Artspeak Radio with Nelson-Atkins, Belger Arts, & Manheim Gardens

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, October 27, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs and Event Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Tyler Kimball head of Belger Arts’ department and Katie Hogan Belger Crane Yard Gallery Manager and glass artist, Taylor Fourt Manheim board member and performer Nicolette Paige.

SARAH HYDE SCHMEIDELER, Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs and Event, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art- Experience an altar featuring traditional elements within an elaborately decorated house structure–created in collaboration with local artists, students, and Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City. Add your own remembrance and take home a special art activity sheet. November 4, 2021 10:00AM
Day of the Dead Display, November 1- 15, 2021
4525 Oak Street KCMO 64111

TYLER KIMBALL head of Glass Dept. at Belger Arts & KATIE HOGAN, glass artist-Belger Arts is pleased to open its newest location, the Belger Glass Annex, with a Halloween-themed community event on Saturday, October 30, 6 pm to 9 pm at 1219 East 19th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. The public is invited to a fun-filled evening that includes glass blowing demonstrations, tours of the new Glass Annex, mingling with glass artists, refreshments, and the sale of glass pumpkins. 
The Belger Glass Annex is the first public glass blowing studio in Kansas City of its 
scale and scope. The new facility boasts state of the art glass blowing equipment and 
tools, a furnace that holds 300 pounds of molten glass, and three work stations, making 
it an ideal location for teaching classes and hosting visiting artists. 
Belger Arts is known for its contemporary art exhibitions, ceramics studios and related 
educational programming. The addition of the Glass Annex creates a unique 
opportunity for the cross pollination of ideas and materials across multiple art 
mediums. The Belger Glass Annex is primed to be a Midwest hub for glass art, 
education and appreciation, strengthening Kansas City’s reputation as an arts 
Classes begin on October 20th. To schedule a visit and to learn more about classes, 
please visit or call 816-474-7316. 
Safety measures: 
Belger Arts is committed to maintaining a safe place for our visitors, studio members 
and staff. To ensure this, we require that visitors, employees and studio members wear 
a mask. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer are available.

Since 2000, the Belger Arts Center has encouraged viewers to explore, question, and 
deepen their understanding of art and of the world around them. Drawing upon the 
extensive John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation collection as well as a rich variety 
of local, national, and international artists, the Belger Arts Center has staged over 70 
large-scale exhibitions that represent some of the best in contemporary art. 

In 2013, Belger Arts expanded the Foundation’s commitment to the creative process by 
opening Belger Crane Yard Studios, an arts complex dedicated to providing studio and 
exhibition space for artists. A range of programming in ceramics education, in addition 
to the Red Star Residency program and Crane Yard Clay ceramics supply store, has 
made Belger a center for contemporary art. 
For more information on upcoming exhibitions, classes, and workshops, or to schedule 
a group tour, please visit or call 816-474-7316

Tyler Kimball is the head of the Glass Department at Belger Arts, in addition to owning and operating Monarch Glass Studio in the 18th and Vine District. He has been working with glass since 1999, first as a stained glass artist, and later as a factory glass blower, before opening his own glass studio. Born and raised in Kansas City, Tyler lived in Alaska, Seattle, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon, before returning to the Show Me State to start Monarch Glass Studio to bring his love of glass to his hometown. His artwork has been featured in galleries and museums internationally, including the Contemporary Glass Museum in London and the National Art Museum of Spots. His signature glass shuttlecocks are in private and public collections around the nation, including several here in Kansas City. Since opening Monarch Glass Studio in 2015, Tyler has installed a number of large-scale installations, including the stained glass windows at the new UH2 building at Truman Medical Center on Hospital Hill and at the Sullivan Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Tyler is thrilled for the opening of the Belger Glass Annex, which will increase awareness of glass art in the greater Kansas City area and will attract artists from all over with classes, events, and residencies.

Katie Hogan is a glass artist, graphic designer, and custom framer from Kansas City, MO. After graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in Studio Art she moved to Chicago where she co-owned Fill in the Blank Gallery and managed a custom framing shop. She got a part time job working for a local glass artist which sparked the desire to pursue glassworking further. She enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she completed their entire glass curriculum while pursuing a degree in Communication Design. Upon graduating, she returned to Kansas City and worked for several years at Monarch Glass Studio and Dolphin Frames before becoming the Gallery Manager at Belger Crane Yard Studios.

TAYLOR FOURT, Manheim Gardens board member and NICOLETTE PAIGE, performer-Manheim Gardens is throwing our annual Harvest Festival, October 30th 11 AM to sundown at 4229 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110. The event is always a multicultural, multigenerational celebration of the changing seasons, but this year, we’re going all out. We’ve invited dozens of creative vendors to share their wares with the community, including henna artists, vegan eateries, tarot readers, visual artists, and more. Be entertained with ghost stories by playwrights at KC Public Theatre, musical talent from as far away as Portland, Oregon, and a special sunset Dia De Los Muertos performance. All ages can enjoy the sugar skulls art booth, vegetable harvests, self-guided tours, and of course, our lively yard birds. Manheim Gardens has partnered with local Troost business Harvest Moon Botanica and Soul Child Awakenings to put on the boldest bash the neighborhood has ever seen! Come see for yourself–  October 30th 11 AM to sundown, 4229 Forest.


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