Mattie Rhodes and the Indelible Impressions of Art

Olivia Clanton, Laurie Hamilton, Jenny Mendez
Jenny Mendez, director of cultural arts of the Mattie Rhodes Center, joins Kansas City-based artist and facilitator Olivia Clanton and Laurie Hamilton, a member of Mattie Rhodes’ original Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection steering committee, in discussing the long-important role of art at the westside center.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
Art bridges generations and cultures, and so it has long been essential to Kansas City’s Mattie Rhodes Center and its 124-year mission of community service. Jenny Mendez, the center’s director of cultural arts, joins a discussion of the growth and evolution of its collections. The panel also examines the backstories and cultural significance of pieces selected for the current Library exhibit Craft Research Lab: Mattie Rhodes Folk Art Collection.

Joining Mendez are Olivia Clanton, a Kansas City Art Institute graduate who curated the exhibit, and Laurie Hamilton, a member of Mattie Rhodes’ original Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection steering committee.

The Craft Research Lab exhibit, the last in a yearlong series curated by KCAI students, runs through December 30. It is underwritten by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts and Pam and Gary Gradinger.