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The Kansas City Museum creates programs and experiences that complement and deepen the content in exhibits and installations throughout Corinthian Hall. Programs and experiences include:

  • concerts and performances
  • films
  • lectures, workshops, and special gallery talks with curators and historians
  • book readings and signings
  • culinary experiences like cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, and chef dinners
  • celebrations and traditions like Día de los Muertos, The Fairy Princess, and The Derby Party
  • virtual programs
  • private tours
  • school field trips

Some programs and experiences are free and others are ticketed. All proceeds directly support a robust and inclusive offering of public and education programs.

Programs in 2022 are sponsored in part by the generous support of Evergy and Mark One Electric through the museum’s Corporate Unity Partners corporate giving initiative.

The History Behind the Sheets – an exhibit by Michel Mirabal
On View Now – September 25, 2022
Meeting & Education Room – Second Floor
Free Exhibit. No Tickets Required.  

The Kansas City Museum presents The History Behind the Sheets, an exhibit with select paintings by Michel Mirabal and presented in partnership with Cubanisms: A Cuban Cultural Project, founded by Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commissioners Dálida T. Pupo Barrios (Cuba) and Michael McClintock (USA). While the exhibit is on view from July 14 – September 25, programming at the Museum will explore the history of KC Sister Cities and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission, the importance of international relations to the growth of Kansas City, and the importance of international cultural exchanges to Kansas City’s membership in the UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN) – as the first and only UNESCO Creative City of Music in the United States. Santiago de Cuba and Havana, Cuba are now also UCCN Cities of Music.

Michel Mirabal is a graduate of Visual Arts from the Fine Arts National Academy San Alejandro in 1996 (Cuba) and holds a specialized degree in Industrial Design from the High Institute of Design in Havana. He was awarded with the Rockefeller Scholarship after graduating, and later, with two other residency creation programs in Italy and Morocco. Michel started his career as a scenery painter for the Cuban National Ballet Company and in the Production Department of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC). His work has been included in several private and public collections around the world. In 2016 he opened his own studio “Finca Calunga,” where he said, “his dream became a reality.” Finca Calunga became the home of Michel’s art as well as a community project teaching children about art and supporting low-income families, elders, and orphaned children in Havana, Cuba.

Michel’s body of work includes paintings, drawings, photography, and mixed media installations that often include imagery of flowers, barbed wire, and banderas (flags). His work reveals both the beauty and harsh realities of struggle, survival, and transformation. He centralizes the Cuban flag as a recurring symbol and metaphor to create an honest, reflective discourse that unveils the complexity of cultural identity and nationalism and exposes the courageous resistance, resilience, and creativity needed to attain truth, independence, and freedom.

The History Behind the Sheets is on view in the Meeting & Education Room on the second floor of Corinthian Hall. This space is for meetings, programs, special events, and temporary exhibits. It is a space to create opportunities for experiences that particularly tell the untold stories of our place and time through art, culture, and conversation.

For more information, please contact Glenn North, Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact, at gnorth@kansascitymuseum.org.

Transparency and Society by Michel Mirabal

Saturday, August 20
Beer Tasting with Crane Brewing!
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Elixir – Downstairs
Free. 21 y/o+. Space is limited.
*AT CAPACITY*

Join us as we host Michael Crane from Crane Brewing in a fun, educational and tasty event.  Learn how water, grains, hops and yeast come together to make delicious beverages. Sample four different beers and light bar snacks! Participants will also receive cards good for a free beer at the brewery in Raytown, MO.  

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Saturday, August 20
7th Annual Los Sabios Commemorative Games
American Legion Post #213 (Eagles Nest)
26th and Argentine Blvd. Kansas City, Kansas
Free for all. No Tickets Required. Bring lawn chairs

Since 2015 the Kansas City Museum has sponsored commemorative fastpitch softball games in honor of the Mexican American baseball and fastpitch softball leagues that began in the Kansas City region as early as the 1920s. Much like the Negro Leagues players, Mexican immigrant players experienced discrimination and had to play in segregated leagues.   

Mexican American descendants of these early players continue to this day the love of baseball and the highly competitive sport of fastpitch softball. Third and fourth-generation team members and their families continue the tradition of annual summer tournaments played in a fiesta-like atmosphere where former players are remembered, and younger generations of players compete. In this way, community solidarity, camaraderie, and ethnic pride continue.  

Scheduled
“Oldtimers Games” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Local Mexican American Clubs All-Star Game from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Music & Food from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You and your family are invited to join in on the fun! Proudly sponsored by the Kansas City Museum and American Legion Post 213.   

Sunday, August 28
Curator Conversation: Motorcycle, 1900-1905, made by O. J. Plummer in Kansas City, MO
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Free. Space is limited. RSVP Recommended
Click here to RSVP

Join Lisa Shockley, Curator of Collections at the Kansas City Museum for a conversation centered around a motorcycle made by O.J. Plummer. Plummer was a world-class professional bicycle racer in the 1890s, who became a mechanic and turned his attention to motorcycles in the early 20th century.  

Curator Conversation is a free program offered at the Kansas City Museum on the last Sunday afternoon of the month. It is an informal conversation led by curator Lisa Shockley, beginning with historical background information offered about a particular artifact, followed by an invitation for attendees to ask questions or contribute their own personal insights or reflections.

For more information, please contact Curator of Collections, Lisa Shockley at lshockley@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7704.


Select Sundays June – September

Yoga on the East Lawn with True Love Yoga
September 11
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  
$10 per session or FREE for TLY Members
Click here to book your session/s

Since 2016, True Love Yoga has offered yoga sessions for all. Join us and True Love Yoga for a beautiful morning of yoga at the historic grounds of the Kansas City Museum! TLY founder Lauren Leduc will lead you in a grounding all-levels flow.

Lauren will graciously be donating 50% of proceeds to the museum’s renovation. Bring a mat and water, bathrooms located inside the museum.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Select Fridays June – September
Summer Concerts on the Lawn
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. *Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
$5 per adult
Free for children 12 y/o and under (must have adult present)
*No Tickets Sold at the Door*
*No Cash at the Door*

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. No glass please!
Dog and cat friendly.
Advance tickets required. Lawn space is limited to ensure a pleasant experience.

Friday, September 9
Mariachi Estrella KC
Classic and contemporary mariachi music for all ages.
Click here to purchase tickets

From right to left (Bottom to top of staircase):
Fredy Hernandez, Jesse Perez, Luis Portillo, Rafael Ornelas. Claudia Banda, Stephanie Franco