ARTSPEAK RADIO with Paul Guiterrez, Anthony “AO” Oropeza, and KC Storytellers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Programs Director for the Kansas City Museum Paul Guiterrez, artist Anthony “AO” Oropeza, and KC Storytellers.

PAUL GUITERREZ, Programs Director for The Kansas City Museum.
The Kanas City Museum is implementing the following:
Effective today, March 17, the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District and the Historic Garment District Museum (800 and 801 Broadway locations) will be closed to the public through Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Public programs, tours, events, and meetings will not be permitted until after May 15, 2020. We will work closely with our program partners to reschedule activities, and we will post new dates on social media and our website.

The annual Derby Party hosted by the Kansas City Museum Foundation is rescheduled from Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020. If you have questions about the Derby Party, please contact Programs Director Paul Gutierrez at [email protected]

We are proud of the preventative measures we are taking to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Please take care of yourself and one another.
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ANTHONY “AO” OROPAZA runs AOART5, a local studio that pursues masterful artistry and design on a variety of creative projects in sports art, fine art, design, character art, consulting, and web services. Anthony’s business has the central missions of putting family first, creating work with a purpose, and using talent and hard work to assist the poor, homeless, sick and uneducated in KC. Anthony and AOART5 aim for nothing short of changing the world one project at a time–and those projects are all the more astounding as they are accomplished by working nights and weekends. In his personal work, whether he’s creating gritty yet refined sports paintings or harmonizing art and unique storytelling in his comics, design is at the center of his work. He believes that no matter the subject, be it sports or comic books, writing or murals, graphic design or web design, there will always be a need for balance, structure, and color impact. Ultimately, his goal is for the audience to emotionally connect to his pieces. Anthony believes that if a piece doesn’t connect with others, then it is just the artist’s, but if can evoke emotion from the the viewer, then the piece is the world’s. With that in mind, he designs so that the viewer doesn’t have to think, but can simply feel. Contact Information: [email protected]

KC Storyellers-Ezzy Love is a senior at F.L. Schlagle high school and is a KC Storytellers Mentor. Jamie Mayo is assistant director of youth and family engagement at the KC public library.
Lisa Burgess is a culinary arts instructor at Ft. Osage High School.

“KC Storytellers” showcases students from 19 area high schools -Students from nearly 20 area high schools will tell their inspiring stories during the fourth annual community celebration of KC Storytellers on Saturday, April 4 from 5-7 pm at the Plaza Library Truman Auditorium. (This event is currently postponed due to Covid 19).
The students, from a variety of high schools including Van Horn, Shawnee Mission, Shlagle, Rockhurst, and Blue Springs, were nominated by their teachers to help build a more united community through storytelling. Their inspiring stories will be told in their voice and shared with their peers and community.
KC Storytellers is a program organized by the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, which works to improve learning by revamping the teaching of writing in all grades and subject areas. “It takes a lot of courage to share a personal story on stage, and I encourage the community to come out to support and hear what these students have to say,” said Katie Kline, director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project. “The stories will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all they will make you proud of the young people of our community.”
The students attend two workshops to get to know each other and craft their stories. The community celebration on April 4 is a culmination of their hard work. Admission is free. Visit to reserve seats (or learn about rescheduling dates)
ABOUT KC STORYTELLERS KC Storytellers expands opportunities for student stories. The KC Storytellers have a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, come from urban and suburban schools, and represent both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line.
KC Storytellers was launched with an LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant. The LRNG grants stem from a partnership between the National Writing Project and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign to help educators extend time and space for connected learning. The connected learning theory posits that learning happens on a continuum—in school, as well as at home, work, and among friends—and is driven by students’ own interests and life experiences.


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