Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, December 15, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Immigratjion attorney Suzanne Gladney, gallery owner/curator Robb Gann with artists Aleksandra Walaszek, and Samuel Stevens.
SUSANNE GLADNEY, Suzanne is an Immigration Attorney. She founded MFAF in 1984. She retired from the West office managing attorney position at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in 2013 after 37 years of service. She manages MFAF full-time. 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.
Mission and Vision; No human being is illegal. Migrant farmworkers, like others, have fundamental rights to healthcare, education, and meaningful participation in society. MFAF serves, accompanies, and advocates for these unique and often marginalized people.
MFAF Requests Donations
The following is a wish list of items MFAF is currently collecting for distribution to farmworkers and their families. The items in greatest demand include:
• New Backpacks
• Brown paper grocery bags
• Reusable cloth grocery bags
• White Rice (not instant)
• Pinto Beans (dry)
• Spanish language children’s books (new or gently used)
• Children’s board books
• Clean blankets
• Children’s winter coats and sweatshirts
• Baseball caps
• Natural Tears eye drops
• Sunblock ( SPF 30+)
• Ziplock bags (Quart & Gallon size only)
• disposable Diapers (sizes 4,5,6)
If you are interested in setting up a collection drive at your school or faith community, please contact us;
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund, P.O. Box413223 KCMO, 816.968.2227, email [email protected]
ROBB GANN, ALEKSANDRA WALASZEK, SAMUEL STEVENS-Habitat Contemporary Gallery is pleased to work with our December 2021 – January 2022 artists in residence Aleksandra Walaszek and Samuel Stevens with their conceptual event Mobile Museum
The Mobile Museum project started as a collection of important and less important things, which seasoned with specific stories, became unique. The souvenirs went out into the world, began to travel and live their own life; taking with them a piece of this place.
The Mobile Museum is a platform to show the potential of narrative – a movable frame for stories told through personal items. The goal of the project is to reflect the history of place through everyday life. This conceptual process began with roots in Wrocław, Poland, and has since traveled to Kansas City for a regional communion of objects and stories. This event will happen organically around the metro area along with select event dates listed below
12.03 at 5 PM. Habitat Contemporary Gallery 1st Friday opening reception. Meet Sam Stevens, for this first public engagement of Mobile Museum.
12.15 at Noon. Tune into Artspeak Radio on KKFI, as Maria Vazquez Boyd sits down with Aleksandra Walaszek and Sam Stevens to discuss Mobile Museum
12.16 at 6 PM. KCAC will host an evening for Mobile Museum.
12.23 Artist Talk at Habitat Contemporary Gallery
01.08 Last date of Mobile Museum at Habitat Contemporary Gallery