radio with Christopher Leitch and Bruce Mathews

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 9am – 10am CST, streaming live audio

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes monthly contributor/artist Christopher Leitch and photographer/historian, Bruce Mathews.

Bruce Mathews is a professional photographer and a committed local historian. He has authored, edited and published a number of definitive volumes on Kansas City History, including: Kansas City: Our Collective Memories, The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City Windows of Kansas City: Art, History & Inspiration, and JANSSEN PLACE: A Unique Kansas City Neighborhood.

All these volumes include original research from many of Kansas City’s leading history writers and citizens, and they are lavishly illustrated by the stunning photography of Bruce Mathews himself. Learn more:

Christopher Leitch served as Assistant Dean at Kansas City Art Institute. He was a consulting curator with the Center for Creative Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he was director of Kansas City Museum. Christopher has been a visiting lecturer and instructor at many schools across the United States. Christopher earned an MA in Visual Arts from Goddard College in Vermont and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. He also attended the University of Oklahoma for three years. Christopher’s art works have been widely exhibited and toured, and his writings have been published in ArtPapers Atlanta, New Art Examiner and Ceramics: Art and Perception. Christopher was lead author of “LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums: developing a resource for the museum field” in Museums and Social Issues, and he is a contributing author with Renae Youngs to companion article, “Diversity in Museum Hiring” for Museum Magazine. Christopher has presented papers for the American Alliance of Museums, Alliance of Midwest Museums, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Canadian Museums Association. More information at:

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